Nearly 9,000 without access to basic internet in Perth and Kinross

New figures from industry regulator Ofcom show that nearly 9,000 properties in Perth and Kinross are still without adequate access to the internet.

The information, published in the regulator’s Connected Nations Update: Spring 2018, show that 8,688 properties in Perth and Kinross do not have a speed of 10 Mb/s, which Ofcom deem is the speed necessary for an average family.

Only 0.4% of premises in Perth and Kinross are able to receive full fibre broadband, which compares poorly to 7.8% in Fife.

These figures from Ofcom are more accurate than the Scottish Government’s own data because Ofcom takes in to account the loss of speed along a copper wire.

The information comes just days after the Scottish Minister in charge of delivering superfast broadband, Fergus Ewing MSP, boasted that the Scottish Government’s progress in delivering superfast broadband had been “remarkable.”

Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;

“Residents in Perth and Kinross are languishing with some of the slowest broadband connections in the whole of the UK and that simply isn’t good enough.

“For the nearly 9,000 people without access to basic speeds, the UK Government’s universal service provision can’t come quick enough.

“While Scotland as a whole may be slowly catching up with the rest of the UK, the reality in Perth and Kinross is that far too many people are still without a decent broadband connection.

“This hasn’t been helped by the fact that the Scottish Government has sat on more than £20m in funding for broadband, given to it by the UK Government in 2014.

“In this day and age, a decent internet connection is a necessity, not a luxury, which is why it was the right move by the UK Government to create a universal service obligation and to work directly with local authorities for the next phase of broadband delivery.”

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