Bute MP wants more cash for rural broadband

Alan Reid MP says he will continue to work to improve broadband provision for homes and businesses across Argyll and Bute.
Alan Reid MP says he will continue to work to improve broadband provision for homes and businesses across Argyll and Bute.

Bute’s MP Alan Reid has called for more investment in rural broadband provision during question time in the HOuse of Commons.

Mr Reid, the Liberal Democrat MP for Argyll and Bute, quizzed Ed Vaizey, the parliamentary under-secretary for culture, media and sport, on the provision of next generation broadband throughout the Highlands and Islands - a running sore throughout the area, and on Bute, as rural householders watch with envy the rollout of 4G services to those living in Britain’s cities and major towns.

“Approximately 17 per cent of the homes in Argyll and Bute will not receive next generation broadband from the BT contract to lay fibre-optic cables,” Mr Reid said in the Commons.

“More innovative solutions are needed to deliver next generation broadband throughout the Highlands and Islands.”

In response Mr Vaizey said he was happy to work with the Scottish Government to ensure all homes in Argyll and Bute get access to proper next-generation broadband, and mentioned an additional £250 million to be spent on bringing super-fast broadband to 95 per cent of homes by 2017.

Speaking after the exchange, Mr Reid said: “I am pleased that this money will be available to bring broadband to homes which BT’s fibre optic cables will not reach. I will keep working to extend broadband throughout Argyll and Bute as speedily as possible.”