Study reveals Dumfries and Galloway has the most residents living offline

Dumfries and Galloway has the largest digital divide in Scotland, with 20.9 percent of residents living offline.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 11:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 11:55 am
26,000 people in the region don't use the Internet

Analysis by web design and development agency Rouge Media shows that 12,000 residents never went online in 2019.

However, this figure more than doubled to 26,000 who never used the Internet in at least the last three months of 2020, if at all.

Internet speeds in parts of the region are 44 per cent worse than the UK average of 32.98 Mbps, leaving some rural residents unable to connect or with frustratingly slow access.

The area’s age demographics could also be responsible for its digital divide, with 16–2 4 being the smallest age bracket, while 26 per cent of the population is over 65.