Local MSP hails city broadband boost
Edinburgh is benefiting from increased roll-out of superfast broadband because of decisive Scottish Government action, says local MSP Ben Macpherson.
Superfast broadband coverage in Edinburgh prior to the SNP Scottish Government’s intervention through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme was at 89.1%. Following Scottish Government action, the percentage of premises with access to fibre broadband in Edinburgh is 95.2% – and puts Scotland well on course to meeting the 100% coverage target by 2021.
The Ofcom figures also show that the most remote areas in Scotland have benefitted the most – and many urban areas are now approaching 100% coverage. The 95% coverage target across the country is on track to be met by the end of this year.
SNP MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith Ben Macpherson said: “The statistics speak for themselves – it is the SNP Scottish Government that has led the way in securing superfast broadband for more people and businesses across Edinburgh.
“Previously 89.1% of premises had access to superfast broadband – that figure is now at 95.2% thanks to SNP Scottish Government action. This is giving more people access to the superfast broadband they need, and allowing local businesses to flourish thanks to better connectivity.
“There is of course more to be done, and this is why I am proud that the Scottish Government has such ambitious targets in place to continue this rapid improvement. And with the 100% superfast broadband coverage target on course to be met by 2021, it is clear that it is the SNP who is taking the action needed to boost connectivity in North Edinburgh, Leith and across Scotland.”