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:


We need more cash for rural broadband, says BT
7 April 2015
All rural households can be connected to superfast broadband – but onl
y if BT is given more state cash to complete the job, says the company. (Western Daily Press)


Councils fear broadband target will be missed
25 March 2015
Nearly half of county councils (45%) are concerned the Government's target for rolling out superfast broadband will be missed. (LocalGov)


Government to subsidise satellite broadband for rural residents
27 March 2015
The government is to subsidise the cost of installing satellite broadband in the country's hardest-to-reach areas.
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Faster broadband for more Leicestershire homes
13 March 2015
A £9.2 million deal aims to help people in remote areas with slow internet speeds. (Leicester Mercury)


Superfast broadband for rural Coquetdale
25 March 2015
A plan by Northumberland County Council and BT to deliver superfast broadband has been so successful that a further roll-out could be on the cards. (Northumberland Gazette)


Homes 'may miss out' on superfast broadband
27 March 2015
Superfast broadband is coming to most of rural Oxfordshire - but concerns remain about five per cent in very rural areas. (Broadband Choice)


Councillors call on BT to unveil broadband plan
1 April 2015
Civic chiefs have called on BT to announce who will benefit from its roll-out of superfast broadband in rural Hampshire. (Hampshire Chronicle)


Councillor calls for clarity on rural broadband
31 March 2015
A DEFINITIVE guide to the roll-out of superfast broadband must be published, says a county councillor. (Portsmouth News)


Broadband supports rural businesses
20 March 2015
A small rural business has hailed the efforts of a county council for helping to improve Suffolk’s internet speeds. (Suffolk Free Press)


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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