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More Dorset Villages To Get Superfast Broadband

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7:07am 17th June 2014
(Updated 7:08am 17th June 2014)

10,000 homes and businesses in some of Dorset's most rural areas will have superfast broadband by Christmas.

Abbotsbury, Maiden Newton, Martinstown, Puddletown and other areas will all be able to benefit from the second phase of the County Council rollout.

The news was announced to local residents last night (Monday 16th June) at Frampton Village Hall.

Project leader Dougal Lockheart told us superfast broadband will benefit lots of people, young and old:

"Businesses can transact their business online so families can do more on the internet and children can do their homework more effectively and access entertainment, online information, all the things that are important in the modern world.”

“We are aware that where speeds are slow this can be very difficult for people."

Dougal also told us, it's not just peoples PC's and laptops that'll benefit:

"It's your smartphone, your i-Pad and your television, so the need for capacity is very much bigger than it was a short period ago. So it's those frustrations that are going away from people, that's the practical experience that people will have as speeds improve."

Councillor Jill Haynes, Cabinet member for adult social care said: "Gaining access to the fibre network will be a huge opportunity for residents and businesses in these communities.”

“For a vast number of micro businesses in rural West Dorset who need faster, more reliable broadband to make their living, Superfast Dorset is delivering a step change.”

“We want to encourage everyone to find out about the benefits of faster, more reliable broadband so they can boost their business, stay connected and make the most of a range of support and services that are available for them."

The Superfast Dorset partnership aims to have made superfast broadband available to 95% of the county's premises by the end of 2016. The programme is also committed to ensure a minimum speed of 2Mbps for all premises within the programme area on request where fibre broadband isn't viable.

Announcements of other communities to benefit from faster, more reliable broadband will come phase by phase throughout the three year deployment.

You can register to receive an email when fibre broadband is available in your area at:

www.dorsetforyou.com/superfast

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