Responding to the announcement that the award of BT as the preferred bidder for the northern lot of R100 contract is now subject to a legal challenge from Gigaclear Ltd, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur commented:
“The Scottish Government now face separate legal challenges over contracts for the Northern Isles Ferry service and the R100 broadband programme. This is a dismal track record when it comes to delivering key services for our islands.
“To add insult to injury, the contracts for Central and South lots have now been signed off, opening up the prospect that island businesses and residents will once again be left behind when it comes to broadband roll out.
“Gigaclear are of course within their rights to challenge this process but I would strongly urge Ministers to ensure that a resolution is found swiftly”.