The £31 million Superfast Dorset project has revealed the first three communities that will benefit from superfast broadband in the county.
Bridport, Charmouth and Chideock will be the first to get upgraded to fibre with around 10,000 homes and businesses in the county expected to be able to connect to the high-speed broadband network by the end of June.
It will also include extending the fibre broadband network in Weymouth, Verwood and Ferndown, most of which have already been upgraded by BT.
Superfast Dorset aims to have made superfast broadband available to 95 per cent of the county’s premises by the end of 2016.
“This initial phase of work will make a huge difference to a lot of people, especially residents and businesses in Bridport who will have access to the fibre network for the first time,” says Councillor Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset County Council.
“Research shows Dorset people want to be able to watch TV and films online, work from home more easily, buy and sell online and find out about local services. Faster, more reliable broadband connections will enable them to do all this more easily.”
Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT Group, said: “Today’s announcement is a major step forward in a multi million pound partnership, which will help transform broadband communications in Dorset. This exciting technology will provide a major boost for local businesses and households whether they are seeking to attract new customers and become more competitive or simply using the internet for educational and leisure purposes. Whatever you do online you can do it better with fibre broadband.”
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: “This marks the beginning of a transformation of broadband for Dorset homes and businesses, with 95 per cent of premises now due to benefit from superfast speeds by 2016.
“The UK already does more business online than any other European country and widespread access to superfast speeds will provide a welcome boost to Dorset’s economy.”
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