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S5W-02473: Ross Thomson (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to improve the provision of superfast broadband in (a) the City of Aberdeen and (b) Aberdeenshire, and what steps it will take to improve that provision.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 23 September 2016

The Scottish Government and our partners are delivering a number of national broadband projects that will benefit the City of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) Programme will extend fibre broadband access to at least 95% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2017. Following completion of the DSSB Programme at least 96% of premises in the City of Aberdeen and 89% in Aberdeenshire will have fibre access. In parallel, Community Broadband Scotland is supporting community-led broadband projects across the region.

Digital infrastructure projects will also form part of the £250 million Aberdeen City Region Deal that was agreed between the Scottish Government, UK Government and regional partners earlier this year. The Scottish Government is providing an additional £254 million, over and above the City Deal, to help deliver a more significant step change to the economy of the north east.

The Scottish Government is committed to building on the success of these programmes and achieving 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2021. Areas within the City of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire which currently receive sub-superfast speeds, and where no commercial investment is planned, will fall within the scope of this programme.