Kate Forbes MSP welcomes Scottish Government funding to address mobile “notspots”

Kate Forbes MSP has welcomed news that the south end of the Isle of Skye will be among the communities set to benefit from a new £25m Scottish Government project to address mobile “notspots”.

Yesterday (12 March) Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, announced the procurement process for the initiative, which will see new mobile phone masts in locations with no existing 4G coverage.

The Scottish 4G Infill Programme will improve mobile connectivity for communities and businesses, with the majority of the programme focusing on sites across the Highlands and Islands.

Tarskavaig near Sleat on Skye is one of the initial 16 “notspot” locations being targeted, and it is hoped that around 60 to 70 areas will be improved during the project.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “Connectivity is so important to the Highlands.

“It gives an opportunity to be able to live on Skye, whilst working all over the world.

“The lack of connectivity affects education, business and leisure in places like Skye and so building mobile masts will make an enormous difference to linking up the unconnected areas.

“A few years ago, there would have been a mass outcry about the impact on the horizon and the scenery, and whilst there may still be some concerns, I think that the most people are very keen to get connected.”

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