re-blue-large A service provided by Rural England CIC in association with Calor and the Rural Services Network


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:

Brussels sets ambitious rural broadband target
14 September 2016
Brussels has laid down the gauntlet to the British Government with plans to deliver broadband upgrades to every home in the EU by 2025 and tackle mobile not-spots. (The Telegraph)

Rural broadband plans attacked as inadequate
13 October 2016
Rural broadband and mobile phone coverage is not improving fast enough, according to the latest results from an NFU survey. (Farmers Weekly)

Prime Minister to speed up rural broadband
5 October 2016
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested her government could intervene in failing markets, such as rural broadband. (The Register)

Broadband speeds 'to be made easily available'
13 September 2016
People moving house will be able to easily compare broadband speeds at different addresses before buying for the first time under government plans being debated today. (The Telegraph)

'Digital broadband divide' grows in rural Wales
12 October 2016
There is a widening "digital divide" between rural Wales and the rest of the country, the Farmers' Union of Wales has said. (BBC Online)


High-speed broadband promised in extra 360,000 premises
28 September 2016
High-speed broadband is to be installed in an additional 360,000 homes and businesses across Scotland by the end of 2019, Virgin Media has announced. (BBC Online) 


Probe called for into Perthshire broadband “disaster”
20 September 2016
Demands have been made for an urgent probe into a Perthshire community group which received six-figure public funding for a “failed” rural broadband project. (The Courier) 


Are you happy with your broadband?
6 October 2016
Over half the people in south-west England are dissatisfied with their broadband. (Express & Echo)


Three joins Fix Britain’s Internet campaign
27 September 2016
Mobile network Three has joined forces with other telecoms companies in a bid to separate Openreach from BT. (Broadband Choices)


What's it like to live in village with no internet
10 September 2016
The village of Balquhidder has no broadband, no mobile internet access, no Freeview, no indoor radio, patchy mobile signal and, in some households, no telephone landline. (The Telegraph)


Rural residents campaign for faster broadband
6 October 2016
Residents from Bardowie, Balmore, Barnellan and some parts of Torrance are getting frustrated with painfully slow broadband speeds. (Milngavie Herald)


Villagers are 'stuck in limbo' over internet speeds
12 October 2016
RESIDENTS in Hutton-le-Hole are "stuck in limbo" – and believe sluggish broadband speeds may be deterring people from living there. (Gazette Herald)

Village has ‘slowest and most unreliable broadband’
16 September 2016
Villagers are complaining they have the slowest and most unreliable broadband in Leicestershire. (Leicester Mercury



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 information service brought to you by Rural England CIC in association with 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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