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An extra 3,000 Dorset premises to be 'transformed' by superfast broadband

Thursday, June 18th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

A further 3,000 homes and businesses in Dorset will benefit from fibre broadband thanks to extra investment in the county’s superfast project.

Superfast Dorset has already passed more than 40,000 premises, including many communities which did not previously have fibre broadband.

And an extra £3m investment is part of an agreement to extend the contract between Dorset County Council, its partner local authorities, the government, and BT .

It will bring fibre to about 50 Dorset communities by early 2018, including the villages and parishes of Bloxworth, Glanvilles Wooton, Swyre and Uploders.

Dorset County Council's 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.”

He said businesses were learning to use improved broadband to reach more customers and work in new ways, and further “embracing” fibre could only be good for Dorset’s businesses and tourism.

'Future prosperity'

The Superfast Dorset project builds on the private sector’s commercial rollout of fibre broadband.

In total, around 300,000 homes and businesses in the county now have access to fibre.

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.”

He said superfast broadband was “transforming people’s lives”, for businesses as well as families.

Digital minister Ed Vaizey also praised the “tremendous progress” of the project.

He 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.”

Of the extra funding, some £1.3m is coming from the county, district and borough councils, a further £1.3m from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, and £0.4m from BT.

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