Kent

Contract secures faster broadband for most of Kent

At least 95% of Kent's broadband users will have access to a faster service by the end of 2015 after a deal was signed between the county council and BT.

It follows the Make Kent Quicker campaign where thousands of people said they wanted more from their broadband.

They will have access to higher-speed fibre broadband and be able to access download speeds of at least 2mbps.

The partnership is backed by £10m of council funding, £9.87m from central government, and £19.6m from BT.

Hundreds of miles of fibre will be installed over the next couple of years, which the county council said would benefit thousands of homes and businesses across Kent and Medway, with the improvement expected to deliver £1.5bn to the county's economy each year.

Councillor Roger Gough said: "This is great news for Kent and marks the start of a particularly large-scale, landmark infrastructure project, which is about making sure that no-one misses out on broadband.

"Just as the thousands of miles of rail and roads are essential in bringing the county together, this is an essential network for Kent."

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