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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18922: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assurances it can provide that there will be no excess construction charges for premises to connect to R100 programme infrastructure.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 19 October 2018

The Scottish Government does not have powers in relation to regulation of telecommunications markets, as this remains reserved to the UK Ministers. However, our understanding is that the vast majority of broadband or phone line installations involve some form of connection charge. The Scottish Government's Reaching 100% (R100) programme – in seeking to address the poor coverage in rural areas resulting from a market-driven UK model – will benchmark these at a wholesale level. It will then be a decision for individual Internet Service Providers (ISPs) whether they pass any such charges onto the consumer.