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Next Generation of Broadband Areas Revealed for Dorset


9:01am 6th February 2014

A technology revolution is on its way to Bridport.

The West Dorset market town has been chosen as one of the first communities to get superfast broadband.

If you live in Bridport you should be able to sign up to the faster more reliable fibre optic service by the end of June.

Charmouth and Chideock will also be in the first stage of the roll out.

Since the £31.75 million partnership was announced last year, engineers have been busy surveying the network in order to ensure that the roll-out of the new technology is carried out in the most cost effective and efficient manner.

95 per cent of the county's premises should be covered by superfast broadband by 2016.

Councillor Spencer Flower, Leader of Dorset County Council, said:  "This initial phase of work will make a huge difference to a lot of people, especially residents and businesses in Bridport who will have access to the fibre network for the first time. Research shows Dorset people want to be able to watch TV and films online, work from home more easily, buy and sell online and find out about local services. Faster, more reliable broadband connections will enable them to do all this more easily."

Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT Group, said: "Today's announcement is a major step forward in a multi million pound partnership, which will help transform broadband communications in Dorset. This exciting technology will provide a major boost for local businesses and households whether they are seeking to attract new customers and become more competitive or simply using the internet for educational and leisure purposes. Whatever you do online you can do it better with fibre broadband."

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