For many who live in rural communities, the age of the information superhighway where fibre-optic cabling and computers allow us to communicate and transfer data at the click of a mouse is far from the case.
Many organisations say their businesses and communities are suffering and are putting pressure on the Government to roll out the national programme of high speed connection further and faster.
You can watch the full report from Andy Burn below.
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."