Ultrafast Fibre Broadband
Coming now to Kilndown and Goudhurst
As you may know the Government has launched the Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme for both businesses and home owners to help provide fast Broadband in the rural areas.
These vouchers are being provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to Community Fibre Partnerships and are offering £1,500 per residential property. In addition Kent County Council are able to provide an additional £1,000 if necessary. If you run a business from your property as either an SME or sole trader with a Unique Tax Reference (UTR), you may qualify for a £3,500 voucher. The company address may be elsewhere as long as you work or operate your business from home.
See the link here for full information - https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband/community-fibre-partnerships/grants-and-funding
To download an FAQ see here -
Goudhurst already has one Community Fibre Partnership which has been fully funded and a second scheme is subject to DCMS approval and will cover Goudhurst and Curtisden Green. The third scheme is for Kilndown.
The aim is to have enough vouchers pledged to balance out the cost of the fibre install meaning a zero cost for installing fibre to the premises (FTTP) with download speeds up to a massive 900 Mbps.
Once approved, users need to take a 12 month contract with a minimum data download of 30Mbs, with one of the Internet Service Providers associated with Openreach i.e. BT, Zen, Sky and one or two other smaller ISPs such as Cerberus and Spectrum.
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