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:

Virgin's £3bn broadband plan angers campaigners
13 February 2015
Campaigners express fears that Virgin Media's £3bn broadband investment plan will not benefit rural communities. (BBC Online)


Gigaclear investment a £6.5m boost for rural areas
11 February 2015
Gigaclear is to roll out fibre broadband to an additional 6,000 rural homes and businesses (


Rural homes browse satellite internet for first time
9 February 2015
People in parts of rural Britain will shortly be able to browse an internet service delivered to their homes by satellite. (


MSPs write to BT over rural broadband concerns
13 February 2015
Angus North MPS Nigel Don has expressed concerns to BT about broadband services to rural homes
. (Brechin Advertiser)


Westminster fears over pace of rural broadband scheme
3 February 2015
A group of MPs has raised concerns over the pace of BT's rural broadband programme
. (EADT24)


Broadband voucher scheme should cover rural areas, say MPs
3 February 2015
A voucher scheme which helps companies access faster broadband should be extended to rural areas, MPs have said
. (BBC Online)


Call for broadband rollout in the south-west
16 February 2015
Politicians are pushing for an official inquiry into the handling of superfast broadband in the West Country. (Western Daily Press)


Rural community shuns government's broadband rollout
6 February 2015
A community-owned broadband project has been given the green light to bring superfast speeds to 500 rural properies in Cumbria (


Digital divide must be closed, says MP
12 February 2015
A call to close the 'digital divide' by extending broadband to rural areas has been made by Nick Herbert MP in parliament
. (West Sussex Gazette)


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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