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The economic downturn has not started to bite in the Shetland Islands, but broadband is crucial to staving off the recession, according to one local figure.

Willie Roe, the chairman of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise, visited the Scottish outpost earlier in the week.

He was happy with the state of the economy on the remote islands, but said that securing modern broadband services would be vital to retaining the current outlook.

"I think this economy is well placed for the future, but we need not be in any way complacent about the effects of recession," he told the Shetland News.

"We are going to take jointly with Shetland Islands Council a proposal to BT that we should jointly co-invest in getting 21st century broadband services into the whole of Shetland."

Locations in Glasgow and Edinburgh were recently named on the list of areas which BT will connect with super-fast fibre-optic broadband over the coming year.

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