The local Member of Parliament, Andrew Bowie will host a series of public forums on rural broadband this summer.
The West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP will provide local residents with the opportunity to discuss problems that they have with coverage and access.
Mr Bowie, who serves as a parliamentary private secretary to the UK Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has campaigned since he was elected last June for the Scottish Government to do more for rural homes with poor broadband speeds.
He said that poor connections to homes and business remains one of the most common issues raised by constituents.
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine ranks very poorly on broadband speeds – 627th out of 650 Westminster constituencies.
The public forum events will take place at Aboyne Academy, Aboyne on August 2, Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk, August 3, Public Hall, Alford on August 14 at 7.30pm and the Garlogie Inn, Garlogie on August 15. All events start at 7.30pm and are open to all.
Mr Bowie said: “One of the biggest issues raised by constituents since I was elected last June is broadband and the poor connections and speeds we still have in many areas.
“West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine is near the bottom of UK constituencies for speed.
“That is simply not acceptable and I will continue to do all I can to improve coverage in this area.
“Rural parts of the constituency in particular cannot afford to be left behind.
“I know all too well that Scotland, in general, has not kept pace with other parts of the UK when it comes to the roll-out of superfast broadband. That has to change.
“For that reason, it is right that the UK Government will deal directly with local councils for the next phase of the superfast rollout.
“My constituents deserve the same coverage as anyone else in the UK.
“These public forum events in August will provide a platform for discussion that I hope will lead to improvements. I hope for a good turnout.”