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Bad broadband is pushing millennials out of rural areas, says report

Wednesday, May 30th 2018 by Oprah Flash

The interim results of a survey by the Rural Youth Project show nearly 40% of young adults are abandoning the countryside because of poor broadband.

In the connected world we are now living in, broadband has become as vital a utility as gas and electric.

Carrying out research on 18 to 28-year-olds living in the Scottish countryside, the Rural Youth Project also found that the lack of good broadband is leading to millennials feeling disconnected from their communities.

The results showed that 92% of those who took part in the survey say broadband is essential to their future, while half of participants feel like they do not have a say in what happens within their community.

The survey covered areas such as housing, transport, connectivity, employment and social well-being. Together with Scottish Enterprise, the Rural Youth Project plans to analyse the data to help shed a light on what young people in the area feel are their biggest barriers to opportunity.

'Infrastructure is central to keeping young people'

The data collected from the survey will be used to influence decision-makers at local, industry and policy level to support future generations to thrive in both business and personal life.

Rebecca Hawes, co-founder of the Rural Youth Project, said: “So far, transport and broadband are being highlighted as the main issues for young people living rurally, followed by access to social life.

“These are not unexpected, but what it does show is that infrastructure is central to keeping young people in rural communities.”

If you’re between 18 and 28 years old and are interested in taking part in the survey for the chance to win a pair of tickets to TRNSMT or ButeFest 2018, visit the Rural Youth Project website. The survey closes tomorrow (31 May).

While Vodafone and CityFibre recently announced plans to rollout gigabit broadband in parts of Scotland, many rural areas are still likely to miss out.

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