The Government estimates that fast broadband will create 56,000 more jobs in the UK by 2024. We want to ensure that as many of these positions can be filled by people living in rural areas as is possible.
Superfast broadband boost for the Scottish countryside is announced
The extra £20.9m, announced today by the Government, for superfast broadband to help business start-up and job creation in hard-to-reach areas of Scotland, is a very welcome boost to rural communities, says Scottish Countryside Alliance director Jamie Stewart.
“Superfast broadband provision in the countryside lags significantly behind that in urban areas,” says Jamie. “The Government’s efforts to resolve this imbalance should be praised.
“The Government estimates that fast broadband will create 56,000 more jobs in the UK by 2024. We want to ensure that as many of these positions can be filled by people living in rural areas as is possible.
“Working online means that businesses do not have to be based in, or close to, big cities, but ironically this facility is not currently available to many of those living in the countryside.”
The £20.99m for Scotland is part of a £250m fund announced by Culture Secretary Maria Miller today. It is in addition to the £1.2bn already pledged by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to ensure 95% of the British population has access to fast broadband by 2017.
The money will be offered to local authorities, on a match-funding basis, to fund local initiatives.
For more information, contact Jamie Stewart on 01890 818554 Countryside Alliance head of media Charlotte Cooper on 0207 8409220 and 07500 834163 or email [email protected]
Notes for editors
• The Government announcement can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/250m-boost-taking-superfast-broadband-further-and-faster--251