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Broadband services in rural areas near Canterbury are to be improved thanks to a grant from Kent County Council, reports suggest.

According to yourcanterbury.co.uk, city officials have earmarked more than £100,000 of funding to improve the provision of services in Selling, Kings Hill and Iwade.

The news provider reported that the money was set aside following the publication of a study which revealed that many rural homes and businesses are suffering from poor connections.

Each parish council will be able to claim funding to subsidise the costs for internet service providers (ISPs) to install the necessary infrastructure required for improved broadband.

A spokesperson for Kent County Council told yourcanterbury.co.uk: "The maximum amount of grant is £50,000, due to state aid regulations.

"Depending on costs, it is possible that there will be money left in the budget for other areas."

Over the coming years, the government expects ISPs to deliver improved broadband services to the UK's rural regions as part of plans to provide universal 2Mb access by 2012.

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