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Member's Debate

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser led a debate on broadband for rural Scotland on 9 December 2009.

Mr Fraser, who is MSP for mid-Scotland and Fife, was concerned that rural areas in Scotland were not receiving the same level of broadband as cities do.

He said he was concerned that there was now a two-tier communication system in Scotland that was holding back business growth in rural and remote areas.

Enterprise Minister Jim Mather said that work was under way to upgrade 71 phone exchanges across Scotland to improve internet access in remote areas.

The first projects should be completed in March 2010.

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