One in ten homes and businesses in Banff and Buchan are still unable to access the basic level of internet speeds, according to figures from BT.
The statistics show that 10% are struggling with speeds slower than 10Mbps, which is the minimum level under the Universal Service Obligation (USO).
As many as 41% in some parts of the constituency are unable to access superfast speeds of up to 30Mbps. Coverage for BT’s proposed new 4G hubs is also patchy across the constituency.
The BT statistics suggest that it will 2032 before there is 100% superfast coverage across Banff and Buchan. The SNP government in Edinburgh previously pledged that it would reach 100% by 2021.
Scottish Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan David Duguid said
These figures show there is still a long way to go until we can provide reliable, fast broadband connections for all in Banff and Buchan.
It is clear the SNP’s previous promises of delivering superfast broadband by 2021 are just not going to happen.
In fact, it could be more than ten years before we reach that point.
The Scottish Government has just announced it is providing 23,000 I-pads and laptops to low-income families at a cost of £43million under the Connecting Scotland programme.
No-one would dispute any effort to get more people connected. Unfortunately, these devices won’t be of much use for those that are unable to access a basic level of broadband or 4G mobile coverage.
We cannot risk allowing young people to be left behind – or for households in rural areas to continue to struggle with slow or non-existent broadband.
Delivery of these targets should be a priority as we work to rebuild our economy after the Covid-19 pandemic.
You can view the slide deck supplied by BT below