Here’s what Theresa had to say back in October 2017:
‘It’s time the Scottish Government got on with using its powers [over broadband] for the benefit of the people in Scotland.’
The Scottish government pointed out that Westminster was actually responsible for broadband infrastructure but as recently as December 2017, the Tories were still at it:
‘The SNP must “get real” about the slow rollout of superfast broadband in Scotland, the Digital Minister has said after the industry regulator confirmed it was lagging behind England and Wales.’
After an extensive analysis in Ferret online magazine concluded:
‘While the Scottish Government has some measure of control over broadband projects, telecommunications including broadband infrastructure are ultimately still reserved by Westminster, limiting the level of decision-making available to Scottish ministers.’
However, it now emerges that Scotland has the highest average broadband speeds in the UK. See this in DIGIT, yesterday, from the Ookla 2018 speed test report:
‘The new Ookla speed-test report shows that Scotland has broadband speeds well above the UK average. Based on the data, which was gathered from more than 25 million fixed broadband tests, Scotland’s average download speed was 70.29 megabits per second (Mbps). This has increased 3.56% over last year, and is 28.6% faster than the UK average as a whole. While England, Northern Ireland and Wales have all seen a small increase in their average speed, they are lagging behind Scotland. England currently remains in line with the country average at 50.41 Mbps, while Wales and Northern Ireland fall behind with 34.75 Mbps and 27.01 Mbps, respectively.’ In Scotland, the Scottish government has committed £600 million in the recent budget, to the R100 programme, which pledges to give every premise in the country superfast (30Mbps) broadband by 2020.
So, the SNP government has, once more, stepped-in to compensate for Tory incompetence just as it has had to across a range of policy areas, most notably to remedy welfare harshness in examples such as the Bedroom Tax.