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Broadband delay will disappoint firms

The Scottish Government confirmed today that it would fail to deliver universal superfast broadband to domestic and non-domestic premises by the end of 2021. 

Andrew McRae, FSB’s Scotland policy chair, said: “Scottish broadband infrastructure has improved dramatically over the last few years. But that’s of little comfort to any independent Scottish business that continues to waste time or miss opportunities due to poor connectivity. 

“When everyone from the banks to the taxman expects all businesses to have good broadband, this new delay will be bitterly disappointing for many businesses still stuck in the digital slow lane. A new voucher scheme might plug some gaps, but that’s not what firms thought they were promised. At the very least Ministers must deliver on these revised timescales.”