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A Scottish MP has called for moves to improve broadband access in the country to be extended.

This week it was announced that the Scottish government is to launch a £3.5 million open procurement process inviting ISPs to submit bids to provide a broadband service to remote areas of Scotland.

David Mundell, MP for Tweedale, welcomed the move but stressed that the scope of the scheme should be extended to improve the speed of some existing broadband connections in southern Scotland, which he said were "not fast enough".

Mr Mundell told BBC Online: "Some areas are classed as having broadband but in essence the service is just not fast enough.

"This new scheme should take into account people getting broadband at an unacceptable level."

Recent figures indicated that less than one per cent of the Scottish populace are unable to access the internet via a broadband connection.

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