Date lodged: 30 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what powers it has to intervene in semi-rural areas where broadband provision is inadequate.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 7 June 2018
The delivery of telecoms services in Scotland is a matter reserved to the UK Government.
In spite of this, the Scottish Government has chosen to act, and is now working to build upon the success of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband roll-out, which - combined with commercial coverage - has delivered over 98% superfast fibre coverage in the City of Edinburgh Council area.
We have announced a substantial investment of £600 million in the initial phase of the Reaching 100% programme, as per our commitment to deliver 100% superfast broadband access across the country.
Procurement is well underway, and I believe the allocation of funding for each of the three lots – with the majority going to the North and South lots – reinforces our view that public spending should be focussed where it is needed most – in rural Scotland.