A council is being asked to approve an emergency investment to upgrade internet provision at its secondary schools.
Scottish Borders Council signed a multi-million pound deal with global IT firm CGI five years ago to provide its digital services.
However, a report said a £1.7m investment was now needed to improve bandwidth at eight of the region’s nine secondary schools.
It said that acting now would save the council up to £3.3m in the long term.
The council report said the local authority’s need for fast, capable internet was continuing to increase and schools played a large part in that demand.
It said the original CGI contract was designed to allow for a ten-fold increase in bandwidth to schools.