Coun­cil­lor says down­load speeds in much of An­gus are un­ac­cept­able

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News - Graeme sTra­chan

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.

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