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Majority of Lyme Regis to receive superfast broadband
THE majority of Lyme Regis will receive faster broadband through a Government scheme – but some will miss out.
Town councillor Lorna Jenkin, chairman of the Tourism and Economic Development Committee, updated members on the scheme at a meeting this week.
She said the Government has required private companies to provide faster and superfast broadband to 90 per cent of the UK by 2015 under the Next Generation (NG) scheme.
But funding to connect the remaining 10 per cent – all in hard to reach and rural areas – has been distributed to local councils, including Dorset.
Dorset County Council, with input from district councils, has earmarked £9 million for the Superfast Dorset scheme.
Coun Jenkin said: “The good news is that the majority of Lyme Regis will receive faster broadband through the Government’s national 90 per cent scheme at no cost to the Superfast Dorset plan.”
She said a NG map available to view at dorsetforyou.com shows which areas in Lyme will be covered.
“This shows that Timber Hill and golf club areas of town are outside the scope, and may have to rely on the Superfast Dorset scheme,” said Coun Jenkin.
Residents can check if they are in the NG scheme by inputting their postcode and telephone number on the BT website.
Those who are not covered should register themselves at dorsetforyou.com/superfast-dorset/register-interest.
Coun Jenkin said: “The message is that those outside the NG scheme wishing to get a better broadband service must tell the county’s broadband team or they may be overlooked.”
She added that Uplyme will also gain from the Lyme Regis telephone exchange upgrade, but residents will need to contact the Devon broadband team for more information.