The Communities Partnership Executive of North Dorset (CPEND) have been awarded £10,000 to research the need for faster broadband in the area and persuade communication providers that they should deploy faster services in the region through exchange upgrades or installing fibre optic cables. Some work has already been done in this area with a survey by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce showing that 64% of businesses require faster broadband.
"If we can get users to tell us their broadband speed and why they need it to be faster, there would be a much stronger case for improving it here."Mark Hebditch, (Chairman) CPEND
Some work is already occurring in Dorset to deliver faster services. Bournemouth is one of Fibrecity's projects which involves laying fibre in micro-trenches and then connecting users with service providers to offer them faster broadband and other services. This project doesn't itself help communities in North Dorset which is considered part of the 'final third' when it comes to broadband delivery.
Users can share their experiences with CPEND by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling on 01258 489998.