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:

Speedy rural broadband provided only 'on request'
9 May 2016
The government won't automatically provide high speed broadband to rural areas of the UK that aren't currently connected. (

Queen’s speech promises to 'right' for high-speed broadband
18 May 2016
"Automatic" compensation is promised for anyone who does not get at least 10Mbps broadband - with faster speeds promised in time (Computing)

Superfast broadband is 'promise, not aspiration'
25 May 2016
Broadband minister and Wantage MP Ed Vaizey says superfast rural broadband is a promise, not an aspiration (Oxford Mail)

Councils call for 'flexible' minimum broadband speeds
11 May 2016
The minimum broadband speed set by the government should be flexible so it can rise as average speeds do, councils have suggested. (

Fibre broadband for rural Warwickshire
9 May 2016
More rural communities across Warwickshire are to get access to fibre-based broadband over the next few months as the county’s superfast project expands. (

Rural broadband lags behind ex-Soviet bloc
21 May 2016
Rural communities in Britain get worse superfast broadband coverage than their counterparts in Slovenia, Lithuania and Cyprus. (Telegraph))

Rural broadband 'betrayal' devastating for Tory heartlands
7 May 2016
The roll-out of broadband to the countryside is one of the most contentious issues facing this Government, says Sarah Lee of the Countryside Alliance (Telegraph))

BT speeds up basic fibre broadband service
15 April 2016
BT has announced an increase in the speed of its ‘entry level’ fibre broadband service. (

Ministers told to spend £258million rural broadband windfall quickly
9 May 2016
Ministers are being pressured to ensure a £258million windfall on boosting rural broadband is spent as quickly as possible (Telegraph)

Poor rural broadband 'harms future of British farming'
11 May 2016
The National Farmers’ Union says government must do more to improve rural broadband, claiming just 4 percent have superfast connections. (TechWeek)

Virgin Media broadband comes to 10 more communities
24 May 2016
Virgin Media is to connect 10 more small towns and communities to its ultrafast broadband service. (Broadband Choices)

Broadband investment welcome, but remember final 5%
6 May 2016
Further investment in broadband and 4G technology is welcome, but more must be done in rural areas to ensure the ‘final five per cent’ is not disadvantaged. (Berwick Advertiser)


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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