The rollout of superfast broadband in the Falkirk Council area has been boosted thanks to decisive action by the Scottish Government.

The percentage of premises in Falkirk district with access to fibre broadband has increased from 88% to 96.4% since the SNP Government’s intervention through the £428million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

The latest figures by watchdog Ofcom show the country is well on course to meeting the 100% coverage target by 2021.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “These figures show how the Scottish Government has led the way in securing superfast broadband for more people and businesses across Falkirk district since we stepped in to fix the UK Government’s mess.

“Without this investment, Scotland would still be lagging behind. But thanks to the Scottish Government’s ambitious targets we are making rapid progress with the rollout, giving more people the access they need to superfast broadband and allowing local businesses to flourish by providing them with better connectivity.

“There is still work to be done but with the 100% superfast broadband coverage target on course to be met by 2021, it’s clear that only one party is taking the action needed to boost connectivity in Falkirk district and the rest of Scotland.”