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The Scottish government has unveiled plans to ensure the whole country can have broadband coverage, which will start in the next year.

Ministers at Holyrood have taken the first steps by issuing a Prior Information Notice on Public Contracts Scotland to provide prior information to its potential partners on the project.

Commenting on the plan, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Connectivity Fergus Ewing said: "We are putting digital connectivity at the heart of our agenda and delivering 100 per cent superfast broadband for Scotland by the end of the next Parliament is one of our priorities."

He added that the goal of 85 per cent coverage has already been met six months ahead of target, but "there is more we need to do" to ensure all the most rural places in Scotland are connected in order to ensure homes and businesses can enjoy the benefits of a broadband connection.

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