Thousands More Dorset Homes To Get Superfast Broadband

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Published at 11:13am 22nd June 2015. (Updated at 7:45am 23rd June 2015)

Three thousand more homes and businesses in Dorset will get access to high speed fibre broadband thanks to a further £3M being invested in the project.

Three thousand more homes and businesses in Dorset will get access to high speed fibre broadband.

A further £3M is being invested in the project.

Bloxworth, Swyre and Uploaders are just some of the 50 communities where high speed internet access will be rolled out by early 2018.

Dorset County Council Cabinet portfolio holder for the economy, Cllr Colin Jamieson, said: "Thousands of people across rural Dorset have already ordered fibre broadband and are finding their lives transformed because they can connect with friends, family, jobs, services and training no matter how remote their homes.

"Businesses are learning to make the most of the new technology to reach more customers and work in new ways. Further embracing fibre technology can only be good for Dorset's businesses and tourism."

Bill Murphy, BT's managing director for next generation access, said: "This is another very important step forward for a successful partnership, which is playing a major role in the future prosperity and economic success of Dorset.

Superfast broadband is transforming people's lives. If you are a businessperson, you can use the technology to work more efficiently and effectively, find new customers and work more closely with them. If you are a family, you can benefit from improved access to online learning, education and entertainment and communicate better with friends and family across the world."

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Our rollout of superfast broadband is now reaching 5,000 more UK homes and businesses every day. Superfast Dorset has made tremendous progress and I congratulate them on having reached more than 40,000 premises so far. The extra funding announced means an additional 3,000 homes and businesses will now benefit as we transform Dorset's digital landscape."

This latest additional funding is coming from the county, district and borough councils (£1.3 million), the Government's Broadband Delivery UK programme (a further £1.3 million) and BT (£0.4 million).

A wide range of broadband providers offer a service over the new network, ensuring competitive pricing and products for local households and businesses. The partnership will continue mainly to use Fibre to the Cabinet technology (FTTC), which offers download speeds up to 80Mbps and upload speeds up to 20Mbps.