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The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project has seen over 95 per cent of Scotland’s homes and businesses now able to connect to fibre broadband.
Without the DSSB programme, which has the financial backing of £280 million from across the public sector in Scotland, approximately only 66 per cent of Scotland would be able to receive fibre broadband.
DSSB, delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise in its area, and the Scottish Government in the rest of Scotland, saw the 95 per cent target hit at the end of 2017, as set out in the Scottish government’s Programme for Government 2017.
Fergus Ewing, Connectivity Secretary, said: “Fast and reliable internet is fundamental for the future economic and social success of communities right across Scotland. This is a landmark for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, which has connected around 890,000 premises to fibre broadband, and is ensuring Scotland can offer world-class digital infrastructure.
“However, we want to go further, and we are now focusing on delivering our £600 million ‘Reaching 100 per cent’ programme, which is the biggest public investment ever made in a single UK broadband project. This will make sure every single premise in Scotland can access a speeds of at least 30Mbps by the end of 2021.”