Local MP Alister Jack has welcomed significant progress in improving broadband speeds to schools in his constituency.
He was reacting to figures from the UK Government showing that 35 schools in Dumfries and Galloway have moved from slow speeds to full-fibre gigabite connectivity.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has revealed that the region was ranked in the top five nationally on progress to upgrade schools' online connectivity.
Other areas highlighted were Norfolk, Wolverhampton, North Yorkshire and the Highlands.
Mr Jack said: "The work was driven forward by UK Government funding in a campaign to level up broadband speeds between urban and suburban areas and rural region's like our own.
"Good broadband has become an essential tool in education and as the programme moves forward I want to see future-proofed broadband available in even the remotest schools in the constituency."