During the election the SNP set out a series of proposals to make Scotland better. One important initiative is the Scottish Futures Fund which will see savings from the Forth Replacement Crossing invested in 5 new initiatives. This includes a proposed £50 million Next Generation Digital Fund.
The new fund will see improved connectivity and be used in part to accelerate the roll out of superfast broadband across rural Scotland. This will provide a welcome boost for business and help end the digital divide in Scotland.
During the election Alex Salmond said that the Scottish Futures Fund would be "our bridge to the future". He added "As we build a physical connection from Edinburgh to Fife with a new Forth Crossing so we build the infrastructure of the future with real investment in high speed broadband and mobile technology."
This initiative will help companies across Scotland expand their markets, reach new customers and become global firms by having easy, quick and reliable internet access. It will be an important part of SNP efforts to create and protect jobs.
And the fund will also make a difference for families and individuals. Access to high speed next generation broadband is essential not just for our new industries or traditional businesses it is also crucial for our rural communities, among others. The new fund will ensure more Scots can access digital services as we work to ensure no one is left behind.
99% of Scotland has access to the internet but in some areas there is a digital divide between rich and poor and old and young. We will start putting that right and ensure more rapid access for all parts of Scotland to superfast broadband and adequate 3G and 4G mobile phone coverage.