Rural areas in Folkestone & Hythe District suffer worst broadband speeds in Kent.

The internet is something we now to take for granted. We stay connected via our computer’s pads or phones and many of us receive reasonable quality internet speeds and connections. However ever since the internet introduction in the early nineties, rural areas have always been the poorer cousin. Fast forward thirty years and not much has changed, according to the latest Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2022 report

The data which informs the report was collected by Ofcom between May and Sept 2022. What it shows is Folkestone & Hythe District, has the highest percentage of residents who receive under 10 megabytes per second (Mbps), anywhere in the county. What this means in simple terms is those who are unable to receive 10 Mbps download speed or 1 Mbps upload speed, which Ofcom regards as necessary components of ‘decent broadband’. This measure counts only premises that cannot receive the above speeds from fixed broadband, fixed wireless technologies, and mobile broadband.

The average percentage of households in our district who receive under 10Mbps is 7.9%, or 4,227 homes, according to Ofcom. The data shows the more rural you are the less likely you are to receive 10Mbps, with Lydd and Dungeness being the most affected locations within the district. New Romney in second place and Lyminge, Densole & Elham areas coming in third.

The KCC Cllr for Lydd & Dungeness is Cllr Tony Hills (Con) and the District Cllrs for this area are Cllrs Clive Goddard (Con), and Cllr Tony Hills

Below is an interactive map where you can explore the data in more depth. Again what it shows is those who live in more rural settings get a worse deal when it comes to internet speeds.

According to the Ofcom data on average 2.9% of households, or 1552 households in our district are unable to receive 10 Mbps.  Under the broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) gives people in the UK the right to request a decent and affordable broadband connection.

Under the USO, eligible homes and businesses will be able to request a connection, where the cost of building it is no more than £3,400.

Homes and businesses will only be eligible to receive a USO connection if:

  • they currently cannot receive an affordable service with download speeds of at least 10 Mbit/s, and upload speeds of 1 Mbit/s from any existing networks

  • they are not due to receive such a service from a publicly-funded scheme in the year following their request

  • the cost of connection is not more than £3,400.

The supplier delivering the USO in Kent is BT.

Kent County Council have more useful information regarding government led projects to improve broadband speed and infrastructure across Kent.

It will come as no surprise to those who live in rural areas, that they have the worse internet speeds. This has been the case since the birth of the internet in our lives in the early nineties. As we said yesterday

“Some things will never change, that’s just the way it is.”

The Shepway Vox Team

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