Scottish government addresses rural broadband access problems

The Scottish government is tackling rural broadband access problems with a special £3.5m connectivity programme.

The Scottish government is tackling rural broadband access problems with a special £3.5m connectivity programme.

Individuals and businesses have been asked to come forward about their broadband connectivity problems so they can be addressed by the Scottish government.

An open procurement process, worth up to £3.5m, has now started to find suitable providers to deliver services to rural users currently experiencing problems.

Enterprise minister, Jim Mather, said, "Broadband is an increasingly vital tool for business and is now used by more and more households as a standard utility.

"By extending the availability of affordable broadband, we can help create a wealthier and fairer Scotland."

Anyone with access problems should inform the Scottish government by the end of 2007 to enable connectivity work to begin in 2008.

Scotland is said to have more than 99% broadband availability, but the Scottish government says it has been monitoring continuing access difficulties and it aims to satisfy unmet demand for affordable broadband.

Scots experiencing broadband access problems can register via an online service.

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