Four island areas of Scotland fill places at the bottom of the internet access league, according to new independent research published on Monday (1 August).
And although access to ultrafast broadband (UFBB) in the Western Isles is marginally better than that in Orkney, Shetland and the islands of Argyll and Bute, there’s still only a 4.5% chance that our homes will be connected to an ultrafast broadband link.
The research, commissioned by online casino site AskGamblers, showed that 75.7% of Western Isles properties had access to superfast broadband (SFBB), with average download speeds of 44.8 megabits per second (Mbps).
That compares to the top three ranking cities of Nottingham, Cambridge and Luton, with Nottingham having 98% SFBB availability, 92.5% coverage for UFBB and average download speeds of 110.6 Mbps.
The research analysed new Ofcom data from the UK's 376 local authorities, and created an index to discover which areas had the worst internet connection of all.
Scotland dominates the list of top ten worst areas for internet connection in the UK, with half the poorest access areas in Scotland.
And while holidaymakers from the mainland might revel in the ‘digital detox’ of islands where slow broadband and service gaps make scrolling difficult, for island businesses and households lack of digital service is becoming an increasing source of real hardship.
A spokesperson for the researchers said: "This data gives us a compelling insight into just how significant the digital divide is across the UK.
“Everything we do as a society, from entertainment to work and daily living, is intertwined with the internet and the importance of fair digital access for all should never be underestimated.”