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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04014: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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.