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Inadequate web services are "simply insufferable" in the modern digital age, it has been reported.

According to Highlands & Islands MSP Rob Gibson, too many families in Scotland still lack appropriate broadband speeds and provisions.

Speaking to the Stornoway Gazzette, he claimed that in some of the remotest communities, there is no access to the internet at all, something that places further constraints on already hard-pressed families.

With this in mind, Mr Gibson welcomed this week's news that broadband provider BT is upgrading 71 telephone exchanges in rural Scotland.

He said he was pleased that a number of Scottish settlements had been identified as needing improved broadband connections.

"Upgrades in these acutely identified areas will go some way in improving the situation, though the job of increasing capacity," Mr Gibson stated.

BT has also recently agreed to provide an advanced communications network to the new MediaCityUK development in Manchester.

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