Homes and businesses across the south of Scotland are set to gain access to super-fast broadband, it has been reported.
The Scottish government has announced another £5 million in public funding for a fibre broadband rollout in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.
Government money will help deliver super-fast broadband services to rural areas across the two regions, under plans drawn up by the South of Scotland Alliance.
The umbrella group said the latest funding would assist the alliance in achieving its broadband coverage goal, reports the BBC.
Under current plans, every home and business in the south of the country should have access to super-fast broadband by the end of the decade.
Board member Tracey Logan told the news provider that access to next-generation broadband would prove "hugely beneficial" to the region.
She said high-speed services will enable businesses to expand, encourage start-ups and better connect communities.
Ms Logan added that the £5 million government grant should also help encourage further investment from other sources.
"At the rate of technological development, we absolutely cannot underestimate the importance of ensuring we can secure next-generation broadband services for the south of Scotland," she said.
The European Commission wants to see every household across the EU bloc have access to 30Mb broadband services by the end of the decade.
And half of all subscribers should be able to download at a rate of 100Mb by 2020, the institution insists.
In the UK, the Con-Lib coalition has set aside £530 million for the rollout of high-speed broadband, with this money to be targeted at rural areas which are less appealing to private sector investors.
Another £300 million could also be made available to extend the UK's broadband coverage during the next parliamentary term.