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:

Contract rules could speed up rural broadband
13 July 2015
Measures allowing rural customers to cancel their broadband contract due to slow speeds are a welcome step, the Countryside Alliance has said. (Frome Standard)


Fast rural broadband possible via 4G, says farmer
24 June 2015
Rural dwellers could get faster broadband by making use of 4G hotpots, believes a tech savvy Wiltshire farmer. (Farmers Weekly)


MPs to hold 'feet to the fire' on rural broadband
19 June 2015
Frustrated MPs have announced their intention to hold officials’ “feet to the fire” as they launch a new committee to investigate the roll-out of superfast broadband. (Western Morning News)


BT pledges action on rural broadband
6 July 2015
The chief executive of BT Business has promised to examine the issue of slow or non-existent rural broadband access. (The Courier)


Government plan 'falls short on broadband'
13 July 2015
Rural businesses say the government’s Productivity Plan falls short on issues such as broadband speed. (Chronicle Live)


Suffolk MP calls for answers on rural broadband
14 July 2015
A Suffolk MP has called for more scrutiny of BT's rollout of superfast broadband. (


Faster broadband for West Berkshire
14 July 2015
FAMILIES and businesses in rural West Berkshire are set to benefit from extended Superfast Broadband coverage. (Newbury Today)


Campaign launched to connect rural areas
14 July 2015
The Scottish Rural Parliament has announced that its first campaign will focus on a key issue for rural communities, digital connectivity. (Ellon Times)


Superfast broadband to be brought to rural Exmoor
2 July 2015
THOUSANDS more homes on rural Exmoor will soon have access to superfast broadband. (North Devon Journal)


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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