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A Scottish Government official has expressed disappointment at the £68.8 million in rural broadband funding handed out to the nation.

The Scottish Government has expressed disappointment at the level of funding it has received from Broadband Delivery UK.

Of the government's £530 million rural broadband fund – set up to deliver high-speed internet services nationwide – Scotland has been allocated £68.8 million.

Alex Neil, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, said the award had "fallen short of expectations".

He claimed that the overall costs of the broadband rollout in remote and rural parts of Scotland will be significantly higher.

"For instance the cost to deliver next-generation broadband across the Highlands and Islands alone has been estimated at up to £300 million, therefore we do not regard the UK government's allocation as a realistic contribution to meet Scotland's broadband requirements," Mr Neill stated.

He said that following the distribution of finance, there would still appear to be money remaining from the £530 million broadband fund set aside from the BBC TV licence fee.

Mr Neill said he would be writing to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to clarify this point, with a view to securing a better deal for Scotland.

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