Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay pushes for rural connectivity upgrades

 

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson continues to push for better connectivity for his rural constituents.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP met with representatives from OFCOM as well as Brendan Dick from Openreach in separate meetings at the Parliament this week in order to press for accelerated action to address poor mobile and internet connectivity. He also took the opportunity to raise individual cases from local residents and businesses who are having to cope with slow or and unpredictable connections.

In his meeting with OFCOM, Mr Carson also raised concerns over poor DAB Radio signal across his rural constituency, with many areas with no access to DAB or at best a limited service.

Mr Carson, who is his party’s spokesperson on the digital economy, said the meetings were positive and that he will continue to liaise with key stakeholders when it comes to rolling out superfast broadband, a service vital to the rural economy.

He is pleased that the village of Parton, will be able to access superfast FTTP (fibre to the premise)  broadband by the end of the year, with Mr Carson receiving confirmation of infrastructure upgrades from Openreach.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “Fighting for better digital connectivity is a top priority for me as a representative of the rural constituency of Galloway and West Dumfries.

“That is why I regularly meet with key stakeholders and I was pleased to be able to put constituent concerns directly to OFCOM and Openreach.

“Ensuring that our rural communities benefit as we head towards increasing deployment of the much heralded ‘Internet of Things’ widespread 5G accessibility, as well as the roll out of superfast broadband is absolutely vital for boosting the rural economy going forward.

“These were positive discussions in relation to digital connectivity, including concerns that DAB radio is not reaching many rural communities and I hope that OFCOM can address these concerns.

“My inbox is always full of complaints from residents and businesses regarding connectivity. I will be continuing to press stakeholders and the SNP Government to deliver the upgrades that are urgently required.”