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:

Rural broadband provider gets boost from PM
15 August 2014
Rural broadband provided Gigaclear receives a boost from the Prime Minister at the launch of its superfast broadband network in Oxfordshire. (The Telegraph)

Villages take broadband battle into their own hands
20 August 2014
Three villages are taking the rural broadband battle into their own hands by raising the £200,000 cost of faster connections themselves. (Westmorland Gazette)

Cambs homes and businesses secure faster broadband
8 August 2014
High-speed fibre broadband is available to 30,000 premises in rural Cambridgeshire after right roadside cabinets go live. (Cambridge News)

Rural broadband frustrations in Penistone
30 July 2014
Residents and businesses in the market town of Peniston have been left frustrated by their lack of an adequate internet connection. (Broadband Choice)

Rural businesses left out of broadband scheme
20 August 2014
Rural enterprises have been left out of a government grant scheme which aims to improve broadband for small businesses. (Farmers Weekly)

Rural areas to benefit from superfast broadband
22 July 2014
Villages in Hampshire will be the latest to benefit from a superfast broadband programme. (Basingstoke Gazette)

Vodafone offers 3G boost in rural areas
22 July 2014
Vodafone UK is giving 100 rural communities the opportunity to boost their 3G signal by applying for its Sure Signal technology. (The Telegraph)


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.

OFS Statistics

Broadband Statistics
For UK National Statistics on rural broadband, please click here.

Inside Government

Reports & Publications
For reports & publications on 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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