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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:


Broadband boost for remotest parts of UK
22 December 2016
Around 600,000 more homes and businesses could be connected to superfast broadband, after the government recouped £440m. (BBC Online)


The farmer who built her own broadband
26 December 2016
Chris Conder explains how she created a local superfast broadband network. (BBC Online)


Rural families with poor broadband may be given vouchers to spend on getting connected
22 December 2016
Rural families with poor broadband will be given cash vouchers to spend on their own internet providers under plans by Number 10. (The Telegraph)


Church spires in rural areas to be equipped with broadband satellites
7 January 2017
Church spires in rural locations are to be equipped with broadband satellites to boost connectivity for local people. (uSwitch)

Bury MP urges using Suffolk for broadband pilots
22 December 2016
MP Jo Churchill has suggested the Government use her Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket constituency as a pilot area for improving broadband coverage. (Bury Free Press)

Poor broadband for 28 schools across Wales
6 January 2017
Slow broadband speeds have left 28 primary schools facing problems using online learning resources, it has emerged. (BBC Online)

Superfast broadband for 25 more communities
28 December 2016
The Superfast Cornwall partnership has made the broadband technology available to a further 1,450 households and businesses. (Pirate FM)

Slow broadband ‘holding back’ business for farmers
12 December 2016
A lack of reliable internet connectivity is “holding back” farm businesses, says the Farmers Union of Wales. (Broadband Choices)

£200,000 lottery cash will get rural tenants online
14 November 2016
A housing association aims to help its tenants in rural areas access broadband thanks to more than £200,000 of lottery funding. (Western Telegraph)

Next phase of superfast broadband underway
29 December 2016
THE next wave of a huge broadband project in Hampshire is about to start. (Hampshire Chronicle)

Small businesses raise broadband concerns with MPs
9 January 2017
The need for faster broadband was a key issue raised with MPs by small businesses. (Dorset Echo)

Next two years ‘crucial’ in tackling digital divide
9 January 2017
THE next two years are crucial in ending the digital divide holding back the rural economy, says the Country, Land and Business Association. (Staffordshire Newsletter)

Small businesses raise broadband concerns with MPs
9 January 2017
The need for faster broadband was a key issue raised with MPs by small businesses. (Dorset Echo)

One-quarter of rural areas without ‘decent’ broadband
19 December 2016
About one-quarter of properties in rural areas are still unable to get a decent broadband connection, a report by telecoms regulator Ofcom has revealed. (Farmers Weekly)

MP turns the heat up for better broadband
9 January 2017
Louth MP Victoria Atkins is on a mission to speed up broadband in the county. (Grimsby Telegraph)

Rural broadband to get £440 million boost
28 December 2017
The government has managed to scrape together an extra £440 million to put towards improving rural broadband. (Broadband Choices)



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 813641
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