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Here's what Ofcom, the UK communications regulator said about the improvement of broadband coverage in Scotland since the Scottish Government took on delivery of this devolved area:
(short thread- bear with me) /1 Ofcom infrastructure report 2014:<br />
“Scotland and Wales continue to have the lowest coverage, although they have seen the largest increases since last year.”<br />
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Ofcom Connected Nations report 2015:<br />
“Coverage has improved most in Scotland and Wales, as a result of investment in new and upgraded networks by industry and governments”<br />
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Ofcom Connected Nations report 2016:<br />
“The greatest increase was in Scotland, with a year-o
Now – this is all great news if you live in Scotland and have access to superfast broadband but meaningless if you still do not.

Remember- Scotland is big and sparsely populated. And has loads of islands & mountains. It is clearly the hardest country in the UK to hook up. /2
So the Scottish Government last year announced the R100 programme to reach everyone. They are funding this RESERVED area to the tune of £600million. Great news you would think? /3 Scottish Government announcement of £600 million funding for R100 universal superfast broadband programme
Well- not according to the tories. Apparently Ofcom was wrong & the Scottish Government have been doing a really bad job. Let's face it- they criticised giving new mothers a lovely box filled with nappies, baby clothes and the like so it's hardly a surprise they were critical /4 Tweets from Matt Hancock slagging off Scottish Broadband delivery
Wait- what? Roll out delivery through councils instead? This baffling change was seized on by the cretinous @ScotTories who saw the chance to attack the Scottish Government and play at being in charge. You may know this- I've tweeted about it a bit: /5 Tweet from Kirstene Hair slagging off Scottish Gov and promising rollout through local authoritiesTweet from Andrew Bowie in the same vein.Tweets from John lamont slagging off Scottish gov and promising rollout through councilsTweeets from Ross Thomson saluting the news that broadband will be rolled out through councils
1 year on from the triumphant announcement that @Scotgov is to be bypassed & delivery of full fibre (to the premises) will take place through councils- where are we? £190m was allocated for the whole UK, £20m spent on pilot projects & in March £95m was allocated to 13 projects /6
Here is the original list of successful projects as released to me in an FOI yesterday. Good news for the Highlands too- £4.7million to cover the largest local authority in the UK, or to be more precise, public sector premises in Thurso, Fort William, Wick and Inverness. /7 List of successful bids for LFFN Wave 2 funding
Great news for Bristol & Dorset as well, eh? Sadly not... the tories fucked up and sent me a list before it was whittled down (in part because they forget about their own rule that the provinces should have at least 1 successful bid). Cardiff & Blackpool take their place. /8 original LFFN figures and the revised list excluding Bristol and Dorset. All figures have been revised down
As staggering as this is- the FOI can be found here:… It also shows unsuccessful bids and therein lies a tale.
The final list of "bids" can be found here:… /9
I'll draw attention to one paragraph of the government's announcement. They announce what the bids were (not the amount awarded) although we know now that these are actually revised amounts as the successful bids were actually all higher. They wouldn't lie to us, would they? /10 The amount of funding requested by each bid is as follows. Please note these are the amounts of funding bid for, not the final amount that will be awarded - all successful bids will be subject to a due diligence before their final funding amount is confirmed. If you are referring to these figures in a story please refer to each bid as being awarded ‘up to’ the specified amount of funding.
So what does this all mean for Scotland? Well- despite being the most sparsely populated country with the most challenging environment to roll out broadband, Scotland received the least money overall. The least per head. And about a tenth of England based on our landmass. /11 Stats showing Scotland got £4.5m overall, a derisory 84p per capita and £56 per sq km (compared to £1.30 per capita for England and £545.75 per sq km)
Wales bid for 1 project and got funding for 1 project.
Northern Ireland bid for 2 projects and got funding for 2 projects.
Scotland bid for 5 yet only had 1 successful bid. Stirling (2 bids), Aberdeen and Shetland were unsuccessful. /12
So- 4.7% of the pot despite making up 8.2% of the UK population. If we'd received a per capita share (a ridiculous way to split this due to our landmass) we'd have got £7.8m.
Base it on landmass (which seems a better way of splitting the pot) we'd have got £30m. No great then /13
So what's left of the @ScotTories fist-pumping at rolling this out through the councils? What about the concept and delivery? Well, Ofcom think SG and Highlands and Islands Enterprise was doing a good job, but apart from that- councils have zero experience of delivery. /14
This is evident by their reluctance to bid. Why did only 5 out of 32 bid? Lack of experience and expertise. Clearly this demonstrates a complete failure of the UK Government. They heralded this as a new dawn yet the take up has been awful and 4 of the 5 bids have failed. /15
For purely party political reasons @MattHancock decided to change the funding and delivery of full fibre and it has failed.
The @ScotTories cheered him on and their own constituents have been shafted.
How's this working out for Stirling @stpehenkerrMP ? 2 failed bids, eh? /16 Stirling failed bid for £5.147m of funding to expand broadband to rural areasBalquhidder failed bid- £1.34m to connect 197 premises in rural areas
@AndrewBowieMP- you were banging the drum for rolling out broadband direct through local authorities. Now that the bid for Aberdeenshire has failed and your electorate has been shafted, your country shafted- do you not owe your constituents an apology? Here's the failed bid. /17
@RossThomson4PM - you were fed up with the "snail's pace" roll out of broadband & delighted UK Government was stepping in to roll out through our councils. Now all that's exposed as pish & Aberdeen's been shafted, do you not owe your constituents an apology for misleading them? Ross Thomson tweeting that Matt Hancock's news is great. A tweet that hasnae aged well.Failed aberdeen bid for £6.317m funding
Finally- here is a more direct link to the FOI that kicked this all off:…
Should of course read- "RESERVED AREA". I'm such a fucking arse sometimes.
In case you didn't spot the howler in the first tweet on this long thread- telecommunications is reserved. Internet is reserved. Broadband is reserved.
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