The north-east's regional economy is being affected by poor access to broadband internet services.
That is according to one local politician, who has told the Journal newspaper that additional work needs to be done by the government to ensure residents have access to internet speeds of at least 2Mb.
His suggestion comes on the back of the findings of a BBC report - published last week - that showed three million UK homes cannot connect at 2Mb.
Sir Alan Beith, Liberal Democrat MP for Berwick, told the paper: "It could really help the local economy if broadband was available for all, particularly people who work from home.
"The government should be doing more to get more access - the technology is there to do it. There is really no argument."
Following the BBC investigation, the Country Land and Business Association suggested that broadband speeds in many of the UK's rural areas were unacceptable.