Angus is in the lower leagues for broadband ahead of a UK legal requirement which comes into force next year, according to a new survey.
The UK Government has legislated to give all households a legal right to request a decent broadband connection, currently defined as one of at least 10megabits per second (Mbps).
But a new report from consumer watchdog Which has found nearly half of all homes in Angus get broadband speeds below the legal minimum.
According to Which Consumer Insight Report 2019, following 398 broadband speed checks carried out in Angus, only 52% of homes are currently getting speeds above this legal limit - in the bottom 10 when it comes to Scottish constituency areas.
Only nine others in Scotland - Perth & Kinross; Gordon; Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk; Banff & Buchan; Dumfries & Galloway; Argyll & Bute; Ross, Skye and Lochaber; Moray; and Orkney & Shetland - have worse broadband.
The news comes after the Scottish Government’s R100 programme, which is meant to connect harder to reach places in Scotland remains on hold.
When first announced in 2017, the Scottish Government said that contracts would be awarded for R100 in 2018. This was then pushed back to March 2019, yet contracts have still not been awarded.
Angus MP Kirstene Hair said: “These figures are a stark reminder of how much work still needs to be done to improve broadband speeds in Angus.
"It is completely unacceptable that barely a half of homes in in my constituency are getting decent broadband speeds, while in some areas the figures is as high as 79%.
“Because of the way in which the Scottish Government designed their superfast broadband roll out, providers inevitably connected the easier to reach properties in the central belt, leaving places like Angus behind.
“And the Scottish Government’s much-hyped R100 programme has yet to get off the ground and is already several months late.
“That is why I campaigned for an extra £1 million, from the UK Government, in funding to be specifically allocated to broadband rollout in Angus as part of the Tay Cities Deal
“The UK Government has legislated to give everyone a legal right to a decent broadband speed and these figures suggest that this could benefit as many as half of all homes in the Scottish Borders.
“Residents outside the main towns cannot wait for the Scottish Government to get its act together, residents and businesses need decent connectivity sooner rather than later.”
Scotland wide, analysis of 20,780 users through its speed-checker shows that some 39% fell short of the 10Mbps threshold.
While the Scottish Government have pointed out that these tests do not take into account the availability of superfast broadband, these tests are thought to better reflect people’s experience.