Date lodged: 17 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of priority or blackspot areas for its R100 programme.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 April 2018
Telecommunications, including investment in and supporting of broadband infrastructure, is a matter reserved to the UK Government. Despite this, the Scottish Government is the only UK administration to have committed to delivering 100% superfast broadband access.
The R100 Intervention Area was determined through an Open Market Review (a detailed consultation with suppliers and a necessary part of the State Aid approval process), which identified premises that will not have superfast broadband access delivered, either commercially or via the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
Within this intervention area, we have taken the decision to focus the initial R100 procurement on more rural areas, incentivising suppliers to target the most difficult to reach premises.