The announcement today that high-speed fibre broadband is to be rolled-out in Stornoway and Tong has been welcomed by Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus Brendan MacNeil.

Welcoming the announcement Angus MacNeil MP said:

“High-speed broadband is critical in growing and maintaining the competitiveness of areas like Na h-Eileanan an Iar to ensure that our businesses can compete and residents can access modern digital services and today’s announcement will be of huge benefit to people across our islands.

“Poor broadband coverage is a handicap for many local businesses in our islands and I do appreciate there are still some harder to reach communities – I will continue to press BT to see if there are ways of getting even more people access to high-speed data connections.

“Also of great importance will be the location of cabinets by BT – to make sure that communities get broadband and are not bypassed by Fibre which would be very frustrating. I would hope that such a situation will not arise as it would be counter to the thrust of the whole initiative.”