68.8% MORE D&G HOMES NOW CONNECTED TO SUPERFAST BROADBAND

SNP GOVERNMENT DELIVERING FOR SCOTLAND WHILE WESTMINSTER FAILS ON BROADBAND COMMITMENT

According to the latest coverage statistics from Thinkbroadband, 85.8% properties in Dumfries & Galloway are now connected to superfast broadband – a 68.8% rise from 2014 when only 17 % 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 SNP 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.

The latest figures are clear evidence that Dumfries & Galloway is benefiting from the SNP’s commitment to broadband investment.

Even though broadband is a reserved issue to Westminster, successive UK governments have done next to nothing to connect Scottish homes to superfast internet speeds. It’s been left to the SNP Government at Holyrood to invest £600 million in the R100 programme and ensure superfast broadband speeds reach every home in Scotland.

The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital connectivity to keep in touch with loved ones, helping people to work from home, and to support the local health and social care services.

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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