Scottish? Doomed to suffer slow broadband? "Cheer up," says Government!
Not so long ago, the Government announced it would free up a bundle of cash to get the UK up to speed on broadband speeds. Everyone is expected to have access to a 2Mbps service at least by 2015, but reaching rural areas to deliver that service will require money - hence £530 million was earmarked for investment.
Now the Scots have just learnt how much they'll be receiving to achieve the Government's self-imposed targets, and they're not happy. The Scottish Government will receive just £68.8 million to roll out broadband in rural Scotland - or just 13% of the available funds for a country that accounts for a third of the UK's land and some of the most remote communities.
"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," said Scottish Infrastructure Secretary Alex Neil, adding that he was "disappointed with the allocation".
The Government's response? "Cheer up for goodness' sake and get on with delivering the improvements to our rural communities," said Scottish Secretary Michael Moore. "Instead of looking for the negative, they should step up and meet the challenge of matching UK Government investment in broadband for our rural communities."
So there you have it, Scots. Stop being miserable and cheer up, like the English who have all the money. Fanks!