Tory lies and confusion as it’s revealed Scotland has 28% faster average broadband speed that in the rest of UK. Could the SNP be involved in some way?


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.

3 thoughts on “Tory lies and confusion as it’s revealed Scotland has 28% faster average broadband speed that in the rest of UK. Could the SNP be involved in some way?

  1. Scott February 1, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    John we will have to take you to task over this story as we have it on the best of authority that the Scottish Government have cut in half investment in DC in the last year and Broadband is worse in Scotland,don’t blow a fuse yet,

    The best authority is coming from none other than the very good expert on all things SNPbad MURDO FRASER

    Have a rest now did not mean to upset you

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    • johnrobertson834 February 2, 2018 / 1:34 am

      Thanks for being honest with me. If there’s been a Murdo, I must listen.


  2. Ludo Thierry February 2, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    Listen to a ‘Murdo’? – That’s surely ‘above and beyond duty’? – Maybe Murdo can seek information on whether Mr. Munro (prop. Barrhead Travel – and noted Better Together Project fear manager – who remembers the pay-poke note with the Vote Yes and lose your job-type message?). Presumably Mr. Munro has given up the UK union as a failed project – and has thrown in his lot with a New and Improved Better Together with Trump’s USA? (See Beeb Jockland headline below):

    Scottish holiday firm Barrhead Travel has been bought by one of North America’s largest travel companies.
    US-based Travel Leaders Group said it had reached an agreement to acquire the Glasgow-based group, but did not disclose the terms.

    Sorry Murdo – The Col. couldn’t cut it and Barrhead Travel is heading to Trumpland.

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