Stevenson responds to broadband charge change

Following OfCom’s instruction to BT to change the charging structure for broadband services in remote areas Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said it is a welcome step but more is required.

The SNP Government has proposed further support and investment in rural broadband including the Next General Digital Fund to ensure all of Scotland is able to access fast broadband services.

Last month the Scottish Parliament backed SNP proposals to improve rural connectivity and the UK Government’s commitment to extend superfast broadband.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said: “This is a welcome move. Anything to drive down the cost of broadband has to be welcomed.

“I represent many people in rural locations whose internet is agonisingly slow with BT the only provider. BT has significant responsibilities and the lack of inclination to provide better broadband has hit businesses and stunted growth.

“This is an issue of real importance to Scotland’s rural economy and the SNP Government’s commitment to see improved broadband and digital services across Scotland will help grow the economy.

“The key test for BT will be if people in similar areas across Scotland see a marked improvement in their broadband speeds.”