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Stirling Politicians Welcome 17,870 Extra Broadband Connections


Categories: Broadband, Constituency, Local Business, SNP Scottish Government

Stirling MSP Evelyn Tweed and Stirling MP Alyn Smith have welcomed a Scottish Government report, showing over 17,870 homes and businesses across Stirling have been upgraded to high speed broadband.

When the programme first began in April 2014, only 59% of households and businesses in Stirling were scheduled to get fibre broadband from a commercial provider.

The programme has ensured 97.2%[1] of homes and businesses in Stirling have access to fibre-enabled broadband, superfast access (greater than or equal to 24Mbps) for 92.0%[2], of which 91.7%[3] is at speeds greater than or equal to 30Mbps. 71.2% of those reached by the DSSB rollout across Stirling have now upgraded and are enjoying faster fibre broadband.

Many of the properties reached in its final year – including communities like Blanefield and Gargunnock – can connect to ultrafast, full fibre technology.

Evelyn Tweed MSP said:

‘The pandemic really has shown the importance of digital connectivity in modern life. Both for work and leisure, stable, high-speed internet access has been crucial for homes and businesses all over Scotland, and I’m very pleased to see partnership working between Stirling Council, the Scottish Government and the private sector has paid off for so many communities in my constituency.’

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘Internet connectivity has energised many of Stirling’s rural communities, who are reaping the dividends of smart government investment. The pandemic has led to a rapid re-appraisal of working and commuting habits, and the shift to home working for many industries has given fresh motivation to workers seeking a better work-life balance. Stirling stands to gain hugely from these trends, and I look forward to working with local stakeholders to help build on these recent successes.’


You can read more about the report here: