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The Department for Digital, Cultural, Media & Sport issued a press release today announcing a big broadband boost for rural English shires and counties including East & West Sussex and Kent.
A quarter of a million rural homes and businesses across England have been given access to more financial help to get top-of-the-range broadband speeds, with 17 councils providing funding.  Digital Infrastructure MP Matt Warman is now urging businesses and communities to apply for the vouchers to future-proof their internet connections and be ready to reap the economic and social benefits brought by new advances in technology. As many people find themselves working from home more the need for reliable and fast connections is essential. 

Matt Warman, Minister for Digital Infrastructure, said:

"This government is determined to connect every home and business to the fastest broadband speeds available from the Highlands to the Jurassic Coast."

"But we can only do this with collaboration at a local and national level so I’m delighted English councils have committed to pump more money into our voucher scheme to help rural communities get gigabit speed broadband."

“A quarter of all properties across the UK can now access these fast and reliable speeds, and we have earmarked a further £5 billion so rural towns and villages across the four nations can get the speeds they need to seize all the benefits of new technology.”

According to the press release Kent County Council have agreed to top-up the scheme for a second time, after providing additional funding back in September 2019.

Read the press release here