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The Scottish government has committed to providing extra funding for rural broadband if sufficient demand can be demonstrated.

Speaking to the Press and Journal, Peter Peacock, Highlands and Islands regional MSP, said he had secured a pledge from Holyrood to increase the broadband budget available if the need arises.

He claimed that the importance of a quality broadband connection is growing and it is vital that ministers recognise this.

Mr Peacock noted that Scotland has been allocated £2.9 million of funding as part of the European Recovery Package to improve broadband support for businesses and communities in rural areas.

Speaking to the news provider, he stated: "I asked the government to add £15 million to that. I have now had confirmation from the rural affairs minister that, if there is a significant demand for broadband support… it would be possible to review the situation at that time and reallocate funding."

He described the development as a "significant breakthrough" for people living and working in the north of Scotland.

Last month, John Park, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, told the Press Association that free broadband should be provided across all Scottish hotels.

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