MP appeals for internet speed hike

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EDINBURGH West Liberal Democrat MP Mike Crockart has appealed for Kirkliston and South Queensferry not to be forgotten in the roll-out of high-speed broadband.

He welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement in this week’s spending review that an extra £200 million will be available to expand access to superfast broadband to 95 per cent of UK households, including rural areas.

Mr Crockart, who is running a better broadband campaign in the rural west of the city, said having high-speed braodband was now an essential part of everything from business to homework for school children, and insisted outlying areas of the city should be equipped as soon as possible.

“There is no doubting that digital inclusion is essential for rural economies as well as for everyday tasks like online banking and research for homework,” he said.

“But we must not forget other less remote areas which still receive unbelievably poor service. Communities like Kirkliston, Ratho, Ratho Station, Dalmeny and South Queensferry experience incredibly slow and often nonexistent connectivity. It seems ludicrous for areas so close to the city to have such poor connection.”