Wessex Internet shortlisted for rural Oscar

A DORSET internet firm has been nominated for a rural Oscar.

Wessex Internet has been revealed as a finalist in the Rural Enterprise category at the Countryside Alliance Awards.

The awards, known as the Rural Oscars, were set up 17 years ago to offer a voice and a platform to rural firms and aim to celebrate the countryside.

Hector Gibson Fleming, Wessex Internet CEO, said: “We’re proud to have been nominated for the Rural Enterprise category at the Countryside Alliance Awards.

“This nomination is recognition of our commitment to connecting the rural countryside to ultrafast full fibre broadband, for the last 14 years.”

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The winner of the award will be chosen by public vote. Polls opened on Monday (February 19) and will close at midnight on Monday, April 1.

Winners will be announced in mid-April and all regional winners will be invited to the House of Lords reception on Tuesday, June 25, where the UK champions will be announced.

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