Call for patience for Dorset rural broadband
A MEETING was held in Blandford this month to review the DT11 application for Defra funding under the Rural Community Broadband scheme and clarify the position of the broadband upgrade in Dorset as a whole and North Dorset in particular.
Hosted by the DT11 community partnership and chaired by Niels Kraunsoe, it was attended by representatives of Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Broadband Delivery UK, Dorset County Council, North Dorset District Council and North Dorset Broadband Ltd.
Mr Kraunsoe is the newly appointed chairman of North Dorset Broadband Ltd, the company promoting the scheme to bring superfast broadband to villages along the former Somerset and Dorset railway line, and brings a wealth of experience to the role.
The proposal, which took months to prepare and was submitted in December by Steve Adamson and his team, was well received by Defra, but needs several areas of clarification by DT11 before hopefully going through the final stage of approval.
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Scott Norman, chairman of DT11, asks for patience during this final phase.
"Applications of this size and nature involving cross-department involvement always take longer than one would hope," he said. "The company is now registered, an Enterprise Investment Scheme Rural Broadband Fund has been launched to raise finance, and we are reviewing staff appointments. Hopefully once we have a letter of offer we will be in the position to hit the ground running."
For further information see the website northdorsetbroadband.co.uk or call 01258 489998.