Trust Director lobbies Westminster Committee for continuation of Rural Better Broadband Scheme

‘Good Broadband for rural Inverness-shire communities is vital if we are to have any kind of future beyond 2020.’ said Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust’s Director Peter Faye, Whitebridge.  Peter took the opportunity of a visit to Inverness by the Scottish Affairs Select Committee to put the case for better rural connectivity and broadband at a meeting with four Westminster MPs at the city’s Mercure Hotel.  Peter Faye, in his capacity as a Director of his local community trust discussed the poor state of internet access with Pete Wishart MP, the Chair of the Scottish Select Committee who was very receptive to tackling the issue.  Peter Faye said ‘Mr Wishart is now aware of the efforts that Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust has made to bring broadband to over 20 of our most remote households in the Strath.  He has promised to raise the issue of an extension of the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme with the UK’s Minister for Digital, Matt Hancock MP. This valuable scheme runs out on 31 December this year and we must do all we can to ensure it continues.’

Peter Faye was also interviewed by the BBC at the event.  Peter added ‘The Scottish Affairs Select Committee has made a commitment to examine the roll-out of broadband and how a poor or non-existent internet service is having an adverse effect on those living beyond the reach of BT’s green cabinets.’  Peter said ‘I urge anyone who has a poor internet service to contact their Westminster MP now and ask them to contact the Matt Hancock MP, the Minister for Digital.  Only Matt Hancock and the UK Government can extend the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme which we rely on to make new wireless broadband connections possible. Matt Hancock can be contacted at enquiries@culture.gov.uk