Patrick Grady MP is getting behind the roll-out of high-speed broadband in his Glasgow North constituency – where more fibre cabinets have recently gone live thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
Around 4,400 households and businesses in the Glasgow North area can now access high-speed fibre services through the £410 million Digital Scotland roll-out, with 230 premises in Maryhill among the latest to be reached.
Across Scotland, more than 620,000 premises are now able to connect to fibre-based services through the Digital Scotland project, led by the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise in their area and delivered on the ground by Openreach, BT's local network business.
Patrick Grady MP urged local people to consider the benefits of a high-speed fibre broadband connection, which can be ordered through their chosen service provider, as upgrades are not automatic.
He visited a local fibre cabinet on Murano Street in Maryhill to explore the engineering behind the technology and hosted a digital drop-in session at his local office to help constituents find out more.
He said: "Fibre broadband has an essential role to play in everyone's lives – whether at home or in business. It's great news that thousands of local people across Glasgow North can now connect to this exciting technology if they choose.
"Broadband speed is a subject close to the heart of many of my constituents, and it's good to see today the excellent progress that's being made.
"The arrival of fibre broadband means local people and firms can do more online at faster speeds and on multiple devices and there's lots of evidence to show it boosts the local economy.
"I look forward to fibre broadband being rolled out across the rest of my constituency."
The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme will deliver access to fibre broadband to around 95% of premises by the end of March 2018, when combined with existing commercial roll-out plans. It underpins the Scottish Government's aim for Scotland to become a world class digital nation by 2020.
To find out when high speed broadband is coming to your area visit www.scotlandsuperfast.com