Broadband upgrade hailed as ‘real boost’

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HAWICK’S two main politicians have welcomed a government promise that the local community will have super-fast broadband by 2015.

The problem of broadband speeds in rural areas such as the Borders has regularly been highlighted by Hawick’s parliamentary members, and this week they were pleased to hear Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt reveal that £830million was being invested to benefit communities across the region.

Lib Dem MP Mr Moore commented: “I have been campaigning for many years for fast and reliable broadband in the Borders and I welcome this commitment by the Culture Secretary which targets investment, specifically for harder to reach rural areas.

“This announcement will be a boost to the local Borders economy and demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to supporting rural communities which have often been overlooked in the roll-out of new technologies by previous governments.”

Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont also welcomed the announcement, stating: “This is a real boost to rural communities and demonstrates the UK Government’s commitment to providing high-speed internet to all communities, not just those in the big cities.

“A number of communities have struggled with poor broadband speeds, or sometimes no access at all.

“No community, regardless of size, should have to suffer from low quality internet services – especially when it is such a vital tool for communication and business.”