Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson criticises SNP for failing to meet another broadband target

 

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has criticised the SNP Government for missing another deadline on their R100 broadband programme.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP challenged SNP Connectivity Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP in the chamber after the SNP missed a target of the end of September to announce a preferred bidder or bidders to carry out the contract.

In June, Mr Wheelhouse admitted there had been further delays to the bidding process but anticipated that an announcement would be made by the end of September.

No announcement has been made, with Mr Wheelhouse apologising to Mr Carson for missing that deadline as well as saying that he expects a significant announcement to be made very soon regarding the bidding process.

Mr Carson says he awaits news of a preferred bidder with bated breath, with the SNP Government already failing to meet many key targets in relation to their flagship broadband policy, which is of great frustration to his constituents and businesses.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “The SNP continue to talk up their R100 programme but the reality is that it is beset with delays and missed deadlines.

“The fact that they still couldn’t announce a bidder by the end of September after setting this target in June is hugely disappointing and I await the significant announcement with bated breath.

“It is clear to everyone bar the SNP Government that the R100 programme is not on schedule which is of huge frustration for rural constituents and businesses like mine across Galloway and West Dumfries.

“They have been waiting patiently for years to see significant improvements in their broadband which is poor or even non-existent.

“This latest missed deadline is another example of SNP mismanagement on a flagship policy and they urgently need to deliver positive news on the bidding process.

“Having access to super-fast broadband is absolutely vital for the rural economy, but the SNP are majorly failing to deliver on rolling that out currently.”