Five more companies to support future proofed broadband in Scotland

Five more companies to support future proofed broadband in Scotland

Kate Forbes

Plans to deliver full fibre broadband across the country have been boosted, with five more operators pledging their support to maximise coverage through Scotland’s Full Fibre Charter.

This follows an extension of 100% non-domestic rates relief on newly laid fibre until March 2034, surpassing a key commitment set out in the Charter.

Economy secretary Kate Forbes said: “We want Scotland to become a truly digital nation, underpinned by high quality connectivity that supports people and businesses, innovation and growth. Our digital infrastructure is critical and central to our economic and social success.

“Supporting the ambitions set out in our recently published National Strategy for Economic Transformation, we have extended rates relief on newly ‘laid and lit’ fibre for a further five years. This is expected to unlock further commercial investment and help drive delivery of full fibre networks.

“Delivered through our Full Fibre Charter, we are able to encourage operators to back fair working practices to help boost skills and focus on opportunities for career progression.

“As well as ensuring more households and businesses access full fibre broadband, our investment in future-proofed, resilient connectivity can help deliver our ambitions as a nation of entrepreneurs and innovators.”

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