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Consumers and businesses living in the Northern Islands deserve to know when super-fast broadband is going to arrive, it has been claimed.

Alistair Carmichael, the MP for Orkney and Shetland, has called for greater transparency from the Scottish Government and BT over the deployment of fibre.

Speaking to the Orcadian, he said local people need to have more clarity over the timetable for deployment, especially those who live in the remotest areas.

"It is apparent that Community Broadband Scotland is not achieving the reach it needs for a number of reasons," Mr Carmichael stated.

"There remain technological challenges and it remains unclear what constitutes a ‘hard-to-reach’ community."

At present, there are no confirmed plans for fibre deployments in North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Sanday, Eday, Rousay, Shapinsay, Stronsay, Hoy, Flotta and Graemsay.

Mr Carmichael said people living in Orkney and Shetland want to know if and when super-fast broadband will arrive so that they can plan ahead.

"It is vital that these remote areas are not left in the lurch," the MP added.

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