A local politician has criticised the plans to bring super-fast broadband to rural Northumberland.
Peter Jackson, leader of the Conservative party in the region, claimed the project has been damaged by cuts to funding and the number of people working on the scheme, the Northumberland Gazette reports.
"The plan now looks to be in chaos. We now know that both the broadband manager and his team, employed by Arch Digital, have effectively been sacked," he stated.
Mr Jackson added this means the whole project is now "in disarray".
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, director of campaign group Broadband 4 Northumberland, told the newspaper she was shocked by Mr Jackson's comments and claimed the region's rural communities are the ones who will suffer from these cuts.
Labour councillors have accused the Conservatives of "scaremongering" and looking to use the broadband issue for political gain.
Rural residents of Northumberland could access a fast and reliable internet connection today by turning to satellite broadband.