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:

Rural broadband on critical list
6 July 2016
Improvements in rural broadband and mobile coverage must be seen sooner rather than later following the introduction of the Digital Economy Bill, say business leaders. (Cambridge News)

£40m to be invested in superfast rural broadband
12 July 2016
Dozens of broadband network providers are expected to bid for six contracts to improve broadband connections in Somerset and Devon. (Somerset Live)

BT defends £1.7bn rural broadband scheme
16 June 2016
BT has come under fire for receiving £1.7bn in taxpayer cash to roll out broadband in rural areas that it said would otherwise have been neglected. (The Telegraph)

Broadband difference between keeping afloat or going under, says MP
6 July 2016
Broadband quality for many small businesses in rural areas could be the difference between "keeping afloat or going under", Ceredigion Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has said. (BBC Online)

Cumbrian market town gets fibre broadband boost
4 July 2016
Superfast broadband has been made available to more than 3,000 homes and businesses in a Cumbrian market town. (

Fast broadband on way to rural areas... eventually
20 June 2016
RESIDENTS in some rural areas near Watlington have finally been told when they are likely to have access to superfast broadband. (Henley Standard)

Faster internet to be rolled out to more communities
18 July 2016
Households in several rural communities across Scotland are to be given access to high-speed fibre broadband. (BBC Online)

First phase of Northumberland broadband roll-out complete
29 June 2016
The first phase of the county’s iNorthumberland scheme has been completed, connecting more than 52,500 homes and businesses. (Berwick Advertiser)

Telecoms watchdog seeks rural volunteers
3 July 2016
Telecoms watchdog Ofcom wants rural people to tell it about the broadband challenges they face. (RSN Online)

Fat fibre taxes strangling us – UK broadband providers
17 June 2016
Broadband providers have hit out against a forthcoming hike in business rates which will dramatically increase the tax paid on fibre optic networks. (The Register)

Village gets hooked up to speedy broadband
11 July 2016
Rural areas which have been lagging behind in the race for faster connections have been given hope by a broadband project led by BT and Warwickshire County Council. (Rugby Advertiser)

Major study links low internet usage to slow broadband
15 June 2016
Parts of Britain are being left behind on access to online services, because of slow broadband, research suggests. (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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