Carmichael Secures debate on Rural Broadband

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has secured a debate on the rollout of superfast broadband on rural communities. The debate is scheduled for 21 February 2017.

Commenting on the debate, Mr. Carmichael said:

This debate will be very important for many in the isles. Reliable broadband in rural areas is a necessity of modern life. We need to ensure that the universal roll out works for all of our communities, not just the larger conurbations.

While the roll out so far has seen some improvement in some areas in Orkney and Shetland, there are still many areas where there is slow or no broadband.

The UK and Scottish Governments have invested significant amounts of money in superfast broadband rollout, but the impact of that has not met expectations. We need to get away from the idea of leaving the “hard rural areas” until last. As one of my constituents put it at the last Northern Isles Digital Forum in Shetland, in her years of experience working in the NHS, if they left the difficult patients until last, then most of her patients would have died.

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