Scotland is in danger of being left behind the rest of the UK due to a lack of investment in high-speed broadband, it has been claimed.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on whoever wins the upcoming general election to prioritise the rollout of next-generation broadband solutions.
According to the organisation, the next Scottish government must work towards an agreement with Westminster over funding for improved broadband coverage north of the border.
FSB Scottish Policy Convener Andy Willox said the rollout and uptake of next-generation broadband is "important to all of Scotland".
"Scotland's geography and institutions must not mean we're left behind," he stated.
"We cannot allow the various administrations to point fingers while public sector bodies, businesses, communities and families are unable to connect to the 21st century's newest utility."
Mr Willox said the cost of rolling out better Scottish broadband needs to be compared to that of the nation being left behind in the digital age.
"While the UK government's broadband pilots in the Highlands and elsewhere are most welcome, the FSB remains unconvinced that current plans will deliver the blanket coverage the country needs within respectable timescales," he added.