Councillor says download speeds in much of Angus are unacceptable
The “blatant inequality” of broadband coverage in Tayside has left people in rural Angus “feeling like second-class citizens”.
That is the view of Liberal Democrat Ben Lawrie, ward member for Monifieth and Sidlaw, who hit out at the “postcode lottery” despite the Scottish Government’s aim for Scotland to become a “world-class digital nation” by 2020.
Mr Lawrie said it was important rural communities are not left behind and wants the council to work with telecoms providers to improve the quality of coverage across the county to “an acceptable level for all residents”.
A survey carried out by Infogram from January to March this year showed the average download speed was 14.5Mbs in Angus, compared to 28.7Mbs in Dundee.
“It is frustrating to see this postcode lottery coverage,” said Mr Lawrie.
“Our neighbours in Dundee are lucky to have the fastest average download speed in Scotland, amongst the fastest in the UK.
“Meanwhile, here in Angus, fewer than 65% of premises can receive an average speed of more than 24Mbs.