News: BT TO VISIT SHETLAND FOR SECOND NORTHERN ISLES DIGITAL FORUM

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael today announced that senior management from BT will attend the second Northern Isles Digital Forum on Thursday 2 August in Lerwick.

Brendan Dick, Director of BT Scotland, will be in Shetland to take questions from local people on broadband services. The meeting will be held at 12.30 in the Islesburgh Community Centre.

Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:

‘Quality of internet services and poor connection speeds were two of the key issues raised at the last meeting of the digital forum and I am pleased that BT have agreed to come and meet local people and listen to their concerns. 

‘We will be arranging further meetings in Orkney in due course but given the serious difficulties that many people have experienced with their internet in recent weeks and months, I thought it was important to get something arranged for Shetland as soon as possible. BT has questions to answer on the problems that we have seen and this meeting will give local people the chance to discuss these issues with senior management directly.

‘Unfortunately due to diary problems we have had to schedule this second meeting of the digital forum in the daytime. I am aware that this means some people will miss out but we are looking at options for remote attendance. If people are unable to attend, I would encourage them to contact my office directly with questions and I will be happy to put them to BT.’

ENDS.

Notes to Editors:

For further information, please contact the Shetland constituency office on 01595 690044.

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