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:

More must be done to improve rural broadband
21 December 2015
Farm leaders are pressing the government to do more to help improve internet and mobile communications in rural locations like the Westcountry. (Western Morning News)


New broadband scheme for rural remote areas
10 January 2016
A subsidised satellite broadband scheme is being taken up by remote rural customers. (Chichester Observer)

Rural broadband scheme connects 20,000 premises
18 December 2015
More than 18,600 homes and businesses in mainly rural areas of the Isle of Wight now have access to faster fibre broadband speeds. (Island Echo)

More rural homes to benefit from fibre broadband
26 December 2015
BT is pledging vital investment in Dorset's superfast fibre broadband in 2016. (Bournemouth Echo)

Broadband project installs 400th fibre cabinet
12 January 2015
Moor Crichel has become the latest Dorset village to get fibre broadband, taking the county's superfast project more than 80% towards its goal. (Cable UK)

Rural Staffordshire to get superfast broadband
4 January 2016
THOUSANDS more Staffordshire residents are set to get connected to superfast broadband this year. (Staffordshire Newletter)

Broadband making a huge difference
11 January 2016
A multi-million pound rollout of superfast fibre broadband is making a huge difference to the lives of people. (Bridlington Free Press)

Why 2016 will be a year of digital decisions
13 January 2016
The economic future Rutland will depend heavily an appropriate ‘virtual’ presence and a reliable next generation telecommunications infrastructure. (Rutland Times)

Ed Vaizey and the digital age
5 January 2016
OUR lives have been radically transformed by the internet, which has touched every aspect of our existence. (Huffington Post)

We're on right lines to boost broadband speeds
11 January 2016
BT chief executive Gavin Patterson has unveiled proposals which he says will give broadband speeds in the North East a major boost. (Northumberland Gazette)

Slow broadband frustrates Skye businesses
6 January 2016
Businesses on Skye have gone back to using post instead of the internet after becoming frustrated by slow broadband speeds. (BBC Online)


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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