Date lodged: 14 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made with the roll-out of superfast broadband.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 21 December 2016
That progress is supported by findings from Ofcom's Connected Nations 2016 report which indicates that superfast broadband coverage in Scotland has increased from 73% in 2015 to 83% in 2016 - the greatest increase across the UK, with a year-on-year rise of almost 14%, compared to an average of around 7% for the other nations.
Our £400 million investment through the Digital Scotland Superfast Programme is having a significant impact across Scotland, with around 679,000 homes and businesses connected so far.
And we will go further. We are committed to delivering 100% superfast coverage by 2021. Last week’s Budget confirmed an initial £51 million to support the first phase of activity to deliver that commitment, with further funding available in future years.