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Fibre-optic broadband should be introduced to Dorset as part of plans related to the London 2012 Olympics, it has been suggested.

South Dorset MP Jim Knight has joined local councillors in calling for super-fast internet services to be launched in the area as fibre-optic broadband cables will be used to connect sailing venues for the sporting event in the area to the capital.

According to the Daily Echo, new exchanges could be linked to the infrastructure to ensure homes and businesses in the region receive an improved service.

Talking to the newspaper, Mr Knight said: "It would be such a tragic wasted opportunity if we couldn't pull it off.

"It's not just the copper wires that carry standard broadband but fibre-optic cables. For me, it's a no-brainer."

The Hull Daily Mail recently confirmed that East Riding Council is to investigate the suggestion that BT's plans to introduce fibre-optic broadband nationwide will not benefit the area.

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