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Cumbernauld’s MSP wants people to make views known on broadband speed debate

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 10:05 GMT on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011.

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CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth MSP, Jamie Hepburn, vice Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, has encouraged local residents to voice their opinions about the availability and roll out of broadband services in Scotland. 

Jamie Hepburn MSP said: "A broadband internet connection is vital for modern communication, for residential and commercial users alike – but I am aware that there are still some areas in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth where internet provision isn’t as good as it could be. 

“It is unfortunate that for too many in the local area poor broadband connectivity is a problem, and I have been contacted by a number of constituents regarding this issue in the past."

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Jamie's comments come after the Scottish Parliament's Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee last week launched an assessment of the coverage, availability and uptake of broadband services across Scotland. 

Throughout the assessment the Committee will consider the ways in which different local areas are working to promote access to broadband and what work is required to expand Scotland’s digital infrastructure.

Mr Hepburn added: "Seeking the views of the public is important for the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, so that Scotland’s broadband needs in the future can be properly assessed. I would encourage anyone with a view on local broadband services to make their voice heard by making a representation to the committee.”

Mr Hepburn has been contacted, a number of times, by constituents with poor access to broadband internet has encouraged people to have their say through the Scottish Parliament website.

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