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A large natural harbour and superb Blue Flag beaches make Poole an attractive tourist destination, while the town's important commercial port once had significant trading links with North America. Better broadband in Poole could encourage more businesses to relocate to the town - find out more with our new guide.

From an emerging port in the 12th Century to a departing point for D-Day landings in the Second World War, Poole has been at the forefront of history and commerce for centuries. To entice new businesses from more expensive regions, however, super-fast broadband access is a clear priority for the town.

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From medieval ships to motor yachts

During the Norman Conquest, the town expanded into a busy port before being awarded the status of a staple port by King Henry VI. In the 16th Century, the town established strong commercial links with the North American colonies, while trade with Newfoundland supported the growing demand for fish in Europe. By the 18th Century, local merchants inherited vast wealth, which encouraged the development of extravagant Georgian mansions in the Old Town area.

As one of the largest embarkment points for the D-Day landings in the Second World War, 81 landing craft of American troops left the harbour for Omaha Beach. The port was also an important centre for Combined Operations and served as the base of the U.S. Coast Guard.

After the war, many great buildings were demolished, although a conservation zone was created in 1975 to protect buildings in the historic town centre.

The economy of Poole is particularly well rounded, with a larger manufacturing sector than many other local towns. Major employers include Sunseeker, the largest privately-owned yacht builder, Sealed Air, Hamworthy Combustion and Siemens.

Many large regeneration projects have also helped reshape the economy. The Dolphin Shopping centre, the main retail area, was extensively refurbished in the 2000s, while holiday companies such as British Holidays and Haven have also developed large complexes around the town.

To keep this momentum going, digital connectivity is crucial to Poole’s continued success. The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership has successfully campaigned for almost £10million in funding for super-fast broadband in Poole and other areas of the county by 2015.

Currently communities around Lower Parkstone, Penn Hill, Hamworthy, Oakdale and Lilliput are encountering speeds of anything between 3Mbps up to a much more respectable 8Mpbs. There are some sub-2Mbps spots, particularly down near the harbour, but f the new investment goes to plan, hopefully this disruption should be resolved soon.

Broadband providers and services

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Fibre optic broadband

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BT Infinity

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TalkTalk fibre broadband

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Sky broadband

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Virgin Media cable broadband

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BT broadband

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Plusnet broadband

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Comments (2)

5th September 2014

Hi Bob

Thanks for your comment. We've tried to check availability using just your postcode but it's not coming up so we'll need your phone number as well. If you type both into our checker on this page you'll be able to see if it's available. If it's not in your area yet just sign up here and we'll let you know as soon as it arrives.

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Bob young
4th September 2014

Iam on Pine ridge in Rockley Park how can I get a fibre optic broadband facility Post code BH15 4LZ

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