Bruce welcomes broadband boost for North-east

Gordon MP Sir Malcolm Bruce has welcomed an announcement on fibre optic broadband for parts of the North-east.

Tarves and Udny are among communities set to benefit from the latest stage of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

More than 90,000 homes and businesses in 18 local authority areas across Scotland will receive new or additional broadband improvements under a scheme backed by the UK government.

The UK Government has allocated more than £100 million, 20% of the Rural Broadband Programme budget, to Scotland to support the roll out of superfast internet.

Sir Malcolm said: “I have been campaigning across the Governments to address the lack of fast broadband services in the more rural areas of the constituency for some time and so I very much welcome this announcement from the UK Government.

“It’s a reality that more and more of us are looking to organise our lives and businesses online from paying bills and shopping for essentials to running a business and working from home, reliable internet services are crucial and will also help boost the local economy in the process.

“While the focus has often been on larger towns and cities in the past, it is essential that rural Aberdeenshire does not miss out on this new technology and improves its connectivity.

“Liberal Democrats in government have made clear that ensuring all parts of the country can benefit from new digital technologies is a real priority. Fibre optic broadband will make a real difference for people in Tarves and Udny.”