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Digitally Connecting Rural Kent and Medway


Approval status


Fully approved

Delivery status


GBF project delivered

Project completion date


Spring 2022

The project will enable broadband connections to businesses and residents that are unable to access connectivity of 30 Mbps or above, within postcode areas in the ‘final 4%’ that are not served by the rollout of existing schemes.

The project will provide a top-up voucher to the existing Rural Gigabit Voucher scheme funded by Government and delivered by Broadband Delivery UK. This will mean that residents and businesses in the ‘hardest to reach’ areas will be able to get a voucher worth up to £7,000 to obtain connectivity, with the value of the voucher capped at the actual cost of connection.

It is anticipated that this project will directly bring connectivity to 671 premises. In addition, as increased connectivity will reduce the marginal cost of connection to neighbouring premises, it is expected that at least 222 further premises will be connected as a result.

Project Outputs
New super/ultrafast broadband connections 893

£85m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

The Getting Building Fund focuses on projects that can progress quickly and that will stimulate and better integrate economies in some of the most economically impacted and COVID-affected parts of the South East. 

£85m of Getting Building Fund investment has been secured, enabling delivery of 34 projects across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

Find out more here

Funding value: £2,290,152
Total Project cost: £4,235,711
Return to Capital Investment