The Government's intention is to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe.

Local councils are impatient to have superfast broadband in their area. It is essential infrastructure for many businesses, which will help drive growth in the local economy and jobs. It could also dramatically improve the quality of people's lives.

The LGA is supporting the Libraries Task Force to implement free WIFI across public libraries.


If you have any queries or would like further information about our work on digital inclusion please contact:

Ian Leete

In this section:

21 November 2016


LGA response to ONS figures on internet use

4 August 2016

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the LGA's People and Places Board, responds to Office for National Statistics figures on increasing internet use.


Councils respond to government digital service announcement in the Budget

18 March 2015

Cllr Peter Fleming, Chairman of the LGA's Improvement and Innovation Board responds to the announcement in the Budget that HM Treasury, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Government Digital Service will collaborate with partners in local government.


Medway community hubs

Strood Community Hub is the fourth of the Medway Community Hubs to open. It will provide convenient access to services for our customers, increased footfall for Strood and the refurbishment of a dilapidated shop, enhancing the High Street environment.



The LGA commissioned research to capture examples of where councils have used technology and digital tools and approaches to deliver services that are better target and more efficient.


£10 million broadband fund – winning bids announced

The LGA is bringing together councils leading the rural broadband rollout to discuss progress towards reaching the final 5 per cent as well as the additional £250 million Superfast Extension Programme to achieve 95 per cent coverage.


Related links

Digital councils

Simple things, done well: Making practical progress on digital engagement and inclusion

The report recommends setting up a UK-wide network of ‘silver sidekicks' – older, tech-savvy people who would be paid to go into peoples' homes and community centres to teach them how to use the internet to make digital transactions such as renewing a driving licence or paying a utility bill.

Go on UK

Working to empower everybody in the UK to reach their potential in an increasingly digital society and economy.