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The Scottish government has been urged to tackle broadband-deprived areas of the country by one member of parliament.

Liberal Democrat SMP Liam McArthur has backed the proposal made by communications minister Lord Carter in his recent Digital Britain report, which set out plans for nationwide broadband internet coverage with connection speeds of up to 2Mb available for all.

He told that the ruling Scottish National Party still have a long way to go in terms of addressing the so-called broadband blackspots north of the border.

"Ministers must recognise the fundamental importance of fast, reliable broadband to individuals but particularly businesses in some of the remotest part of Scotland," said Mr McArthur.

"The picture is still too patchy. More must be done to ensure that every home and business from Shetland to Stranraer has access to broadband."

A recent £27 million broadband investment into the Dumfries area has allowed the South of Scotland Broadband Pathfinder Scheme to supply schools with a pioneering new educational intranet service.

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