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The Scottish government needs to adopt a bolder plan for the rollout of high-speed broadband services, it has been claimed.

In a new report, the Scottish Parliament's infrastructure and capital investment committee called on the executive to ensure rural parts of the country are not left behind.

Committee Convener Maureen Watt said the ability to access fast broadband connections is becoming more and more important in all aspects of people's lives.

"A reliable and fast broadband connection helps socially but it is especially crucial in enabling businesses to be able to compete on the world stage," she said, as reported by the Scotsman.

"To ensure Scotland has the broadband services it needs, ambitious targets for the roll out of broadband infrastructure are needed."

Ms Watt said Holyrood should aim for a target of delivering a world class broadband infrastructure to 100 per cent of Scotland's population by 2020.

Westminster recently allocated £68.8 million for the rollout of high-speed broadband in Scotland.

However Alex Neil, the Scottish Infrastructure Secretary, recently described this amount as inadequate given the size of Scotland and the number of remote communities.

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