Chideock will benefit from the Superfast Dorset project to invest £19 million public funds to ensure rural areas do not get left behind in the race for faster and more reliable broadband. Commercial providers will install access to Dorset’s larger towns but big rural areas including much of West Dorset would be left behind without Superfast Dorset. The project aims to ensure 95% of Dorset’s premises have access to superfast speeds of at least 24Mbps. Any premises which do not get superfast broadband will get access to at least 2Mbps, which will be a considerable improvement for many. Currently one in five premises across Dorset get just 0.5Mbps. A map is available on www.dorsetforyou.com/superfast showing where the commercial rollout will happen and where Superfast Dorset will be improving access. Superfast Dorset went out to tender in February to find a provider to install the infrastructure. Once appointed in the summer, detailed planning will begin on the rollout plan. Over 7,000 people have already registered their interest in superfast broadband through an online survey at www.dorsetforyou.com/superfast The survey collects information about people’s broadband needs which will help with the detailed planning. If you haven’t already expressed an interest, please do let us know what broadband requirements you have.
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