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Fibre broadband rollout reaches Jurassic Coast villages

Thursday, June 2nd 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Fibre broadband is helping homes and businesses in Dorset get “one step ahead”.

Morcombelake and Chideock are among the latest communities included in the Superfast Dorset rollout.

Chedington, Langton Herring, Milborne St Andrew, South Perrott and Stour Provost are also able to order fibre for the first time, while there is increased coverage in Boscombe, Christchurch, Parkstone, Poole, Stalbridge and Westbourne.

More than 90% of premises in the county can now access fibre services and the Superfast Dorset programme – a partnership between BT and Dorset’s councils – is on target to reach 95% by the end of the year.

One business that is already benefitting from improved broadband speeds is Dairy Cottage in Morcombelake.

Owner Beverly Glock, who lets the cottage to visitors, said: “Fibre broadband in Dairy Cottage allows all of our guests to use the internet at the same time whether that’s downloading movies, playing games, connecting on social media, or occasionally joining those meetings you can’t get away from via videoconferencing.

“It keeps Dairy Cottage one step ahead of other holiday lets in the area, who haven’t upgraded yet, in attracting busy families looking for a home away from home.”

Paul Coles, BT’s regional manager for the south west, said: “Dairy Cottage is another great Dorset example of how this exciting technology is transforming the way we live and work.

“It is providing a vital boost for local communities because whatever you do online you can do it better with fibre broadband.”

'Complex'

Dorset county councillor Daryl Turner added: “Superfast Dorset has been a complex engineering project which has built almost 500 cabinets so far and continues to benefit Dorset’s rural communities.”

Residents are being reminded that their broadband speeds will not automatically improve.

To take advantage of the fibre rollout, consumers need to contact an internet service provider and upgrade to a fibre package.

Cable.co.uk reported last month that Superfast Dorset had laid 800,000 metres of fibre optic cable and would reach a million metres – enough to stretch from Land’s End to John O’ Groats – later this year.

The project has also installed nearly 500 fibre street cabinets around the county.

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