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Broadband project installs 400th fibre cabinet in 'rural corner' of Dorset

Tuesday, January 12th 2016 by Ellen Branagh

Moor Crichel has become the latest Dorset village to get fibre broadband, taking the county's superfast project more than 80% towards its goal.

A new fibre broadband cabinet between Moor Crichel and Witchampton became the 400th to be installed in the county, marking the latest major milestone for the Superfast Dorset programme.

The multi-million pound partnership has made fibre broadband available to more than 72,000 Dorset homes and businesses, taking it more than 80% towards its goal of 90,000 premises by the end of 2017.

Among those to benefit from faster broadband, which arrived in time for Christmas, were Spanish teacher Becka Soliveres and her family.

She said: “We were really excited to get superfast broadband in time for Christmas and are looking forward to getting the most out of our new 38Mbps connection in 2016.

“Everything online is loading really fast now and runs without freezing all the time.”

Faster speeds mean the family can do things like watch films, play games on tablets, and do work online all at the same time, she said.

“I use Skype to teach Spanish and the broadband used to freeze three or four times in an hour during a lesson. I thought it was inevitable for such a rural area.

“We keep hearing on the TV that superfast broadband won’t reach rural communities, so I was so excited and relieved I could get fibre broadband here.

“I won’t have to keep apologising for my poor broadband speed to my students.”

'Ahead of schedule'

Local county councillor Steve Butler added: “Superfast Dorset continues to make a difference to people like Becka, bringing 21st century communication to some of the more rural corners of the county.

“Completing the 400th cabinet is a great milestone to reach as we see in 2016, and as the year progresses, even more people will be able to access the benefits."

Superfast Dorset is a partnership between BT, the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS), Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, the Borough of Poole, Christchurch Borough Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Paul Coles, BT’s regional manager for the south west, said: “When the work of Superfast Dorset is included with BT’s commercial fibre broadband programme, it means that about a third of a million Dorset households and businesses can already place an order for fibre.

“The Superfast Dorset rollout is a huge engineering undertaking, which is currently ahead of schedule.

“It is transforming the lives of local residents and the opportunities for local businesses.”

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