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North Dorset MP Simon Hoare backs broadband bill 0

North Dorset MP Simon Hoare backs broadband bill

Simon Hoare MP is backing a new bill that should benefit rural areas including his North Dorset constituency. He praised the Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill in the House of Commons. During the debate he said small shire districts that areaways seeking to be more efficient would benefit greatly from the bill.

He said: “It will be absolutely crucial for the farmer in my constituency who is trying to buy or sell stock and make their submission to the Rural Payments Agency to have fast, reliable broadband of a speed and regularity of service.” He said it was also important for delivery services in rural areas that are not particularly well served by rural public transport. Read More Mr Hoare also highlighted the advantages for tourism with promotion of hotel and pub rooms, visitor attractions and interactive tourist information centres in areas where local authorities have reduced support and services. He pointed out the benefits made possible in education and the advantages of receiving faster films and sports coverage.

Mr Hoare suggested to fellow MPs that they “remind ourselves of the most enormous strides made in broadband provision for all our constituents and constituencies, urban and rural.”

New fund to help communities without superfast broadband 0

New fund to help communities without superfast broadband

A new community fund will help Dorset neighbourhoods where there are currently no plans for high-speed internet access. The Superfast Dorset Community Broadband Fund has been set up to support the small number of areas not currently included in any superfast roll-out plans. The £500,000 scheme enables Superfast Dorset to co-invest with communities by match funding up to half the costs of bringing faster broadband to their neighbourhood.

More than 95 per cent of Dorset premises can now take a superfast fibre broadband service – defined as download speeds of 24Mbps or greater. Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council 1 Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment, said: “Current commercial and Superfast Dorset fibre roll-out plans will leave around just two per cent of Dorset premises without access to a faster connection. “Technologies such as fixed wireless and satellite broadband can already serve most premises, but we know that some communities would rather pay a share of the costs to bring a superfast fibre solution to their area. “That’s why we have set up the Superfast Dorset Community Broadband Fund. It allows us to provide the same level of public funding to communities which aren’t included in our fibre roll-out plans.” More information about the scheme and how to apply can be seen at 2 Superfast broadband helps make everything happen online much faster than a standard broadband connection.

The technology offers download speeds typically several times faster than standard broadband. Everyone can be online at the same time Download and watch TV and films without buffering Make video calls Work from home with a faster, more reliable connection Fibre can now cost the same or less than standard broadband. But speeds don’t improve automatically.

Residents and businesses must contact their chosen service provider and ask to switch to fibre broadband to get the faster connection. Check if your property can get fibre or is included in current roll-out plans at You can also sign up for regular project updates and to receive an email when fibre arrives in your area.

More information Superfast Dorset is a partnership between BT, the Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS), Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, the Borough of Poole, Christchurch Borough Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council 3 , West Dorset District Council 4 and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council. The project brings superfast broadband to areas not covered by the commercial roll-out undertaken by BT, Virgin Media and others. Superfast Dorset has already enabled more than 570 roadside fibre broadband cabinets across the county, delivering superfast fibre broadband to more than 80,000 properties.

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Need for broadband speed drove plan to connect west 0

Need for broadband speed drove plan to connect west

Need for broadband speed drove plan to connect west Originally from Mullingar and from an IT background, Paul Cunnane moved from Dublin to Mayo for a change of pace in 2001 -but found that access to broadband was severely lacking. Rather than simply complaining about it, he decided to set up his own broadband company, and so in 2005 Westnet was born. The company was set up with the aim of establishing affordable, high-quality broadband to rural communities in the west of Ireland. Email 1 Originally from Mullingar and from an IT background, Paul Cunnane moved from Dublin to Mayo for a change of pace in 2001 -but found that access to broadband was severely lacking. Rather than simply complaining about it, he decided to set up his own broadband company, and so in 2005 Westnet was born. The company was set up with the aim of establishing affordable, high-quality broadband to rural communities in the west of Ireland.

