Linda Fabiani MSP has welcomed the recent announcement that more fibre broadband has gone live in East Kilbride and South Lanarkshire thanks to the £428M Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband roll-out.
Many of the latest local premises to be passed by the roll-out were previously served by ‘exchange only’ lines, a historic legacy of the copper network once thought to be out of the reach of high-speed fibre services.
This is the case in bits of East Kilbride as more coverage has now gone live, as well as in Hamilton, Lanark, Rutherglen and Stonehouse.
Linda Fabiani MSP said:
“It is fantastic news that the Scottish Government is on target to reach 95% of fibre coverage by the end of this year, with the programme still progressing further. East Kilbride has seen the benefit of this rollout, and will continue to do so in the next couple of years.
“There have been issues in parts of the town – bits of Lindsayfield in particular have suffered from lower speeds. Whilst improvement is ongoing, I will continue to monitor and meet regularly with Digital Scotland.”
The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme underpins the Scottish Government’s aim for Scotland to become a world class digital nation by 2020. Local people can check the Digital Scotland website to find out if they can get a fibre-based service.