Murdo Fraser MSP backs call for full fibre broadband roll-out

Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has backed plans to ensure every home and business premise has access to full fibre broadband by 2027.

Mr Fraser says the proposals, unveiled by Scottish Conservative party leader Douglas Ross at their virtual conference, will help to rebuild communities in the Mid Scotland and Fife region after the Covid pandemic, with a huge boost to digital infrastructure.

The party’s proposals would see laws changed to ensure that every new home in Scotland must be built with full fibre broadband.

Mr Fraser says the SNP have completely broken their promise to deliver 100% super-fast broadband to all in Mid Scotland and Fife by 2021, and the proposals from the Scottish Conservatives, will help to rectify their failures.

With many workers and businesses set to continue working from home, Mr Fraser says the plans to deliver gold standard broadband in Mid Scotland and Fife will be of huge benefit to people and businesses in the region.

Commenting, Mr Fraser said: “Having access to gold standard broadband is becoming more and more of a requirement for people and businesses in Mid Scotland and Fife.

“The proposals from the Scottish Conservatives would see a major digital infrastructure upgrade in Mid Scotland and Fife which is hugely welcome.

“The SNP have broken their broadband promises because they are too focused on another divisive referendum to ensure premises throughout Mid Scotland and Fife have the broadband they need.

“Poor broadband speed and lack of broadband is still one of the main issues I receive complaints on from constituents. With more and more people working at home, we must have the digital infrastructure to cope with demand and the Scottish Conservatives bold proposals for the coming years will achieve that.”

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