The government has announced it will fund gigabit-speed broadband for rural Dorset.
Residents and businesses could receive internet speeds of 1000Mb per second. This project will target areas that currently experience slow internet access.
Dorset councillor Peter Wharf says it’s ‘fantastic news for Dorset’, adding it’s the result of the council’s talks with ministers.
Dorset has 96% superfast broadband coverage, but only 7% of the county can access the next generation of gigabit-capable broadband. That compares with 38% of addresses nationally. Superfast broadband access isn’t yet available in parts of Guys Marsh, Melbury Abbas, Cann and West Orchard.
It’s unclear which Dorset areas will be chosen for this upgrade, but rural places that would otherwise have been left behind in commercial rollout plans will be favoured. Work contracts will go to tender later this summer.