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:


Revealed: UK's best and worst broadband speeds
29 June 2017
The best and worst broadband speeds across the UK have been revealed by a new study, with the bottom three all coming from Scotland. (Press Association)

Getting fast Broadband is a 'choice'
27 June 2017
The former broadband minister has said that people can choose to have super fast broadband. (BBC Online)

Local authorities not up to speed with fast broadband delivery
27 June 2017
Eleven areas fail to provide the government’s minimum download proposal of 10Mbps, says Which? (The Guardian)

Highland residents help dig cables to ensure ultrafast broadband
13 June 2017
Two of Scotland’s most remote mainland communities are set to see broadband speeds surge to among the fastest in the UK, with residents helping to dig in new cables. (Evening Express)

Cut-off Welsh village finally gets broadband
6 June 2017
Residents of a Welsh village with no broadband are rejoicing after new superfast internet was finally installed. (The Independent)

Delay in broadband rollout criticised
5 July 2017
Rural Ireland has lost confidence in the government’s plan to roll out fast broadband to more than half a million homes following the latest setback in its delivery, it has been claimed. (The Times)

Uttlesford to benefit from superfast broadband deal
30 June 2017
More than 24,000 homes and businesses in Essex are set to get superfast broadband under a £24million deal from Essex County Council. (Dunmow Broadcast)

Yorkshire and Dorset have slowest broadband
27 June 2017
Ryedale in North Yorkshire and Purbeck in Dorset have the slowest broadband in England, according to a survey that shows rural areas are still losing out in the battle for speed. (The Times)

Broadband in half of Devon goes from slowest to fastest
28 June 2017
A £7million deal will bring superfast broadband to thousands more homes and businesses across Devon. (Devon Live)

Engineers fish for an internet connection
9 June 2017
Engineers working to bring high-speed internet to homes and businesses are resorting to some rather unorthodox methods when facing challenges. (Northumberland Gazette)

More homes to benefit from better broadband
29 June 2017
Around 12,500 homes and businesses across Bucks are set to benefit from a better broadband connection. (Bucks Free Press)

Superfast broadband coming to borough villages
26 June 2017
Residents in three villages in Rugby borough and another south of the town will soon be able to enjoy superfast broadband. (Rugby Advertiser)

Residents to benefit from £3m broadband investment
15 June 2017
Wiltshire Council has awarded new broadband contracts which they say will improve internet service to residents and businesses in the county. (Wiltshire Standard)

Slow broadband in Horsham: Ways to speed it up
29 June 2017
Just because your current or predicted speeds in your home or office building are slow, doesn’t mean you can't get faster speeds. (The District Post)


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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