Local councillors have united to urge Kincardine and Mearns residents to take part in an Aberdeenshire Council broadband survey.
Liberal Democrats Peter Bellarby and Ian Mollison made the call after thousands of postcards were delivered by Royal Mail throughout the shire.
Cllr Bellarby said: “The aim is to test demand for improved broadband services throughout Aberdeenshire. To take advantage of Scottish Government support the council must provide evidence of demand from residents and businesses. The completed postcards will be crucial.”
Cllr Mollison added: “Although Aberdeenshire Council has already agreed to invest £18 million in broadband in the area, the Scottish Government has a key role to play in ensuring that the North East is at the forefront of 21st century communications. We need everyone’s help.”
Although the deadline is February 28, there will still be time for late submissions.
Cllr Mollison explained: “There was a problem with the deliveries in the rural part of my North Kincardine ward. This took time to overcome and as a result the council is not being strict about the deadline.”
New postcards can be collected from the council offices such as the area office in Stonehaven or from local libraries. Alternatively email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Within the UK, rural Scotland’s broadband services are amongst the poorest and in Aberdeenshire, 17% of all addresses have no broadband connection because of infrastructure constraints. This is insufficient to undertake many essential applications such as remote working, online health consultations and video streaming. A further 80% of addresses do not enjoy service speeds greater than 6Mbps (Megabits per second).