Digital Minister Matt Hancock has urged the Scottish government to speed up the rollout of superfast broadband.
According to Mr Hancock, funding was allocated more than three years ago, while procurement had been largely completed by almost every council in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by June 2015.
However, he said the procurement process is yet to start in Scotland and, as a result, it is falling behind the rest of Britain when it comes to deploying superfast broadband.
"The Scottish government has been the slowest of all the organisations around the country to contract the broadband that we so desperately need," Mr Hancock commented.
"That is why Scotland is behind."
Mr Hancock stated that while Westminster is offering the Scottish government technical support, it remains behind "every English county", as well as the governments in Wales and Northern Ireland.
"They need to get a move on," he added.