More should be done to improve levels of broadband access across Scotland, the MSP for Shetland has suggested.
Talking to the Shetland News, Tavish Scott said the Scottish government needs to work with its UK counterpart to ensure that no areas of Scotland are excluded from plans to boost both speeds and coverage.
He made the comment after a report by Reform Scotland suggested that high-speed broadband is a vital commodity, so a framework needs to be introduced.
"The digital divide in Scotland is large and growing fast. The implications for Shetland, if we get left behind, are serious," he explained to the publication.
"Slow or non-existent broadband limits economic development."
Recent figures published by Strategy Analytics suggested that the quality of broadband available in the UK is better than the services on offer across the US.
The research ranked the UK 22nd in terms of the quality of web services.