Survey on web speeds

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residents are being asked to help identify the need for improved broadband provision across Midlothian.

The council’s economic development team is appealing to the local community to take part in a ‘five-minute’ broadband survey.

Those who take part in the survey will need to take a quick speed test. By combining the speed test results with local postcodes the council will be able to identify where the ‘hot spots’ and ‘not so hot’ spots are.

Information gathered will help develop a Midlothian broadband plan, and be used to identify priority areas for improvement and investment in broadband infrastructure.

The evidence gathered will feed into the Scottish Government’s Scotland’s Digital Future initiative, which aims to reduce the digital divide and deliver a change in everyone’s ability to access quality internet by 2015.

Councillor Jim Bryant (SNP), cabinet member for economic development, said: “I’d like to thank the hundreds of local residents and business owners who’ve already completed our quick survey. If you haven’t already taken our survey I’d urge you to do so.” To take the speed test and complete the survey visit www.midlothian.gov.uk/community-broadband-survey