Call for broadband service equality in Islands

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The Vice Chair of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sustainable Development Committee, Councillor Donald Crichton, has called for all homes and businesses in the Outer Hebrides to be provided with a superfast broadband service.

He said: “We recently had a very comprehensive presentation from representatives of BT and HIE on the latest developments in relation to the roll-out of superfast broadband in the Outer Hebrides.

“Much good work has been done and many homes and businesses now have an excellent service.

“Despite that good news there are, however, clearly challenges in the rollout of this project.

“We heard about some of these challenges and some of the potential solutions.

“It will be essential over the next period that HIE and BT redouble their efforts to mitigate the identified problems and to ensure that all homes and businesses in the Outer Hebrides are provided with a superfast service.

“We cannot allow a situation of service inequality to develop in the islands and it is essential that issues are comprehensively addressed.

“If there is any shortfall in terms of resources this requires to be addressed as a matter of urgency by the Scottish Government.”