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Broadband campaign continues

March 20, 2012 5:26 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

BT has today announced an expansion of super-fast broadband available in Scotland which includes a fibre upgrade for Davidson's Mains. The upgrade will means that the high-speed service will be available for almost 4,500 homes and businesses in Davidson's Mains by spring 2012.

Mike Crockart MPMike Crockart MPCommenting on the announcement Liberal Democrat MP Mike Crockart whose constituency includes Davidson's Mains said:

"Today's announcement on superfast broadband is certainly good news for those served by the Davidson's Mains exchange. The new high-speed technology can give companies a competitive edge and I am sure that this latest investment will give the area an economic boost, attracting new businesses and encouraging web based ventures.

"Of course today's announcement comes just a day after Innerleithen was announced as one of 10 communities in the UK to triumph in BT's Race to Infinity event which saw the local community work with BT to secure a certain amount of customers and therefore an upgrade in service provision. That announcement goes to show what can be achieved if a community is willing to fight hard enough.

"I have had a tremendous response to my better broadband campaign, and the fight continues. Just this month I have had meetings with BT, Fujitsu and Virgin Media to discuss the problems with provision in and around Kirkliston in more detail.

"The other announcement which I hope will come in tomorrow's Budget is success for Edinburgh's funding bid under the Super-connected cities banner. I backed Edinburgh's case, but highlighted the need for improvement to cover the entire city and not neglect rural parts of west Edinburgh like Kirkliston, Ratho, Dalmeny and South Queensferry.

"The Scottish Parliament's Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee is due to publish its report on broadband infrastructure in Scotland in early April. I very much hope that they will have taken the points I raised in my submission on board. There is a real frustration felt by those living in the rural west because their plight seems to be being forgotten whilst the rest of the city and wholly rural communities across Scotland are seeing improvements.

"The investment in Davidson's Mains and Innerleithen will open up a whole host of opportunities and transform the way that people use the internet whether for business, homework or leisure. I very much hope that my constituents living in the rural west of the city will soon be able to enjoy broadband provision fit for the 21st century. "

You can join Mike's campaign for better broadband at www.mikecrockartmp.com