Since setting up the business, Westnet has established more than 100 local access points and a high-capacity fibre-optic and licensed wireless backbone which runs the length and breadth of Mayo. “Our customers are all in the west of Ireland, as far south as Clonbur, Co Galway and as far north as west Sligo. We reach as far west as Achill Island and as far east as parts of Roscommon,” says Cunnane. “Having a good broadband service is essential in this day and age. Our Castlebar data centre is linked into Ireland’s fibre network and beyond.

From the Westnet hub we have used fibre and wireless technology to create a comprehensive network linking much of the region. “We have a customer support phone line and SMS service operating seven days a week backed up by our team of engineers. Our sales team can check a customer’s location using sophisticated network-mapping software to see if a customer’s location has fibre service available or is within our wireless coverage.” Westnet has installed network access points in many of the rural areas of Co Mayo, helping local businesses develop and thrive in areas where the existing communications network had previously let them down. “Additionally, homeowners and students in Mayo can now sit in the comfort of their own homes to gain easy access to the internet for leisure, business and education purposes,” says Cunnane, who has worked in the IT business since 1987, starting as a junior computer programmer in a Mullingar factory. He then held various IT roles in software, hardware and networks and became the international information systems manager for The Learning Company, a publisher of educational software and games, which was bought by toymaker Mattel.

Disillusioned with the dotcom bubble, he moved to Mayo for a change of pace in 2001 as he had family roots there. He spent a few years as a personal development coach, but never lost his interest in all things IT. “I was constantly frustrated with the inability to get fast or even reliable broadband. I think anyone living in rural Ireland can identify with that struggle,” he says.

Homeowners and students living in outlying areas were depending on town centre internet cafés, or on unreliable mobile dongles, for broadband internet access, he adds “My struggle to get any sort of internet access in rural Mayo led to me to set up a wireless broadband co-operative – the Knockmore Network – which led in turn to setting up Westnet.” Cunnane assembled a team of skilled professionals, creating a blend of IT, networking and radio communications expertises to deliver reliable solutions to areas that are not considered cost-effective by other suppliers. “We’ve been getting faster and faster all the time. Late last year, we signed a deal with Siro, the ESB-Vodafone joint venture company, which will allow us to provide one-gigabit broadband to the people of Westport and Castlebar,” says Cullane. “This means that the people in these areas can access broadband as fast as international hubs like Hong Kong or Singapore. “As a regional broadband provider, it is fantastic to be able to avail of Siro’s open access network as we can compete with any telco offering services in these towns.” Being able to offer both wired and wireless services gives Westnet flexibility in the products that it can offer to its customers. It can offer direct fibre to the home where those services are becoming available, high-speed broadband through the phone lines in most of the region’s towns, and wireless broadband almost everywhere else.

Westnet was one of the first regional internet service providers (ISPs) to recognise the importance of supporting high-speed fibre services to homes. When the National Broadband Plan was announced in 2012, Westnet publicly embraced the idea of rolling out fibre services to every premises in the country, and it has signed agreements to provide services on commercial fibre networks in the meantime. “When we started out, we had to build our own network from scratch,” says Cunnane. “There was precious little fibre in Mayo, and what was there wasn’t available to operators like us at the time, so we built our own radio network to cover the county and now that Siro is in Mayo, we have access to the best broadband in the country. “We’ve kept that radio network updated to the latest available technology, and in recent years we’ve been able to access fibre backbone networks, which complement and add resilience to the radio backbone.” Westnet employs 13 people, and Cunnane believes it is important to have like-minded staff. He says that to provide the best service he needs to have staff who know what they are talking about and are at the top of their game. “Having staff with complementary strengths and abilities who can bring something different to the table is invaluable to me.” Cunnane also emphasises the importance of co-operation among the wider business community – he himself recently completed a stint as chairman of the ISP Association of Ireland, and Westnet co-founder Brendan Minish has been a member of the board of INEX, the Irish neutral internet exchange, for several years.

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