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Independence for Scotland could potentially mean higher broadband prices for many businesses and households, it has been suggested.

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing at broadband provider Entanet, explained that rural Scotland's rough terrain and sparsely distributed population make it difficult to supply affordable internet services.

Speaking to ISPreview.co.uk, he noted that more expensive technologies such as satellite broadband often have to be used as fixed-line services are not commercially viable.

"Our experience shows Scottish-based urban users tend to consume more bandwidth than English users and such services could be very costly," Mr Farnden told the news provider.

He warned that English-based broadband providers may be inclined to increase the cost of supplying internet services in Scotland if the nation leaves the UK.

And this would, in all likelihood, push up the price of broadband for Scottish residents.

Mr Farnden said the hope for Scottish customers is that resellers based north of the border benefit from an opportunity to compete against their English counterparts.

But the situation is entirely theoretical - there are no guarantees that Scotland will gain independence, or that a rise in broadband prices will follow.

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