Clarify broadband delivery status in rural Scotland.

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Clarify broadband delivery status in rural Scotland.

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It is widely acknowledged that broadband is an essential service and yet many people in rural Scotland do not yet receive even basic broadband.

It is one of the most limiting factors affecting businesses, communities and individuals in rural areas and has a significant impact on our economy.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband Programme, which BT has been commissioned to deliver, aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to areas where commercial infrastructure providers have chosen not to develop. It is the intention that combined with current commercial roll-out plans, 95% of premises in Scotland should have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2017 and 85% by the end of 2015.

Community Broadband Scotland has been set-up to focus on providing broadband solutions in the areas that are least likely to benefit from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollouts.

However, until BT confirm where they will not be delivering fibre broadband connections, rural communities cannot access the services of Community Broadband Scotland. These communities are in limbo. Broadband is such an essential service that businesses do not choose to invest and people do not choose to live in places without good broadband speeds.

We demand immediate clarification of the status of different areas of Scotland and transparency from BT over when these decisions will be made.

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