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:

Farmers still missing out on broadband
12 August 2015
Farmers are still missing out on broadband -despite an increase in the number of rural connections. (Farmers Weekly)


Village churches to deliver rural broadband
19 August 2015
Churches in the Bath and Wells diocese are to deliver broadband to rural areas. (BBC Online)


We'll go bust waiting for broadband, say rural companies
13 August 2015
Small firms say they will go out of business before getting faster internet connections. (Western Morning News)


Farmer fed up of slow internet builds his own mast
17 August 2015
A farmer who noticed his 4G connection was faster than his landline built his own mast. (The Mirror)


BT pays back in £129m broadband subsidies
30 July 2015
BT has paid back £129m in broadband subsidies to local councils as demand for fibre beats its target. (The Telegraph)


Ofcom seeks views on splitting BT and Openreach
16 July 2015
Communications watchdog Ofcom has opened a consultation into whether BT should be split from Openreach. (BBC Online)


Government to roll out superfast rural broadband
14 July 2015
The government says more than 3m homes have been reached by its project to roll out rural broadband connections. (BBC Radio 4)


Broadband - are we really in the slow lane?
17 August 2015
Broadband is too slow - at least that is the message from BBC Radio 4 listeners. But is it really true? (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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