More than a third of Scottish households still do not have a broadband connection, a new study has revealed.
Ofcom's annual Communications Market Report for Scotland revealed that just 61 per cent of homes north of the border have a connection, the same proportion as in 2010.
Adoption rates are particularly low in Greater Glasgow – a largely low income area - where just half of all households have embraced broadband.
And across Scotland, just 34 per cent of people aged over 55 subscribe to a broadband deal at present.
Vicki Nash, Director of Ofcom Scotland, said that despite the availability of increasingly sophisticated broadband packages to more Scots, they are less likely than the rest of the UK to sign up.
"With an ever-increasing range of public services available online and the importance of the digital economy, there is a risk of Scotland being left behind," she stated.
By contrast, broadband adoption increased in Wales by seven per cent between 2010 and 2011, with 71 per cent of Welsh homes now using the technology.