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Kent County Council has announced plans to spend £44.3 million on boosting the region's super-fast broadband.

The cash will be spent over the next four years and will be used to complement the county's £1.5 million Super-fast Broadband Pilot Fund.

It is thought that the majority of the money will come from the government's Broadband Delivery UK project, although funding announcements are not due until later this month.

However, according to a report from Computing, Kent County Council has already sent out invitations to tender, with firms being asked to pitch for fibre optic networks, wired alternative networks, wireless and innovative/emerging submissions.

It is thought that the framework for the super-fast broadband network will be in place by August this year.

Currently, 6.6 per cent of households in rural Kent do not have broadband access at all, while 40 per cent cannot get 2Mb broadband.

Kent County Council announced £1.5 million of funding for rural broadband projects earlier this year. Community groups, parish councils, and local authorities were invited to bid for £100,000 of the cash.  

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