MP Gets Closer Look At New Broadband In Dorchester
12:27pm 13th April 2013
West Dorset's MP's been getting a look behind the scenes at superfast broadband.
Oliver Letwin was shown the first street cabinets in Dorchester to give live.
More than 7,000 homes and businesses in the town can now make the most of the new technology.
By the end of Spring next year 247,000 homes and businesses in Dorset will be able to benefit from BT's £2.5 billion fibre broadband roll-out programme.
The MP said at the new green cabinet in Damer's Road: "Fibre broadband has an essential role to play in the stimulation of economic recovery and in building a more prosperous future for us all. It's a major step forward that thousands of local people can now get connected to this exciting technology.
"To ensure Dorchester's future success we need the right building blocks in place. One of these is having the digital technology to support our people and economy. Super-fast fibre broadband will transform the business sector and attract new inward investment.
"Hundreds of new jobs and business start-ups are expected to be created. With access to fibre broadband, local firms can explore new ways of working and speed up vital operations, to boost their ability to compete.
"It's not solely about business and industry, though; home computer users will also reap the educational and social benefits of faster internet access. Broadband speed is a subject close to the heart of many of my constituents, so it's been fascinating to see today just how these powerful connections are carried across the town."