SNP drag­ging its feet over broad­band

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Of course it’s an out­rage that the Voda­fone mast on Mull has failed again.

Last win­ter, as the lo­cal MP, I spent a great deal of time get­ting this mast re­paired. I even ar­ranged for Voda­fone to be ques­tioned in front of the Scot­tish Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee.

When ques­tioned by my­self at the hear­ing, Voda­fone ad­mit­ted its in­fra­struc­ture is out of date, but said there was no point up­grad­ing the in­fra­struc­ture un­til the broad­band in­fra­struc­ture needed to trans­mit 4G sig­nals is put in place.

They promised they would bring 4G mo­bile in­ter­net to the West High­lands and Is­lands once the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has rolled out the nec­es­sary broad­band in­fra­struc­ture.

Re­spon­si­bil­ity for fund­ing the nec­es­sary broad­band in­fra­struc­ture lies with the SNP Gov­ern­ment. It has failed Ar­gyll and Bute on this. We lag be­hind other sim­i­lar ru­ral and is­land ar­eas such as High­land, Orkney and Shet­land.

Voda­fone is at fault, but so is the SNP Gov­ern­ment. It must get a move on. Lives de­pend on it. Our MSPs have let us down. They should be on their feet in Holy­rood de­mand­ing ac­tion.

Also at fault are our SNP MPs who have shut down the in­quiry into this that I had set up.

Alan Reid, Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date for Ar­gyll and Bute, Dunoon.

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