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The Scottish government should be more positive about the public broadband funding allocated to it last week, according to one minister.

Michael Moore, the Scottish Secretary, has urged Holyrood officials to "cheer up" following criticism over the £68.8 million funding provided by Broadband Delivery UK, reports the Press Association.

He explained that this was £25 million more than Scotland would have received on the basis of its UK population share.

Speaking after the funding announcement last week, Scottish Infrastructure Secretary Alex Neil said he was "disappointed with the allocation".

"This announcement from the UK government has fallen short of the expectations of the Scottish economy to the overall costs of broadband roll-out in the remote and rural parts of Scotland," he noted.

But Mr Moore urged the Scottish government to be "more upbeat".

"It takes a rather sour outlook to turn nearly £70 million into a setback," he told the news provider.

"Cheer up for goodness' sake and get on with delivering the improvements to our rural communities.

Instead of looking for the negatives, the government should step up and meet the challenge of matching UK government investment in broadband for Scotland's rural communities, Mr Moore said.

"If they do that, we can move towards achieving the target of 90 per cent of Scottish premises having superfast broadband - and everyone having access to at least 2Mb - by 2015," he added.

"If they don't invest then they will be failing Scotland's rural communities and businesses."

The UK government has allocated £530 million for the provision of high-speed broadband in rural areas.

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