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Almost £25 million has been spent on the development of broadband in Scotland, it has been revealed.

According to new research from Point Topic, the Scottish government has dedicated the huge sum of money in a bid to deliver a universal service commitment (USC).

This has included £15 million on the Connected Communities Network, which created a fixed-wireless broadband network over the Outer Hebrides.

In August 2001, broadband coverage in Scotland was just 43 per cent, prompting the Scottish Executive (now known as the Scottish government) to ensure that everyone in Scotland could have 'pervasive and affordable broadband'.

Every home and business in the country now has the opportunity to access 0.5Mb broadband; a slower speed than the proposed 2Mb of the Digital Britain plan, but well ahead of the 2012 deadline.

Commenting on Scotland's investment, Point Topic's Chief Analyst Tim Johnson said: "It may not be how everyone would choose to spend the money, but I think it has a huge symbolic importance for Scotland.

"Bringing broadband and modernity to even the most remote corners demonstrates the unity and cohesion of the national territory."

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