A Scottish Member of Parliament (MSP) has accused BT of snubbing the Borders region in its latest fibre broadband plan.
Earlier this week, the broadband provider announced the locations of 98 more telephone exchanges set to be fibre-enabled over the coming year.
But none of the 21 Scottish exchanges listed are in the Borders, and this has upset Conservative MSP John Lamont, reports the BBC.
"There are still many towns in the region that are crying out for a better internet service," he stated.
"In this day and age, having a fast and reliable connection can not only be important for day to day life, but also for the many businesses we have in the Borders."
Mr Lamont said these businesses now face "an even longer period" of being at a disadvantage to other regions of the country which do have access to fibre-optic broadband.
However, a BT spokesperson explained that the Borders region has benefited from many previous fibre announcements - while other parts of the UK have not.
Super-fast broadband deployments have already been confirmed for Galashiels, Peebles, Innerleithen, Selkirk, Kelso, Eyemouth and Hawick.