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34.9% MORE HOUSEHOLDS IN WEST LOTHIAN CONNECTED TO SUPERFAST BROADBAND

34.9% MORE HOUSEHOLDS IN WEST LOTHIAN CONNECTED TO SUPERFAST BROADBAND

Published date : 14 September, 2020

Angela Constance  MSP  has welcomed new figures that show a huge boost to connectivity in West Lothian,  thanks to significant investment from the Scottish Government.

 

According to the latest coverage statistics from Thinkbroadband, 97.9%  properties in West Lothian are now connected to superfast broadband – a 34.9% rise from 2014 when only 63% properties were connected to internet speeds of at least 30Mbps.

 

A report published this week from Ofcom also found that 172,889 properties across Scotland have been connected to superfast broadband in the last year alone.

 

Despite connectivity and broadband remaining reserved to Westminster, Scotland is the only part of the UK that has guaranteed 100% superfast broadband access.

 

While the Scottish Government  is investing £600 million in the R100 programme, the single biggest public sector investment in digital connectivity in the UK, Westminster has contributed less than £21 million to the project – just 3% of the total funding.

 

Commenting, Ms Constance said - 

 

“These latest figures are clear evidence that West Lothian has reaped the rewards of Scottish Government  broadband investment.

 

“Broadband is of course a reserved issue to Westminster, but successive UK governments have sat on their hands and done next to nothing to connect Scottish homes to superfast internet speeds.

 

“It’s been left to the Scottish Government to take up the mantle and invest £600 million in the R100 programme to ensure superfast broadband speeds reach every corner of Scotland.

 

“The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital connectivity - helping thousands of people in Almond Valley work from home, keeping us in touch with loved ones and supporting our local health service.

 

 

 

ENDS

 

Notes:

 

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/202571/connected-nations-summer-update-2020.pdf

 

Thinkbroadband (SUPERFAST) coverage statistics (as of July 2020)

 

 

Superfast coverage (30Mbps and above)

 

 

 

FIGURE A

FIGURE B

FIGURE C

Local Authority

2014

2020

Increase

Aberdeen City

71.6%

96.7%

25.1%

Aberdeenshire

16.6%

83.4%

66.8%

Angus

58.8%

89.2%

30.4%

Argyll & Bute

0.9%

84.1%

83.2%

City of Edinburgh

90.5%

98.5%

8.0%

Clackmannanshire

54.2%

98.0%

43.8%

Dumfries & Galloway

17.0%

85.8%

68.8%

Dundee City

95.2%

99.1%

3.9%

East Ayrshire

48.5%

94.6%

46.1%

East Dunbartonshire

77.6%

98.1%

20.5%

East Lothian

31.9%

92.4%

60.5%

East Renfrewshire

84.6%

98.5%

13.9%

Falkirk

85.2%

97.5%

12.3%

Fife

52.9%

96.5%

43.6%

Glasgow City

75.2%

98.9%

23.7%

Highland

20.3%

80.7%

60.4%

Inverclyde

72.0%

97.6%

25.6%

Midlothian

44.0%

93.5%

49.5%

Moray

6.9%

88.1%

81.2%

Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Outer Hebrides)

1.3%

78.5%

77.2%

North Ayrshire

40.9%

96.6%

55.7%

North Lanarkshire

77.3%

98.6%

21.3%

Orkney Islands*

11.1%

64.9%

53.8%

Perth & Kinross

39.3%

86.9%

47.6%

Renfrewshire

76.7%

98.0%

21.3%

Scottish Borders

20.8%

87.8%

67.0%

Shetland Islands**

28.9%

75.2%

46.3%

South Ayrshire

44.9%

94.8%

49.9%

South Lanarkshire

70.2%

96.1%

25.9%

Stirling

56.5%

91.7%

35.2%

West Dunbartonshire

88.7%

99.2%

10.5%

West Lothian

63.0%

97.9%

34.9%

 

 

* No data available before December 2014

** No data available before September 2014

 

  


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