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:

Satellite broadband launched in Gloucestershire
4 September 2016
SUPERFAST satellite broad – the fastest-ever service commercially available in the UK – has reached Gloucestershire. (The Gazette)

Councils unhappy with ‘misleading’ broadband
4 August 2016
The Local Government Association has criticised the way that broadband providers advertise their speeds, saying it’s “misleading” – especially for properties in rural areas. (Broadband Choices)

Rural 'challenges' for fibre broadband roll-out
18 August 2016
More than 85% of households in Scotland now have access to fibre broadband, but reaching the remaining rural areas will be a challenge, according to a report. (BBC Online)

Councils call for action on broadband speeds
27 July 2016
Town hall chiefs have called on Whitehall to re-affirm its commitment to minimum broadband speeds across the country. (LocalGov)

Farmers urged to complete broadband survey
8 August 2016
Farmers are being urged to take part in a new survey, which has been launched to help lobby changes for those struggling to get decent access to internet and mobile signals. (The Herald)

Yorkshire broadband target to be missed
28 June 2016
Some remote communities in North Yorkshire will not get high-speed broadband despite being promised 100% access by 2017, a council has admitted. (BBC Online)

Broadband at heart of new rural manifesto
2 September 2016
Scottish Rural Action will launch its new manifesto with a heavy emphasis on improving broadband provision in remote and rural areas. (Island News & Advertiser)

New broadband technology tested on Lewis
19 August 2016
Telecoms giant BT is testing new technology in the Western Isles designed to increase the speed of fibre broadband over long distances. (BBC Online)

?Rural champion celebrates superfast broadband
29 August 2016
A national organisation which has campaigned for better broadband for rural businesses is itself now benefitting from faster fibre. (Leek Post & Times)

BT broadband customers face internet outages
21 July 2016
BT’s broadband network found itself with a major fault yesterday that left customers all across the UK with slow internet, or without a connection at all. (Broadband Choices)

Rural areas to benefit from faster broadband
6 September 2016
DOZENS more communities in Dorset are to benefit from the roll-out of superfast broadband. (View News)

Villagers step up broadband campaign
5 August 2016
Villagers near Nantwich are stepping up their fight to improve rural broadband services. (Nantwich News)



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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