The Scottish Government has been told to "cheer up" after they were disappointed at receiving nearly £70 million from the UK government to help fund broadband services in the country. Alex Neil, the Scottish Infrastructure Secretary, last week week explained how the money that had been allocated had fallen short of the £300 million that is needed by the country to help deliver broadband across the Highlands and Islands, let alone the rest of the country.
The funds allocated were some £25 million more than would have been available if the funding allocation had been based on population size rather than other factors. The UK Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore, urged the Government to take action and get delivering rather than looking for the negatives.
"The Scottish Government needs to be more upbeat. It takes a rather sour outlook to turn nearly £70 million into a setback. Cheer up for goodness' sake and get on with delivering the improvements to our rural communities.
Instead of looking for the negative, they should step up and meet the challenge of matching UK Government investment in broadband for our rural communities. If they do that, we can move towards achieving the target of 90% of Scottish premises having superfast broadband - and everyone having access to at least 2Mbps - by 2015.
If they don't invest then they will be failing Scotland's rural communities and businesses."Michael Moore, (Scottish Secretary)
Alex Neil, who originally spoke of the disappointment of the funding responded to Mr Moore's statement as follows.
"We do find it funny that Mr Moore, as Secretary of State for Scotland, appears unaware that this funding allocation doesn't reflect the fact that Scotland has a third of the UK landmass and some of the most remote areas in these islands."Alex Neil, (Member of the Scottish Parliament) response