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New research is to be undertaken to discover how many businesses in Dorset support the introduction of fibre-optic broadband in the region.

Set to be launched at a business seminar tomorrow (October 14th), the survey is to be used to support a new campaign calling for BT to keep fibre-optic networks introduced to the region for the 2012 Olympics in place after the event.

According to the Dorset Echo, the cables will be introduced to support the sailing venues based in the area.

Helen Heanes, Dorset County Council's senior economic development officer, said without such services the region could be "a rural backwater".

"BT needs to know that if they put the investment in there will be sufficient demand which is why we are launching a survey," she added.

News of the research has come after Prince Charles used a column in the Daily Telegraph to urge authorities to improve the quality of broadband available to rural businesses.

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