ONE in five buildings in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole cannot access high-speed internet, new figures reveal. 

Figures from Ofcom reveal some properties across the conurbation cannot access fast internet speeds, at 300mb/second. 

High-speed internet was a key part of the government’s levelling up agenda, with the promise by the Conservative party in the 2019 general election of gigabit broadband. 

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This target was later revised down to 85 per cent by 2025, with full coverage by 2030. 

The broadband, capable of download speeds of 1000mb/second, will be made available nationwide by 2025. 

As of January, more than 160,000 properties, or 81 per cent of BCP, could access ultrafast broadband. 

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Across the south west, 9,388 homes were below the minimum standard for broadband speed. 

Ofcom said while new fibre-optic broadband had improved internet speeds for millions, some remain at risk of being left behind. 

A spokesperson said: “Some homes in hard-to-reach areas still struggle to get decent broadband, so there’s more work to do to make sure these communities get the connections they need.”  

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A spokesperson for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: "We've put more cash into broadband rollout than any government in British history  

“More than 97% of UK premises can access superfast broadband, which meets people's current needs, but we are determined to not leave anyone behind.  

“Since the USO gave people the legal right to a decent internet connection two years ago more than 89,000 premises have been upgraded.  

“We're also prioritising these hard-to-reach areas for lightning-fast gigabit broadband through our record £5 billion Project Gigabit, with 600,000 premises already connected.”