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 maps criticised for lacking detail
1 April 2014
The government and BT are under fresh attack for the way the rollout of the UK's rural broadband is being handled. (BBC Online)


Rural broadband: MP slams 'secretive' BT
1 April 2014

Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee (Pac), has criticised BT's rollout of rural broadband. (BBC Online)


Report criticises government for lack of broadband action
1 April 2014
More action is needed to deliver superfast broadband to rural parts of the district, a highly-critical report by MPs demands. (Telegraph & Argus)


Rural broadband needs competition not cash
5 March 2014

Fast broadband can be delivered to rural areas, but not by BT alone. (


Slow broadband? Here's what you can do

1 April 2014

Despite massive public investment, slow broadband connection speeds are still the scourge of the British countryside. (The Telegraph)


Broadband boost for rural Bucks begins

5 March 2014

A broadband boost has come to businesses in a rural area of Bucks as the first part of a plan to speed up internet connections. (Bucks Free Press)


Lincolnshire residents launch broadband campaign

27 March 2014

Villagers in rural Lincolnshire have formed a campaign to bring superfast broadband to their area. (


Superfast broadband heading to Cleveland villages

31 March 2014

Internet users in east Cleveland will soon be able to access superfast broadband after a further £300,000 investment was announced. (Northern Echo)



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.

OFS Statistics

Broadband Statistics
For UK National Statistics on rural broadband, please click here.

Inside Government

Reports & Publications
For reports & publications on 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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