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:


Ultra-fast £190m broadband fund up for grabs
23 November 2017
The government says it will distribute £190m of funding to help the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband across the UK. (BBC News)

Poor broadband fuels rural exodus, says housing association
14 November 2017
Slow broadband is encouraging rural people to move away to live in towns and cities where connection speeds are better. (Farmers Weekly)

Government extends rural broadband scheme
The UK Government’s £5 million Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme has been extended until the end of 2018. (ISP Review)
28 November 2017

Rural residents to test broadband scheme
20 November 2017
TEST Valley residents are set to get a more than a 175% boast in broadband speeds as a new £20m pilot scheme is rolled out across the borough. (Southern Daily echo)

Poor broadband killing off rural life
13 November 2017
Poor broadband is helping to kill off rural society as young people leave for cities and don't return, says the National Housing Federation. (The Telegraph)

Village on path to ultrafast broadband
25 November 2017
A rural community near Stone is enjoying ultrafast connections to oversees family members and customers through a pioneering broadband scheme. (The Sentinel)

Tory manifesto pledge on broadband not-spots at risk
18 November 2017
A broadband upgrade for 1.4m rural homes is expected to be delayed by as much as three years (The Telegraph)

Ultrafast broadband heading to West Oxfordshire
30 October 2017
More than 4,600 homes and businesses in West Oxfordshire will be connected to ultrafast full fibre broadband by the end of 2019. (Oxford Mail)

Video: How a village turned from a not-spot into a hotspot
3 November 2017
A remote village in the Brecon Beacons is undergoing a superhighway transformation to help local businesses into the 21st Century. (BBC Online)

Thousands of homeowners 'won't get superfast broadband'
27 October 2017
Some parts of the county are said to be 'just too rural' to make it viable to install superfast broadband. (Lincolnshire Live)



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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