On 10th July 2013, Dorset County Council signed a £31.75 million contract with BT to bring fibre broadband to 97% of premises in Dorset within three and a half years. It is expected that 95% of premises will have access to "superfast speeds" of at least 24Mbps.
BT will contribute £12.87 million towards the cost of deployment. Dorset County Council and the county's district and borough councils will contribute £9.44 million with a further £9.44 million from BDUK.
The commercial programme will reach more than 260,000 premises by the end of spring 2014.
Surveying work in the project will start in the autumn and the first locations to be upgraded will be announced later in 2013.
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