Greater clarity is needed over the Scottish government's plan for guaranteed high-speed broadband access, it has been claimed.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Peter Peacock, a former minister of the Scottish Parliament, told a seminar in Glasgow that a clear and transparent strategy is needed to ensure the country does not get left behind the rest of the UK in the digital revolution.
He claimed that faster broadband will bring "huge economic and social benefits" to Scotland and ensure its businesses can compete in the future, reports the Stornoway Gazette.
Mr Peacock added that public sector investment will be needed to ensure widespread broadband coverage across Scotland.
He stated: "We need an explicit recognition that a market-based approach to securing future broadband will leave some areas like the Highlands and Islands without the minimum standards, let alone the most modern services, and that would be unacceptable."
Only this week, Digital Britain Minister Stephen Timms said the government would spend £200 million improving broadband networks in areas that have little or no service, including remote parts of Scotland.