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.
First Scottish village benefits from rural broadband rollout
18 February 2014
The village of Buckie in Moray has become the first rural location in Scotland to benefit from a £410m broadband rollout. (Business Insider)
Shropshire communities in broadband rollout
22 January 2014
Eighteen communities are to get high-speed broadband this spring in a scheme to help people in rural Shropshire. (BBC Online)
More funding needed to upgrade south-west rural broaband
7 February 2014
Politicians have pledged to work with communities to secure a slice of a £250m government fund to upgrade the Westcountry's superfast broadband provision (Western Morning News)
Broadband fears on Blackdown Hills
16 February 2014
Over 100 villagers from all over the Blackdown Hills attended a special meeting to voice their councils about superfast broadband. (Mid Devon Star)
11 February 2014
A group representing rural residents and businesses looks at broadband solutions for areas not covered by BT's own upgrade. (The Buteman)
27 January 2014
Rural communities across East Lancashire are set to get superfast broadband for the first time thanks to a multi-million-pound project. (Lancashire Telegraph)
8 February 2014
The arrival of superfast broadband to a small rural town is set to boost local businesses and communities. (Darlington & Stockton Times)
23 January 2014
A parish council has criticised the progress of a project designed to bring faster broadband to rural communities. (Rye & Battle Observer)
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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.
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