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BT will roll out super-fast broadband infrastructure in Kent and Northamptonshire after agreeing deals with the respective county councils.

The firm will contribute £19.6 million to the Kent initiative, and £8.1 million in Northamptonshire in a bid to deliver faster broadband to homes and businesses in the countryside.

Commenting on the Kent deal, BT's Managing Director for Next-Generation Access Bill Murphy said the county will be positioned "ahead of the chasing pack".

“This beautiful county, home to the iconic white cliffs of Dover, will now start to see high-speed fibre broadband roll-out extended and this will enable more local businesses to think globally, as well as enhancing education and transforming the way consumers use the internet," he stated.

Ed Vaizey, Communications Minister, said it is "fantastic news" that Northamptonshire will also be receiving BT fibre infrastructure.

"As well as the obvious benefits the super-fast broadband will bring, it’s estimated that the project will create around 1,700 new jobs," he stated.

Mr Vaizey said the UK already does more business online than any other European country, and widespread access to super-fast broadband will provide "a tremendous boost" to the Northamptonshire economy.

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