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Dorset County Council is considering spending around £6.67 million on boosting broadband speeds and access.

This sum would quadruple the number of houses receiving superfast broadband, helping the region meet the target of providing 90 per cent of homes with superfast broadband by 2015.

Policymakers are set to decide whether to approve the project at a meeting on Wednesday (October 5th), reports the Bournemouth Echo.

The money would be added to the £9.44 million Dorset was allocated from the government's Broadband Delivery UK pot. Data from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport show the state funding is expected to help in the region of 175,000 properties in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

Dorset is in serious need of a broadband funding boost, as currently less than a quarter of households can access internet speeds of above 2Mb.

The government is spending £530 million across the country on broadband as part of the Broadband Delivery UK project.  

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