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A broadband advocate in Dorset has welcomed the government's new £20 million fund, which is designed to deliver faster web services to remote areas.

SocialTech founder Luke Williams, a member of the Dorset Digital Task Force group, said the new initiative could bring faster broadband to rural homes and businesses in the county.

He said anything that improves broadband, particularly in the countryside, is "going to be a good thing".

"People's general awareness of the issues is growing, which is good," Mr Williams told the Bournemouth Echo.

He noted that the task force, set up by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry to lobby for faster broadband, is looking at how it can help people in outlying communities to keep up in the digital age.

"We felt there was a need to improve broadband speeds across the area," he added.

Meanwhile, economic development partnership Shaping Norfolk's Future is seeking up to £60 million from Broadband Delivery UK to roll out fibre broadband.

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