03 MAR 2017

Finally a commitment to faster broadband for our villages

I welcome a commitment finally being made to improve shameful broadband in parts of Dover and Deal.

Some residents in villages like Lydden and Temple Ewell get internet speeds of less than two megabytes per second – ten times slower than parts of Dover town.

I joined Lydden ward district councillor Mark Rose to speak with furious business owners and villagers. We have repeatedly called on Kent County Council (KCC) and BT to improve broadband speeds.

These days the internet plays such an important role in people's lives. Yet the service in some of our rural areas is shameful.

In order for small businesses in the regions to thrive, we must have better broadband. These excruciatingly slow speeds make a mockery of modern Britain.

KCC says a street cabinet with new fibres will be installed in Canterbury Road, Lydden, on the southern edge of Chunnel Plant Hire's depot. According to the authority, work will begin soon and finish by September this year.

We must not see any more delays. I will be pressing KCC and BT to stick to their timeframe.

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