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BBC and DCC both give interesting details of plans for Dorset
Wed 12 Mar 2014

Brief Summary of Meeting with BBC and DCC on 7th March, 2014 Key Points

1)BBC are looking to see if they can get the Dorset Breakfast Radio Programme (103.8FM 0630 to 0900 weekdays & 0800 to 1100 on Saturdays) online on the newly extended iPlayer and also on a new scheme to add local radio to Freeview TV. If this is approved, it would give county-wide coverage for the very first time. Of course, we are still working with the BBC regarding how to improve radio coverage across the county.

2)The BBC Charter is to be reviewed in 2016 we might have an opportunity to lobby the BBC Trust, either directly, or via a Trust Consultation, to push for enough funds to give Dorset a proper county-wide radio station as per Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire etc. We must win this!

3)In the meantime, BBC Dorset has a new presenter for the Dorset Radio Breakfast Programme Steve Harris. He needs you to give him leads on new events/stories etc.

Contact details:

Office Tel: 01305 262 512

5)Dorset County Council gave a very interesting, detailed presentation on the Superfast Broadband (fibre-optic) Project. A few snippets:

a.Prices from ISPs may not be much more than standard Broadband.
b.New system should not slow down when multi-users (e.g. in the home, business etc.), and also the main system speed should not be adversely affected by e.g. early evening high loads.
c.Important Note: users need to understand that they need to contact (or change) their Independent Service Provider (ISP) when the fibre service is available, and then order a fibre service in order to benefit from the new system. Many still mistakenly believe their speeds will go up automatically.
d.Plans now are to achieve 99.9% of users who could take up Fibre optics broadband. More funds to top up scheme.
e.There is also a 1 million fund set aside to help Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) maximise their benefits from using fibre optics. Links to access the business support programme can be found on the Superfast Dorset website along with all information on the project -
f.We won't see the benefits of a clawback scheme from BT unless people take up the service that sees BT repaying money if take-up exceeds 20% of properties - this can be reinvested to push superfast even further across the county. It is estimated that Dorset will get something around 2 million if we get over 30% take-up (DCC's target)!

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