@Pax681 Re: This would be the same BT...
I've read that White Paper, and I don't think you have. It's 650 (670 inc. contents) pages long for a start.
It is full of vague promises of sunshine and happiness, most of which cannot possibly be met and will therefore be slowly stripped down and discarded one by one as the dust settles after the referendum.
Many of the promises come with astronomical costs, and there is a repeated explicit assumption that "England, Wales and NI will pay for this". That won't happen.
Much of it is implausible, some is impossible and the rest is very expensive. It's clear that very little attempt has been made to figure out how much it would cost - or be paid for.
I could write a white paper promising that I'll make it rain donuts on demand if I win. You'd laugh at me, and rightly so!
Here's what it says about telecommunications:
In telecommunications policy, our approach will give greater priority to improving geographic coverage, particularly in remote rural areas
This is indeed a laudable goal.
However, it will be very expensive. Either BT (or ST?) will have to be given a massive chunk of public money, both up-front and as a running subsidy or BT/ST will have to significantly increase prices. Probably both, because they won't have any reason to offset the high cost & low revenue of Scottish highlands against the low costs & high revenue of places like Manchester and London.
There is no mention whatsoever of how this could be paid for - the only budget mentioned is one that will vanish on independence because most of it's coming from the Westminster central government (via the UK's Department of Fun and the block grant), and the rest from the ERDF, which you won't be eligible for until Spain lets you join the EU. On top of that, 30% of the figure they state is 'probable' investment from a private company that would have to rethink its infrastructure investments - remember that they expect to make a profit!
On this and many other points (Network Rail, National Grid and others) the SNP simply assume that the rest of the UK will continue to subsidise the additional demands on them that comes with a rugged land with low population density.
As an example, section 440 "What will the transmission charging regime be in an independent Scotland?"
This section quite literally says "the rest of the UK will pay for Scotland's new infrastructure".
If you want to go it alone, that's fine. We'll respect your decision.
But the other side of independence is that you'll have to pay for your dreams yourselves.