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Superfast Broadband Rolled Out Further Across West Dorset

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8:19am 30th October 2014

Faster and more reliable broadband is coming to 4,500 businesses and residents in West Dorset by early 2015, in the next phase of a multi million pound roll out.

Engineering work is already taking place to give fibre broadband for the first time to properties in Cerne Abbas, Burton Bradstock, Piddletrenthide and Powerstock,  as well as connecting more people to the service in Bridport and Dorchester.

County and District Councillor Jill Haynes said: "Casting the fibre network into our rural communities brings a real opportunity to people who have struggled with poor broadband for too long. For some, the benefits of faster internet speeds are simple: working, shopping, browsing becomes easier. For farms and microbusinesses, this is an essential service that will change the way they work."

Since the Superfast Dorset rollout started in spring this year, approximately 18,000 properties across the county have gained access to better broadband. By Christmas, the project aims to reach approximately 30,000.

"Superfast Dorset is continuing to achieve strong progress, making high-speed fibre broadband available to dozens of rural communities in the county, which would otherwise not have access to this technology.

"These are exciting times. Fast fibre broadband is a vital part of the future development and success of Dorset. Already, more than 270,000 Dorset homes and businesses can get fibre broadband as a result of BT's commercial programme and the Superfast Dorset roll-out. We're more than four years into rolling out fibre broadband across the South West, whether through our commercial programme or with our public sector partners, so the production line is well established and primed to deliver even more over the coming years."

A map showing the Phase 3 area, as well as an interactive coverage map of the whole project, is available on the project's website at www.dorsetforyou.com/superfast.

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