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National Planning Framework for Scotland



New Technology

photo85. The advance of information and communications technologies is certain to continue over the next 25 years. As the ability to use them becomes an increasingly central requirement in employment and connections to global networks become more important for economic success, their accessibility becomes a key issue for economic and social development. The market is already delivering broadband services to the main urban centres. Around two-thirds of Scottish households now have access to broadband services (see Map 14), and this proportion is increasing steadily. Satellite internet services are now available across Scotland, but installation costs are high. Lack of coverage of smaller centres and rural areas remains a concern. The Executive is committed to extending broadband connectivity to every part of Scotland.