Our broadband programme

Supporting better broadband

We are working with the government’s Building Digital UK (BDUK) team to improve access to faster broadband services.

To date, this work has already brought superfast broadband to over 140,000 homes and businesses, who would otherwise have been left with no, or slow broadband. This means that over 95% of properties across Kent and Medway can now access a superfast broadband service of at least 24mbps.

If you have any questions about either of the broadband programmes email broadband@kent.gov.uk.

Kent Rural Fibre Broadband Project

We are working with BDUK and Openreach to connect an additional 5,000 rural homes and businesses with no or slow broadband with gigabit capable, fibre-to-the-premise broadband.

Use our postcode checker to see if your area may benefit from our project.

New Government-led Project Gigabit Scheme

The Government have announced a new £5 billion Project Gigabit programme which will target areas that broadband network operators will not upgrade under their own investment plans. The Government also intend for this programme to provide a solution for areas which cannot currently access a superfast broadband service.

We will be supporting the local delivery of this programme and we understand from Building Digital UK, who will be leading the programme, that the preliminary work to get Kent ready for the procurement is due to start this summer.

In the meantime, the Government has launched a new voucher scheme to provide funding for rural communities who wish to take forward their own community broadband schemes ahead of the Project Gigabit rollout.