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The Scottish government has launched a scheme to extend broadband coverage to remote parts of the country.

Jim Mather, Scottish Government Enterprise minister, has announced a £3.5 million open procurement process whereby providers are invited to submit bids to provide a broadband service to the unconnected areas.

It is thought that less than one per cent of Scots are currently unable to access a broadband connection.

Mr Mather said: "As many individuals and businesses in Scotland as possible should have broadband access.

"In this 21st century, broadband is an increasingly vital tool for business and is now used by more and more households as a standard utility. By extending the availability of affordable broadband, we can help create a wealthier and fairer Scotland."

The government has also requested that the Scottish populace inform them if they are unable to get a broadband connection by the end of the year.

The provider which wins the contract is expected to begin work next year.

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