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The quality of the broadband service that covers the Outer Hebrides is being scrutinised following a number of complaints.

Concerns regarding the speed and reliability of wireless broadband provided by Connected Communities (ConCom) in the Western Isles have been raised in the European Parliament.

A wireless scheme was set up across the island chain by Western Isles Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) using public money.

However, some islanders are unhappy that the scheme leaves them with no choice of provider and a service that is expensive and unreliable.

Now, HIE is carrying out a review of broadband in the Outer Hebrides, which is the only area in Britain that is not serviced by the high-speed internet structure managed by BT.

Innse Gall Area Manager for HIE Archie Macdonald commented: "There are many challenges in the delivery of broadband in remote areas. It is vital that we review the process so far and ensure we have the best model for services, businesses and residents on the islands."

A survey published last week by Ofcom suggested that broadband users in the UK rarely get the up-to speeds that they pay for.

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