Scottish Affairs Committee

Digital connectivity in Scotland inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Scope of the inquiry

This inquiry seeks to investigate:

  • What level and standard of mobile and broadband coverage does Scotland need to achieve to maximise the economic and social benefits of greater connectivity? To what extent do current plans for the rollout of broadband and mobile coverage in Scotland meet these needs?
  • What are the barriers (economic, technical, regulatory, other) to delivering superfast broadband and improved mobile coverage in Scotland? What steps could be taken overcome these challenges?
  • Is the level of funding for broadband and mobile phone coverage in Scotland sufficient given the geographic and demographic challenges Scotland faces?
  • How well do the different stakeholders (UK Government, the Scottish Government, service providers) work together? Are there ways these relationships could be improved?
  • What technology options are available to increase connectivity in rural, and other hard to reach, areas of Scotland? What support is needed to develop and deliver these solutions?

The Committee are particularly keen to hear from members of underrepresented groups.

If you would like to submit written evidence then please get in touch with the Committee using or call 020 7219 8204.

Terms of reference: Digital connectivity in Scotland

Latest evidence

  • 06 Mar 2018 - Digital connectivity in Scotland - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF366 KB) HC 654 | Published 12 Mar 2018

    Evidence given by Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland, Kim Mears, Managing Director, Strategic Infrastructure Development, Openreach, Iain Wood, Director of Corporate Affairs and Regulation, TalkTalk, Daniel Butler, Head of Public Affairs and Policy, Virgin MediaMalcolm Corbett, Chief Executive, Independent Networks Cooperative Association, James McClafferty, Head of Regional Development, CityFibre, Floyd Widener, Chief Sales Officer, Hyperoptic, Michael Armitage, Chair, Broadway Partners

  • 05 Feb 2018 - Digital connectivity in Scotland - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF308 KB) HC 654 | Published 08 Feb 2018

    Evidence given by Amanda Burgauer, Chair, Scottish Rural Action, Callum Hay, Acting Chairperson, Borders Community Broadband, Alison Macleod, Local Development Officer, Applecross Community CompanyCouncillor Margaret Davidson, Leader of Highland Council, Robert Emmott, Director of Finance at Comhairle nan Eliean Siar and Member of Infrastructure Action Plan Portfolio Board, Simon Haston, Head of IT, Aberdeen City Council, Councillor Steven Heddle, Chair of the Environment and Economy Board, COSLAHugh Aitken, Former Regional Director, CBI Scotland, Stuart Mackinnon, External Affairs Manager – Scotland, Federation of Small Businesses, Charandeep Singh, Head of External Relations, Scottish Chambers of Commerce

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