Date lodged: 25 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had or plans with broadband providers regarding the (a) cost and (b) speed of connections in rural, remote and island areas compared with urban areas.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 2 November 2016
The Scottish Government has regular dialogue with broadband providers on a range of issues, including speeds. Responsibility for overseeing the quality of service, cost, and speeds delivered by broadband providers sits with Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator. The Scottish Government has regular dialogue with Ofcom to ensure that the UK-wide regulatory environment takes account of the specific challenges facing Scotland, particularly rural, remote and island communities.