High speed broadband ‘on way to Argyll and Bute’, says MP

Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid has welcomed news of the European green light to roll out high speed broadband to homes and businesses throughout the UK.

Mr Reid said the EU’s state aid approval paves the way for the UK’s £530 million rural broadband scheme - £100m of which has been allocated to Scotland - to start in earnest, allowing work to begin on broadband projects in Argyll and Bute.

“Getting the green light from Brussels is a huge boost for a widespread rural area like Argyll and Bute,” Mr Reid said.

“High speed broadband is essential to creating growth, jobs and prosperity.

“Left to its own devices BT would only bring superfast broadband to cities and some towns, but many small towns and rural areas would have missed out.

“The Government’s aim is to connect 90 per cent of homes to superfast broadband (24MBps) and ensure the rest have access to at least 2Mbps.

The job of delivering high speed broadband throughout the Highlands and Islands has been given to Highlands and Islands Enterprise.