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11 June 2019

FSB: Broadband delays will frustrate businesses

Reference number: SPUR1106

The Scottish Government may not meet their manifesto commitment to deliver universal superfast broadband by the end of 2021, a Minister has suggested.  

In an exchange in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government Minister for Connectivity Paul Wheelhouse said that the delivery date for a universal service was dependent upon negotiation with potential contractors.

Stuart Mackinnon, FSB’s external affairs manager for Scotland, said: “While more Scottish firms can get good broadband than ever before, businesses without good digital connectivity will be frustrated to hear that the Scottish Government’s flagship commitment is under threat.

“Decent broadband speeds are a necessity not a luxury. HMRC now expects most businesses to make regular digital returns and customers expect the businesses with which they trade to be connected. It is therefore no surprise that our members have repeatedly told us that fixing Scotland’s spotty digital connectivity is one of their highest priorities for government.

“At the earliest possible point, Ministers must give communities and local businesses certainty about when this vital project will be completed.”