re-blue-large A service provided by Rural England CIC in association with Calor and the Rural Services Network


Access to adequate broadband - and indeed the lack of it - remains a big challenge for rural business and communities.

Remote rural areas often face challenges with technological advances as they are grafted on to existing networks.

Broadband is the classic example.

Lack of technological capacity can impact on areas from both an economic and a social viewpoint.

The Rural Services Network aims to ensure rural communities are fully updated on both developments and concerns.


Latest updates:


B4RN East Anglia scheme aims to get communities connected to fast broadband

18 August 2017

Rural businesses struggling with sluggish internet speeds will have the chance to take matters into their own hands after the launch of a community-led project in the region. (EADT)


Broadband speed is non-existent in Ribble Valley

9 August 2017

BUSINESSES and politicians are furious about the lack of fast broadband in an East Lancashire borough. (Lancashire Telegraph)


MP Grant Shapps’ publishes new “Broadbad 2.0” report on state of UK broadband

23 July 2017

MP Grant Shapps’ has published the latest “Broadbad 2.0” report and Andrew Ferguson, editor of, offered his analysis. (Business Matters)


Plans to spread digital growth to rural areas

23 July 2017

Rural England and Scotland’s Rural College are launching a consultation which will attempt to discover how best to support the digital economy in the UK’s regions. (The Telegraph)


Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

8 August 2017

Broadband in Blighty ranks 31st in the world, with average speeds of 16.51Mbps, according to a comprehensive analysis. (The Register)


Fergus Ewing: Broadband deal is hampering superfast ambitions

29 August 2017

Rural Scotland’s chances of getting a good universal broadband speed are being hampered by the UK government, a Scottish minister has claimed. (The Times)


Top 5 broadband questions answered

14 August 2017

Broadband expert Daniel Heery answers the Top Five most frequently asked questions by delegates at rural events. (Rural Services Network)


Broadband upgrades for a million forgotten homes

15 July 2017

BT’s network subsidiary Openreach is close to a deal with the Government to deliver broadband upgrades to more than a million rural homes. (The Telegraph)


Powys man gets broadband via satellite over Africa

30 July 2017

Slow rural broadband has prompted one man in Wales to get his internet from a satellite 22,000 miles above Africa. (BBC Online)


Rural broadband upgrade plan 'legally questionable', says TalkTalk

9 August 2017

A scheme to ensure rural Britons can get decent broadband is under threat after TalkTalk branded it "legally questionable" over plans to allow BT to recover costs through higher wholesale charges. (The Telegraph)


West Highlands worst in UK for broadband, MPs find

29 July 2017

The parliamentary constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber is the worst area in the UK for broadband, new figures show. (BBC Online)


Government announces £200m funding for rural broadband and farm productivity

31 July 2017

The government is making available £200 million in rural grants to support broadband and investment in new farm facilities and machinery. (Horticulture Week)


BT’s rural broadband offer snubs farmers

1 August 2017

Thousands of farmers in the most isolated rural areas would be left without high-speed broadband in an offer put forward by BT Openreach. (Farmers Weekly)


BT's rural broadband deal 'to send bills soaring'

29 July 2017

Broadband bills are due to rise after the Government proposed to let BT include the costs of providing a decent internet service to millions of rural Britons in its wholesale prices. (The Telegraph)



RSN Broadband News

Latest news from the Rural Services Network

Rural Broadband Analysis

In depth articles from the Rural Services Network

Government announcements

Latest reports and statistics

Broadband Toolkit

Broadband Toolkit

The BDUK rural community broadband fund toolkit is for communities who want to help bring superfast broadband to their area.


In The Community

Calor has a long history of supporting not only the local areas in which it works, but also the rural communities it serves.

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Battling for Broadband

The Battling for Broadband campaign from Farmers Weekly magazine includes some of the latest research on rural broadband speeds.

SOS Village

Broadband means Business

Social enterprise could be the only way your community gets broadband. Learn how to install it and bring the world to you.

Rural Broadband

Broadband options

Next steps to take if you're struggling to get things done online - or can't even get online at all.

Commission for Rural Communities

Broadband Archive

Archived documents relating to rural broadband issues from the former Commission for Rural Communities.


Rural Vulnerability Service
Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a information service brought to you by Rural England CIC in association with the Rural Services Network.


Calor was set up 75 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain. This focus continues today with 75 per cent of Calor's business in the British countryside.


Calor supports efforts to tackle climate change and fuel poverty. As an energy provider, it wants rural communities to have a strong voice in the energy efficiency debate – and the same opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and fuel costs as exists in urban on-grid areas.


For details about Calor's work with rural communities, click here.

Inside Government

Reports & Publications
For reports & publications on broadband, please click here.

OFS Statistics

Broadband Statistics
For UK National Statistics on rural broadband, please click here.
More Information

For full details about our Rural Vulnerability Service, contact:

David Inman
Rural Services Network
Kilworthy Park
PL19 0BZ

T: 01822 851370
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