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Latest broadband headlines impacting rural areas

Latest headlines:

UK broadband speeds slip down global league table

10 July 2018

The UK has slipped from 31st to 35th place in the global broadband league tables, behind 25 other European countries, research suggests. (BBC Online)


Councils Warn UK Rural Areas Face Perfect Storm of Poor Broadband

4 July 2018

A new report published by the Local Government Association has warned that rural communities could face a post-Brexit “perfect storm” from poor broadband ISP and mobile connectivity. (ISP Review)


Rural broadband still lags behind says latest Ofcom report

18 June 2018

Ofcom has released its latest annual report on the state of the UK’s fixed-line broadband performance with some interesting insights. (Broadband Deals)


Rural residents hang up on mobile banking, regulator finds

20 June 2018

Consumers in rural areas of the UK are far less likely to use their smartphones for banking than their urban counterparts, a survey says. (BBC Online)


Government must solve fibre broadband black spots by 2033

11 July 2018

All homes and businesses in the UK must have access to fibre internet broadband in the next 15 years, the Government's infrastructure department has said. (The Telegraph)


Poor broadband means rural elderly people miss out on healthcare

4 July 2018

Poor rural broadband means elderly people living in the countryside will miss out on the healthcare revolution, local authorities have warned. (The Telegraph)


Gigaclear commits £6.2m to extend ultrafast rollout in rural Kent

24 May 2018

Rural broadband provider Gigaclear has announced plans to roll out ultrafast services to some 4,500 premises in Kent by 2020. (Cable)


Neighbours dig in for hyperfast B4RN rural broadband

20 June 2018

AN "ABLE bunch" of rural parishioners is digging in to bring hyperfast broadband to their homes. (Westmorland Gazette)



Satellite solutions rebrands to Bigblu Broadband Group

29 May 2018

The Bigblu Broadband Group says it remains focused on its niche market of providing faster connections to the last 5-10% of rural customers “unserved or underserved by fibre broadband”. (ISP Review)


NFU and CLA agreement to pave way for faster rural broadband

21 June 2018

An updated wayleave framework has been developed by the CLA and NFU to pave the way for broadband infrastructure providers to speed up connections. (Border Counties Advertiser)


Rural communities risk being left behind by fibre rollout

29 June 2018

Rural communities risk being left behind if the Government fails to subsidise the rollout of fibre broadband across the country, ministers have been warned. (The Telegraph)


Rural broadband connection advice on offer

10 June 2018

RURAL folk with broadband issues should head to the Great Yorkshire Show for advice. (The Press)


Council publishes report on rural broadband scheme

6 June 2018

Aylesbury Vale District Council has released an independent draft report into the failures of its Aylesbury Vale Broadband company. (Bucks Herald)


Philip Hammond promises full fibre connections for 15m premises

24 May 2018

Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged to install "full-fibre" superfast broadband connections for the majority of the UK - including homes and businesses - by 2025. (IT Pro)

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