Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson hits out at SNP's lack of assurances on broadband


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has hit out at the SNP Government’s failure to give assurances over delivering superfast broadband by 2021.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Programme for Government failed to give timescales on when deployment of the R100 programme will begin.

That is despite the SNP Government being committed to delivering superfast broadband to everyone in 2021.

However, the contract awards have been delayed until till the end of this month with sign off not expected until the end of the year.

Mr Carson believes the failure from the SNP to give clarity on their flagship programme continues to leave residents and businesses in the dark as to when they will enjoy superfast broadband.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “The SNP constantly talk about delivering superfast broadband for all, but the reality for households and businesses is far different.

“The R100 programme is beset with delays with contracts still to be awarded for the deployment process.

“There has also been a fall in the amount that has been invested in the scheme in recent Scottish Government budgets, which makes you question how committed they are to the project.

“Households and businesses across my rural constituency are being left in the dark as to when they will receive the superfast broadband they so badly need, which simply is not good enough from this SNP Government.”