Rural Vulnerabilty Service - Broadband (May 2018)

Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Rural Vulnerability Service - brought to you by the Rural Services Network and the Rural England CIC in association with Calor.

The vulnerability service aims to disseminate information about three key rural issues: fuel poverty, broadband and rural transport.

This newsletter focuses on the availabilty of broadband across rural areas.

Latest updates:
Hammond to pledge superfast broadband for most homes

22 May 2018
The Chancellor is to promise a major expansion of Britain's superfast broadband network in a bid to boost the post-Brexit economy. (BBC Online)

UK broadband speeds leap ahead – Ofcom

9 May 2018
There has been a marked improvement in home broadband, according to an annual survey by the UK's communications watchdog Ofcom. (BBC Online)

Council cash boost for rural broadband 

17 May 2018
Up to 180 more homes could be connected to superfast broadband thanks to a second injection of cash from Ribble Valley Council. (Lancashire Evening Post)

Rural communities to benefit from broadband scheme

9 May 2018
North Yorkshire County Council has revealed which areas are included in the next phase of its roll-out of superfast broadband. (Yorkshire Post)

Boosting rural broadband speeds

4 May 2018
West Oxfordshire is on course for ultrafast broadband that will futureproof homes and businesses in the area. (Oxfordshire Guardian)

Criticism of rural broadband rollout progress 

8 May 2018
Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson criticised the Scottish government’s progress on rolling out broadband to rural communities. (Galloway Gazette)

Overturning the UK’s full fibre broadband deficit

9 May 2018
The market for full fibre broadband access in the UK is at an inflection point. Can altnets reach the parts that Openreach and BT cannot reach? (Silicon)

Broadband issues continue in rural villages

26 April 2018
Despite reporting issues with superfast broadband installation, some residents now all have the service – but others remain frustrated. (The Free Press)

Small firms put BT's Openreach to shame

13 April 2018
Fibre-building minnows passed nearly one million FTTP connections last year – more than double the amount BT's Openreach managed, according to a report. (The Register)

Worcester firm Airband nominated for award

28 April 2018
Worcester-based wireless broadband specialist, Airband has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award. (Worcester News)

Close to 1m premises still without decent broadband

30 April 2018
Almost 1m UK homes and businesses are without decent broadband speeds, while mobile coverage in rural areas remains patchy, a report has found. (i-News)

The challenges of setting up a rural business

18 April 2018
Setting up a rural may seem like a dream come true, but the reality is that rural firms face many challenges their urban counterparts do not. (BM Magazine)

Vodafone UK launches 4G SIM broadband

17 April 2018
Telecoms operator Vodafone UK has today launched a new range of bundles that includes their FTTC based superfast home broadband ISP service. (ISP Review)

New scheme could finally see faster internet connections

18 April 2018
Rural north Norfolk has some of the slowest broadband speeds in the UK, but that could be about to change. (North Norfolk News)


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