BT in £31m superfast broadband deal with Dorset County Council

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Fibre based technology will be available to 97 per cent of Dorset premises

Superfast broadband speeds will be made available to thousands of homes and businesses across Dorset following a multi-million pound deal signed today (July 10).

The £31.75 million deal between BT and Dorset County Council aims to make the technology accessible across the county within three and a half years.

In a press release BT said it is contributing £12.87 million towards the overall cost of deployment in “non-commercial” areas.

Dorset County Council, the county’s district and borough councils and the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK will provide the remaining funds.

Leader of Dorset County Council, Councillor Spencer Flower, said: “Residents and businesses are frustrated by slow or no broadband access in Dorset, especially in rural areas – it’s one of the biggest issues facing our county.

“This will give Dorset the competitive edge it needs to attract new businesses and will empower our communities by providing access to services, jobs and education.”

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