How are the SNP improving Scotland’s digital infrastructure?
Digital connectivity is critical to opening up economic opportunity in every part of Scotland. Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) have connected more than 870,000 premises so far, with more homes and business to come through 2018. According to Ofcom, “Superfast broadband availability in Scotland has increased at a faster rate than other UK nations.”
We will now go further and ensure that all homes and businesses across Scotland have access to superfast broadband by 2021, committing £600 million to the programme ‘Reaching 100%’. In the coming year the Scottish Government will launch the first phase of the project, focusing on delivering superfast broadband access to Scotland’s rural and island communities, to provide a truly national fibre network.
We are committed to delivering free wi-fi throughout major town and city centres across Scotland. And we will aim to make Scotland the most attractive place in the UK to invest in telecoms and will match the UK government’s rates relief on certain new fibre investment.
Our Mobile Action Plan was the first of its kind in the UK. To deliver this, we are reforming planning measures to create favourable conditions to invest in infrastructure and developing a programme to address 4G ‘not spots’ that are a particular problem in rural areas.