The Scottish Government’s investment in broadband has given a big boost to connectivity in Falkirk district.

Figures published this week in response to a parliamentary question show 97.6% of properties in the Falkirk Council area are now able to access fibre broadband. It would have been 88% if the rollout had been left to commercial deployment.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “These new figures show how our communities have benefitted from the Scottish Government’s investment in broadband, with more than 95% of Scotland’s homes and businesses – and more than 97% in Falkirk district – now able to connect to fibre broadband.

“Thanks to our Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, thousands more local premises are connected than what would have been the case if these improvements had been left to the free market alone.

“The Scottish Government is setting its sights even higher and has pledged to deliver access speeds of at least 30Mbps to 100% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2021. Meanwhile, the UK Government appears content to leave England in the slow lane, with an aim to deliver access speeds of only 10Mbps.”