The government's plan to boost full-fibre broadband coverage has been criticised by the Countryside Alliance.
Earlier this week, the Treasury formally launched its £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, which is designed to unlock over £1 billion for full-fibre broadband across the UK.
While the Countryside Alliance believes this is "welcome news to those who are going to benefit", it pointed out that it will "mainly benefit those living in urban areas".
Sarah Lee, Head of Policy at the group, commented: "The fund will fail to deliver broadband to the final five per cent in the countryside where there is already market failure.
"Once again rural communities are being treated as second class citizens and are missing out on this important boost to the economy."
The Countryside Alliance went on to state that it has been "widely accepted" that fibre-to-the-home technology will be "impossible to deliver to most rural areas".
However, the organisation said this means there must be a greater effort to "embrace and support the development of alternative technologies", rather than focusing solely on fibre.