On Monday 5th of February 2018 our chair Amanda was invited to give evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee. You can download our full response paper on this issue. You can also watch the full evidence session.
- SRA Broadband Working Group investigated rural broadband and made recommendations in a report in 2016.
- Good connectivity is vital to the socio-economic well-being of rural Scotland.
- R100’s proposed 30 Mbps+ speeds should be seen as minimum but speed is only one factor, so are resilience, latency and reliability.
- Investment in broadband and mobile connectivity should have a clear path for upgrade and sustainability.
- FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) is the preferred solution for rural communities wherever possible.
- Community broadband groups have been frustrated by lack of progress in rural areas and/or by poor communication. This negative experience has affected other community projects, not just related to broadband.
- Rural residents could be priced out of participating digitally. This has impact on the rural economy but, combined with wider access and digital skills, could impact directly on the sustainability of rural communities.