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Minister Praises Dorset's Superfast Broadband Roll Out

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8:08am 23rd July 2014

Dorset's £31.75 million Superfast Dorset Programme has been hailed a massive success by Communications Minister Ed Davey.

The scheme, which was launched last year, has already brought faster, fibre-optic technology to 8,000 local homes and businesses.  By the end of this year, parts of Abbotsbury, Dorchester, Maiden Newton, Martinstown, Preston, Puddletown, Upwey and Warmwell will also be covered. It’s hoped by 2016, 95% of the county will have superfast broadband.

It’s being funded with contributions by local councils across Dorset, the Department of Media, Culture and Sport and BT.

Peter Finney, Dorset County Council Environment portfolio holder, told Wessex FM:  "This is the most significant investment in infrastructure that Dorset councils, working together, have ever embarked on.

"Thousands of people can already benefit and the high coverage we will achieve by 2016 will make Dorset even more competitive as a great place to live, work and build businesses."

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: "This is fantastic news - Dorset has achieved a lot in the year since the rollout began and I’m delighted that already so many homes and businesses are enjoying access to superfast broadband speeds as a result of the programme.

"We understand how important superfast broadband is, and the widespread access to this ‘fourth utility’ that our rollout will deliver will provide a tremendous boost to the Dorset economy."

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