Simon Roberson from BT says the company is only in a position to cover two thirds of the North East with superfast broadband at the moment. He added, though, 90% of the whole country could have access to it soon.
BT are investing in fibre broadband for 12 North East communities, a spokesperson said fast communications are vital.
"Fast, sophisticated communications are the cornerstone of a successful community, helping local people to build their skills and knowledge and encouraging the creation of new businesses and jobs. This exciting technology will transform on-line education, training and leisure for households and enhance the competitiveness of local firms."
Thousands of homes and businesses in the North East will have access to superfast broadband when BT expands the project to 12 additional communities.
The places to benefit are:
The move is expected to boost the local economy by attracting businesses. Upgrades will be completed by the end of Spring 2014. This will take the total number of premises with access to fibre broadband in the North East to more than 735,000. More than 530,000 already have access.
More homes and businesses in the North East are to recieve superfast broadband. Almost 130,000 sites will be part of BT's £2.5billion fibre broadband project. Upgrades will be completed by the end of Spring 2014.