Faster broadband announcement is welcomed

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Internet users in Milngavie, Bearsden and beyond are set to benefit from £264million worth of investment into high-speed fibre broadband which was announced last week.

The announcement will come as a relief to those local residents who have complained about broadband speeds in the past.

It means that 85 per cent of Scottish properties have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015 and around 95 per cent by the end of 2017.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson welcomed the move.

She said: “Funding to improve the broadband network in Scotland is long overdue.

“We are pretty lucky here in East Dunbartonshire to have a relatively high quality of broadband when compared to the rest of Scotland.

“However, there are certainly local areas where this is not the case.

“Fibre broadband can open up a whole new high speed world that for so many of us is fundamental to how we live and work.”

UK Government Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The complex and remote landscape of much of Scotland makes this one of the largest and most challenging projects in the nationwide rollout of superfast broadband.

“This contract, signed today, marks the beginning of a transformation of broadband services for the population of southern and mid Scotland.

“Together with the already agreed Highlands and Islands project, this will be instrumental in driving growth and boosting local economies throughout the country, and it will help achieve the UK Government’s objective of reaching 95 per cent of UK premises by 2017.”