BDUK boost Scottish share of broadband pot to £100.8 million
A re-evaluation of broadband funding means that an extra £32 million will be made available for Scotland it has been announced today. BDUK have undertaken a more detailed analysis of the requirements for Scotland and following this has decided to increase the total spend for the region to £100.8 million from the original £68.8 million announced in August 2011.
"Access to superfast broadband means Scottish businesses can expand, develop new markets and compete globally. It also allows local communities to access public services more quickly and efficiently online.
"Providing Scotland with high-speed broadband is essential for businesses to grow and to create the new jobs we need. That is why the UK government believes broadband is essential not only for everyday life, but also for the future economic success of Scotland and the UK."Michael Moore, Scottish Secretary
The Scottish government were initially disappointed with the funding allocation made by BDUK, and spoke out publicly calling it unrealistic considering the expense required to enable broadband in some regions being far higher than this.