Confirmation that county is least connected part of Lothians

A reply to a parliamentary question tabled by Iain Gray MSP has confirmed that fewer properties in East Lothian have access to superfast broadband of 30 Megabits per second (Mbps) than anywhere else in the Lothians.

The reply from Paul Wheelhouse MSP states that: “92.6% of all properties in East Lothian now have access to superfast broadband of 30 Megabits per second (Mbps). This compares with 98.8% in the City of Edinburgh, 94.3% in Midlothian and 98.1% in West Lothian.”

Commenting on the response, Iain Gray MSP said:

“Throughout the time I have represented the East Lothian constituency, we have experienced problems with broadband connectivity and been at the back of the queue for investment in this vital infrastructure.

“Despite repeated assurances from Ministers that the Scottish Government is acting to ensure that everyone can benefit from superfast broadband, I still receive regular complaints from constituents about lacklustre broadband speeds that are simply not up to scratch.

“This has been a particular problem for many households over the last year with additional pressures created by home working, remote learning and more streaming for entertainment. This underlines the reality that broadband is now an essential service in the same way as electricity and water.

“The latest reply from Paul Wheelhouse confirms that we continue to lag behind the rest of the Lothians, with around one in 10 households here still without access to the broadband speed they need.

“East Lothian Council and local organisations such as Lothian Broadband have been doing their best to try and plug the gaps and improve broadband access and speeds, but they desperately need more investment from governments at UK and Scottish level to bring our broadband infrastructure up to the level required.”