Highland Council Call for Improved Digital Connectivity
Councillors urge the government to invest in digital connectivity across the Highlands.
08:22 09 July 2020
Margaret Davidson, the leader of the Highland Council, appeals to two UK ministers to invest in digital connectivity across the Highlands.
Addressing Minister of Energy Paul Wheelhouse and Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack, Ms Davidson said: "As we look to recover from this pandemic in the Highlands, a key element of that recovery will be to ensure that digital connectivity is available right across the region.
"This will be a critical enabler for individuals, communities and businesses as they get back on their feet.
"I have been frustrated and disappointed by the slow progress of R100 in the Highlands which has been delayed further by a contractual dispute.
"I am therefore really keen to discuss with both the Scottish and UK Governments how they can speed up the delivery of a full fibre broadband network for the Highlands.
"The vision behind the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal is to position the city and the Highlands as a region of digital opportunity.
"If that vision is to become a reality, then we need action now.
"It is simply not acceptable that we are disadvantaged by a digital divide. As we recover from this pandemic, the need for a full fibre network across the Highlands has never been more critical to our future."