Firms hit out over slow Bo’ness web deal

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Businesses in Bo’ness claim they have been left hanging on the line by BT – after a promise by the telecom giants of super-fast broadband for the area.

Last week, BT announced more than 6200 local homes and firms would benefit from a £2.5billion roll-out of the service.

Local MSP Angus MacDonald hailed it as great news, adding: “It’s vital we embrace this latest generation of technology for our local economy.”

But local businessman Andrew McCleary told the Journal: “I certainly don’t have it. And when I contacted BT, I was told they couldn’t confirm there had been an upgrade.”

The owner of Carwash Express added: “I just want to know if and when I will get it.

“It would great from a business to business point of view and would also encourage more firms to set up here.”

A spokeswoman for BT said: “Unfortunately not 
every commercial business will get this at the moment. We expect to have more detail later in the year.”