Murdo Fraser calls for action to address poor broadband in Perth and Kinross

Scottish Conservatives MSP Murdo Fraser is calling for action to address the problem of poor broadband across Perth and Kinross.

The politician, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, states that it is an issue that is constantly raised by constituents, with some residents who live in rural areas receiving very slow speed of broadband, or none at all in some cases.

Commenting, Mr Fraser said: “Complaints about poor broadband or not having access to broadband is still one of the main issues from constituents. The reasons for it not being addressed tend to form a pattern – residents are told they can’t get broadband but may qualify for a community voucher scheme, or if they can get it they are often presented with a massive cost to have it installed.

“Now, more than ever, when many households in Perth and Kinross will have families where both parents are working from home and children doing online school work, there is great demand for fast, reliable broadband. To have some areas of the region not being able to do so in this day and age is frankly shocking.”

Mr Fraser continued: “Matters have not been helped by the SNP Government’s flagship R100 broadband roll-out programme which has been beset by delays and a legal wrangle. Nicola Sturgeon promised in the SNP’s 2016 manifesto to deliver 100% superfast broadband to all of Scotland by the end of the Parliament session this year but that obviously isn’t going to happen now.

“Instead, many residents are only being offered vouchers when what they really need is quick, reliable broadband.”

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