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More effort should be made to ensure all people in Scotland have access to faster broadband speeds, a report from Reform Scotland has claimed.

For this to be a reality in the most rural parts of the country, public subsidy would be necessary, the BBC reports the think-tank as saying.

"There is no co-ordinated digital strategy or plan to ensure that large parts of Scotland do not suffer from no or very limited access to the next generation of high-speed broadband," Reform Scotland said.

It went on to suggest that the government needs to move quickly to introduce a plan for an improved network using enhanced copper lines, wireless and even satellites to enable it to reach homes and businesses currently receiving poor or no broadband coverage.

Earlier this month, BT introduced broadband to almost 4,000 homes and businesses in the Scottish town of Fife.

Residents and business owners are now benefitting from 40MB download speeds and 10MB upload rates.

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