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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:

‘I understand frustration’, minister tells digital divide campaigners
3 February 2017
Rural residents in Norfolk and Suffolk are among those who lag behind the national average for ‘superfast’ broadband coverage. (East Anglian Daily Times)

One in four still lack access to fibre
16 February 2017
Alnwick Town Council wants to put pressure on BT after it was reported that a quarter of the town still has no access to fibre broadband. (Northumberland Gazette)

Business park gets superfast broadband
26 January 2017
A business park is to become the second area in Staffordshire to benefit from a new deal to help more rural areas get superfast fibre broadband. (Staffordshire Newsletter)

12,000 homes will be left without superfast broadband access
26 January 2017
DESPITE major progress being made in the rollout of superfast broadband in Dorset, further improvements can be made. (Dorset Echo)

Calls to step up efforts to provide broadband
18 February 2017
CALLS are being made for BT and the Welsh Government to step up their efforts in supplying broadband to villages in Gwynedd. (Bala Today)

Rasen MP backing broadband pledge
1 February 2017
Lincolnshire County Council has responded to calls for improved rural broadband speeds with an aim to extend superfast coverage to 97 per cent of the county (Market Rasen Mail)

Superfast broadband to bring benefits to rural firms
31 January 2017
Around 35 businesses are set to benefit from a new initiative designed to help more people get access to superfast broadband. (The Sentinel) 

Faster broadband success for rural Somerset
17 February 2017
MORE than 200 remote homes in Somerset and Devon are now benefitting from vastly improved internet thanks to a new voucher scheme. (Somerset Gazette) 

Ofcom and BT urged to settle Openreach dispute
18 February 2017
The government is pushing for a swift end to the stand-off between BT and Ofcom over the future of Britain’s internet infrastructure. (The Telegraph)

Landowners prepared to open access in rural broadband push
31 January 2017
Rural landowners have vowed to unite and give legally-binding written consent for infrastructure providers to access private land. (Yorkshire Post)

Cornwall is ‘one of the best connected counties’
1 February 2017
Cornwall is one of the best-connected counties in the country with over 95% of properties able to access superfast broadband. (Bude Today)

Hundreds of homes to get superfast broadband
13 February 2017
Hampshire County Council has approved a proposal to bring superfast broadband to about 440 homes and businesses in the New Forest. (Broadband Choices)


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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