When you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that these claims are “Partly true, partly bollocks”. Whilst it is true that Telecoms policy is reserved to Westminster, by adhering to the BDUK process and policies (which is another disastrous story), the Scottish Government and local Councils have been able to put additional funds into broadband rollout. Which is where it goes pear-shaped: DSSB (the Scotgov program aimed at giving public money to BT) has rolled out almost entirely FTTC, a range-limited technology which is a) not upgradeable in the future and b) simply doesn’t reach most rural premises. That is then compounded by BT’s counting service delivery by a) postcode area (which is utterly fatuous in rural Scotland) and b) counting the number of premises PASSED, not SERVED - which is NOT the same thing - many properties that are Passed by the BT service are most definitely not Served by it. Then you have that paragon of obstruction and incompetence, Community Broadband Scotland, whose egregious bureaucracy, broken promises and active blocking have caused multiple local broadband projects to either fail or waste years of effort futilely trying to get started. CBS took three years to spend £4.4M of a £16M budget, to deliver wireless broadband to around 1100 premises, at a speed typically of 4Mb/s. A large proportion of that money has gone on internal costs and low-grade consultants rather than to projects. That’s around £4000/property served, which is utterly ridiculous, when a number of the projects CBS that has failed were planning to deliver either high-speed wireless (>30Mb/s) or FTTP (1Gb/s) to properties at an average cost of typically between £2,500 and £3,500 per property.