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:

Minister admits broadband blackspots may be too expensive to cover
13 April 2016
People in isolated rural areas may miss out on taxpayer-funded broadband despite a government pledge to roll-out “universal” superfast speeds. (The Telegraph)

UK hits broadband target… maybe
8 April 2016
The UK has hit its target of making a superfast connection available to 90% of homes – but the achievement won't have anyone cracking open the champagne. (BBC Online)

Broadband speeds rise but mainly in urban areas
24 March 2016
The latest report from Ofcom on UK broadband speeds suggests there is still a wide disparity between urban and rural areas. (BBC Online)


Rural broadband 'better than in France', says BT
11 April 2016
BT has claimed that internet connections in Britain are better than France, Spain, Italy and even Germany. (Western Daily Press)


City fund manage invests in rural broadband firm
5 April 2016
Rural broadband provider Gigaclear has gained a £24m investment from Woodford Investment Management. (The Telegraph)


Digital contract set to unlock rural broadband
15 March 2016
A council’s groundbreaking deal with IT company CGI could see more rural areas able to access superfast broadband. (Southern Reporter)


Satellite dishes to boost rural broadband speeds
23 March 2016
Discounted satellite dishes which boost sluggish rural broadband are being offered to homes and businesses in Leicestershire. (Leicester Mercury)


MP has concerns about rural broadband
23 March 2016
TENBURY MP Harriett Baldwin has welcomed news that the telecommunications watchdog Ofcom is reviewing work carried out by BT’s Openreach. (Ludlow Advertiser)


Faster broadband extended to rural West Lindsey
18 March 2016
Rural businesses and residents in West Lindsey are accessing superfast broadband for the first time. (Gainsborough Standard)


Vouchers help locals boost broadband speeds
12 April 2016
Communities across Bath and North East Somerset could get up to £500 to help boost their broadband speeds to over 10Mbps. (Bath Echo)


Victory after years of broadband campaigning
12 April 2016
FASTER broadband is finally available to residents in Affetside after years of campaigning. (Bury Times)


Ofcom decision ‘must speed up rural broadband’
25 February 2016
Faster broadband connections are more likely if BT opens up its cable network to competition from other providers, say rural leaders. (Farmers Weekly)


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 FREE information service brought to you by 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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