Shetland representatives Alistair Carmichael MP and Beatrice Wishart MSP will host the first in-person Digital Forum in the isles since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. The forum will be an opportunity for islanders to raise local concerns and challenges around mobile and broadband connectivity with industry figures, as well as with their parliamentary representatives.
The event will take place between 12pm and 1.30pm in Room 16 of the Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick on Friday 17 November.
Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael said:
“The return of the Digital Forum will be a useful opportunity for islanders to put their questions about our mobile and broadband connections directly to telecoms companies. Whether it is the reliance we had on digital connections during Covid or recent cable disruptions, connectivity has never been so important.
“There are serious issues both positive and negative in the pipeline for isles connectivity – including the welcome rollout of the Shared Rural Network and the rather less welcome planned shutdown of copper wire networks – so we shall not be short on issues to discuss.
“Past Digital Forum events have been well-attended and a useful way to hold digital providers to account. I would encourage anyone with a concern or a question to raise to get in touch and join the event.
Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart said:
“After the disruption of Covid-19 I am pleased that we are once again able to host an in person Digital Forum in Shetland.
“This is an opportunity to raise concerns or issues with your internet connection with some leading organisations in the industry.
“The promises of the Scottish Government’s high-speed broadband to every home are still to be realised after many years of moving the goal posts.”