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Consumers can play a key role in bringing faster broadband services to North Dorset, according to one campaigner.

Speaking to the Echo, Mark Hebditch, Chairman of the Communities Partnership Executive of North Dorset (CPEND), said broadband users could help encourage internet service providers (ISPs) to invest in the area by providing evidence of current speeds.

"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," he suggested.

Mr Hebditch was commenting after CPEND was awarded a £10,000 grant to persuade ISPs to update local telephone exchanges or lay fibre-optic cable.

Meanwhile, consumers in south Dorset are set to reap the benefits of faster broadband courtesy of the i3 Group's Fibrecity scheme, which is geared at supplying 100Mb downloads across Bournemouth.

However, the project encountered difficulties last month when Wessex Water decided its sewers could not be used to carry fibre-optic cable, as reported by

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