Scottish Rural Action is forming a new broadband working group to tackle concerns about the delivery of superfast broadband to rural communities.
Scottish Rural Action, the non-profit organisation that organises the Scottish Rural Parliament, believes that the current programme to deliver superfast broadband to Scotland isn’t working.
Chair Amanda Burgauer said “We want to work with communities across Scotland to create a compelling case for new measures to address these concerns which cannot be ignored. The digital divide is widening and is set to widen further with the introduction of ultrafast broadband to urban areas.
“Overall in Scotland, 86% of premises get 10Mbps; this drops to just 43% in rural communities despite considerable investment by the Government and significant efforts by rural communities to deliver broadband solutions.
“We will gather data from projects across Scotland and present evidence to Scottish Government about what’s not working and why. We will lobby for connectivity that’s fit for purpose for everyone in Scotland, regardless of rurality or difficulties with infrastructure.”
Twenty broadband groups from across Scotland have been invited to participate in the working group and further interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.