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A debate on the future of broadband in the Scottish Highlands and Islands region has been brought forward, it has been reported.

MSPs are set to discuss the issue in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday February 3rd), following pressure from Labour member Peter Peacock.

He has been spearheading a campaign to see next-generation broadband brought to northern Scotland.

Speaking to the Stornoway Gazette, he commented: "The debate is another opportunity to advance the case for greater investment in broadband for the whole of the Highlands and Islands, but I also want to set out not just what the problem is, but where potential solutions may be found."

Mr Peacock claimed that much of the region already has good network connections to public buildings, but these need extending to households.

"Using the very fast-developing, affordable and very high capacity wireless technology now available, we could help get super-fast broadband out quicker than all current estimates," he claimed.

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