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MSP Fiona Hyslop welcomes arrival of fibre broadband in West Lothian

Wednesday, September 16th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Residents in West Lothian have been urged to take advantage of the arrival of fibre broadband.

Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop said digital technology is one of the “building blocks” for the future of West Lothian, allowing people to do more at faster speeds and on multiple devices.

Ms Hyslop made the comments on a visit to the Bathgate telephone exchange and a new fibre street cabinet in Whitburn as part of an update on BT’s local rollout.

BT's commercial fibre rollout now passes around 46,000 homes and businesses in Armadale, Bathgate, Broxburn, Livingston Bridge, Livingston Station, Midcalder and Whitburn.

Further coverage in Whitburn is being provided through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, which has already reached more than 4,400 premises in places including Fauldhouse, Harthill and Stoneyburn, with extra coverage in Bathgate and Armadale building on BT’s commercial rollout.

“Fibre broadband has an essential role to play in the stimulation of economic recovery and in building a more prosperous future for us all,” Ms Hyslop said.

“It’s great news that thousands of local people can now connect to this exciting technology if they choose.

“Broadband speed is a subject close to the heart of many of my constituents, so it’s been interesting to see today the progress that’s being made.

“The arrival of fibre broadband means local people and firms can do more online at faster speeds and on multiple devices.

'Building blocks'

“West Lothian needs the right building blocks in place for the future – and one of these is having the digital technology to support our people and economy.”

Ms Hyslop said she will continue to support her constituents’ interests with BT and the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme and looked forward to fibre being rolled out across the rest of West Lothian.

Mark Dames, head of policy for BT Scotland, said: “The arrival of fibre broadband in Whitburn is another step forward in our rollout of this exciting technology.

“More than 1.7m homes and businesses across Scotland now have access to fibre broadband via a range of broadband service providers, bringing speed and choice.

“Through the combined efforts of BT and the Digital Scotland partnership, more than 50,000 households and businesses now have access to fibre broadband across West Lothian, and more will follow.

“Whatever you’re doing online, you can do it better and faster with fibre.”

As well as spending more than £3bn on deploying fibre broadband BT said it is contributing £126m to the Digital Scotland rollout with the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Broadband Delivery UK), the European Regional Development Fund and local authorities.

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