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Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) hopes a deal for the delayed rollout of super-fast broadband in the Scottish Highlands will be concluded this month.

The government agency has recently been criticised by a local MP for its lack of progress in upgrading internet services in remote parts of the Highlands.

Alan Reid, the MP for Argyll and Bute, contacted the agency to express his frustration that work had not begun, despite HIE and BT having agreed a £120 million deal to improve internet connections in the area in June 2012.

Difficulties in finalising terms between the two organisations are believed to be responsible for the delay.

Claire Ross, HIE’s strategic engagement manager, told Mr Reid "we should be able to confirm that a deal has been struck during March", local newspaper the Buteman reports.

The Scottish Highlands is just one of many areas in the UK where residents suffer from slow broadband services and could benefit from satellite broadband.

Posted by Mark Wynn