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MSP calls for cross-party summit on broadband

Nanette Milne, 03/02/2011

The North East MSP has today written to Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment to ask for the Scottish Government to carry out an assessment of the project and invite Cornwall Council and BT to a cross-party summit on broadband.

Nanette Milne, Conservative MSP for the North East said:

I welcome the positive approach the Scottish Government has taken to my suggestions.

My campaign to secure better broadband for communities across the North East has already attracted widespread support and I am grateful to the many local residents who have contacted me. North East homes and businesses deserve access to the latest 21st Century technology.

I know from speaking to people in rural communities that they have faced specific problems with connectivity in the past and I hope that the Scottish Government will learn from other projects such as the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly project, which has brought together Cornwall Council and BT to deliver 100 per cent coverage of faster broadband cost effectively through a network that will be open to all communications providers equally, which will potentially benefit more than 10,000 businesses.

I would like to see the Scottish Government hold a cross-party summit on broadband with all interested parties including Scotland 32 local authorities to see how we can get end the digital divide and deliver efficient broadband to all parts of the country, including rural Aberdeenshire.

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