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Scotland's Western Isles should be in line for an upgrade to BT's 21Century Network broadband technology, a member of the Scottish Parliament has stressed.

Peter Peacock, MSP for the Highlands and Islands region, has spoken to the Stornoway Gazette about the outdated internet connectivity on the Western Isles.

According to Mr Peacock, broadband internet services are vital for the communities off the north-west coast of Scotland.

"The issue of broadband provision in parts of the Western Isles has been a growing feature of my mailbag for some time now," he told the newspaper.

"In the days of high-speed broadband which the cities and big towns enjoy in mainland Scotland the inability to secure the high speed and reliable service in the islands is not just very frustrating for those affected, it places the islands at a competitive disadvantage."

Councillors in the Shetland Islands, off Scotland's north-east coast, are currently consulting over a planned broadband network, with work expected to begin in May.

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