McLeod welcomes further rollout of next generation broadband

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government of the next tranche of communities which will be upgraded to next generation broadband, which include Lochans, Leswalt, Newton Stewart, Port William, Sandhead, Whithorn and Wigtown.
Aileen said:

“I am delighted with this further announcement from the Scottish Government of the next communities across Galloway to be upgraded to next-generation broadband. I am particularly pleased to see much more rural parts of Galloway starting to benefit from the rollout too.

“Reliable access to fast broadband is now a major business requirement given the extent to which business is now transacted online. And broadband has the potential to overcome physical distance and rurality and allow businesses across our region to find new markets.

“I can also imagine its potential in other areas of activity. For example, to promote Whithorn as the cradle of Christianity in Scotland and a site of major historical significance, perhaps through a virtual pilgrims route as well as the European Cultural Route we eventually hope to establish.

“I think that we are only scratching the surface as far as the potential of digital technology is concerned and once we see more and more of the region connected we will really start to realise the benefits.”

Notes to editors:

Further details of the announcement can be found here:
http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Superfast-broadband-boost-eb5.aspx

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