Dorset residents sceptical about fibre broadband project

Thursday, October 17th 2013
Residents have met Dorset Superfast Broadband organisers to discuss the benefits of the project.
Dorset residents sceptical about fibre broadband project
Residents from Dorset have held a meeting with representatives of a project that will bring fibre optic broadband to the majority of the region.

Dorset Superfast Broadband is a collaboration between the county council and service provider BT that is aiming to bring superfast connections to 97 per cent of Dorset by the end of 2016.

However, people who live in the rural area of Beaminster quizzed organisers over which communities would actually be benefiting.

Speaking to Bridport News, meeting host Richard Barker said: "What percentage of people in the Beaminster area will actually benefit? What is proposed may not benefit someone who lives down a farm track.”

Following the discussion, Project Leader Dugald Lockhart responded by explaining that it is too early to speculate over which individual properties will gain access to the next-generation service.

The Dorset Superfast Broadband project will see an investment of £31.57 million invested in improving the county's connectivity.

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