While BT Openreach has been praised for its ongoing investment in high-speed fibre broadband, Dundee residents are finding that faster downloads come at a price.
Residents have been complaining about the "large and unsightly" street cabinets being installed to deliver the benefits of 40Mb broadband services to homes and businesses in the city.
A 1.6m unit located by a roundabout at the west end of Blackness Road has particularly incurred the wrath of residents, as it dwarfs adjacent utility boxes.
Speaking to the Courier, Liberal Democrat Councillor Fraser Macpherson said members of the public were concerned about a lack of consultation prior to installation.
"Having checked with planning officers I am advised that these boxes will start springing up right across the city, but only those in conservation areas will require to go through the planning process," he stated.
Councillor Macpherson said each application must be decided on its individual merits, noting that they should be democratically determined through the committee process.
BT is currently investing £2.5 billion rolling out high-speed fibre broadband across the UK, and plans to launch 40Mb services in the coming weeks.