The leader of the Scottish Labour Party has called on ministers to push for the provision of guaranteed broadband access.
Iain Gray argued that any household without a connection is at a disadvantage in the modern world, telling ministers they must consider how best to provide universal broadband.
Emphasising his point, Mr Gray told the Herald that broadband should now be considered a citizen's right, much in the same way as utilities such as gas and electricity.
He commented: "We would not tolerate a situation where many Scots struggled to get access to a modern electricity supply or drinking quality water. We have to start thinking about broadband access in the same way.
"Those on the wrong side of the digital divide are disadvantaged by lack of access to services and lower priced goods and commodities."
Mr Gray added that fast broadband availability is also "one of the keys" to a modern, prosperous future for Scotland.
Last month, access to 1Mb broadband was made a legal right in Finland.