Kent County Council announces £1.5m Broadband Fund

by admin on March 6, 2011


The great thing about living in Kent is that we are truly at the cutting-edge of broadband innovation for the next wave of superfast broadband.  BT (Ebbsfleet and Iwade) and Virgin Media (Ashford) have chosen Kent for some of their main research and development projects.

So it is with great applause that the Kent County Council announced this week a £1.5m regeneration fund for Next Generation Broadband Fund- well ahead of any announcements of the impending next wave of BDUK schemes.

Goudhurst will be bidding for one of the £100,000 prizes.  In order to do this, we need to collect some information from the Parish.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Alan Craddock April 1, 2011 at 11:34 am

I wholeheartedly endorse Super Fast Broadband and we want it quickly. It would benefit our business considerably and others like us – small and medium sized enterprises based at home or at premises within the Goudhurst area.

Crucial to our bid for funding should be a mechanism to reach out to those who are presently disenfranchised and don’t have internet access. I realise it’s a big ask and time is short but if we could get a commitment from a shop in the centre of the village to set up a internet cafe it would greatly enhance the bid.

I aslo like the golden thread idea about building an on line community within the village – in particular the idea of sharing experiences and work opportunities within the village. I use to source work at the moment and I think we could do stripped down version of it on Goudhurst.Net. In fact sorry Lorne if we did it now it might aid our cause for funding showing the community at work – just an idea – I’d be willing 2 post a couple of projects to get the ball rolling.

Amanda Sisson April 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I find the main problem is a variable speed from BT which dramatically effects how well I can access information from the internet. An increase in speed at a constant rate would improve cyber life dramatically.

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