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:


Rural broadband deal under threat
24 October 2017
A proposed £600m deal between the government and BT subsidiary Openreach to deliver superfast broadband to 1.4m rural homes faces legal hurdles. (The Telegraph)

UK risks 'falling behind' without investment
13 October 2017
The UK risks “falling behind internationally” if it doesn’t invest in its mobile and broadband networks, a new report warns. (

MP reflects on progress on roll-out of broadband
27 September 2017
North Northumberland’s MP has welcomed the progress being made to provide superfast fibre broadband. (Northumberland Gazette)

£90m broadband contract will create 250 jobs
7 September 2017
Investment to deliver the infrastructure to support superfast broadband looks set to boost the local economy – with the creation of 250 jobs. (Gloucestershire Live)

Government names trial areas for 'full-fibre'
3 September 2017
Six areas in the UK will soon be trying out broadband technology that provides data at speeds approaching one gigabit per second. (BBC Online)

Businesses to help find broadband slowspots
25 September 2017
Connecting Cambridgeshire has setup a new online survey in the hope local businesses can help spot any remaining gaps in broadband coverage. (ISP Preview)

Rivals deliver broadside at BT’s broadband plans
9 October 2017
A proposal from BT to spend up to £600 million connecting a million homes in rural areas with faster broadband has been attacked by rivals. (The Times)

Reforms will 'boost rural broadband and mobile'
19 October 2017
Reforms to outdated legislation will open the way for faster and more reliable broadband and mobile services, Wales minister Guto Bebb has said. (BBC Online)

Funding chests open for faster rural broadband
6 October 2017
An independent and community-run broadband network has taken another step in its plan to get East Anglia up to speed for the digital world. (Diss Express)

Superfast broadband edges nearer for remote
14 September 2017
Faster broadband is a step closer for those living in the most remote and isolated parts of the UK. (Farmers Weekly)

Peak District broadband mast prompts row
20 September 2017
A wireless broadband mast must be removed from the Peak District National Park, despite apparently being given approval by the authority. (BBC Online)

Millions to be invested in rural broadband
25 September 2017
Cheshire West and Chester Council will receive a share of £7.25m of funding to extend the roll-out of faster rural broadband. (Chester Chronicle)

Communities to get 'ultrafast broadband'
13 September 2017
Somerset towns and villages will soon have access to an 'ultrafast fibre broadband network' which will deliver some of the fastest internet speeds in the UK. (Burnham Weekly News)

£56m superfast rural broadband boost
9 September 2017
More homes and businesses in some rural parts of Wales could receive a broadband boost after £56m in funding was announced. (BBC Online)



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 851370
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