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:

Ultrafast broadband on way for rural Herefordshire
14 April 2017
Slow broadband could soon be a thing of the past, with more than 8,000 county homes and businesses soon to have access to some of the fastest speeds in the country. (Ledbury Reporter)

Internet firm bags £111m for rural broadband
7 May 2017
Abingdon-based internet infrastructure firm Gigaclear has won £111m investment to build broadband networks across rural Britain – but not Oxfordshire. (The Herald)

High-speed internet on the hills
22 April 2017
Life in the internet fast lane is coming to the Blackdown Hills with the installation of the first ultrafast pure fibre broadband cabinets at Churchinford and Upottery. (Wellington Weekly News)

New way to access rural fibre broadband
7 May 2017
Rural areas which are not included in plans for superfast broadband technology are being offered a new way to improve internet speeds. (Weston Mercury)

General Election 2017: What the parties say about broadband
18 May 2017
A look at what each party says it will do for broadband customers and the targets it will set for the industry. (

Villagers lay their own broadband
24 April 2017
A rural community that has been deprived of broadband is taking matters into its own hands. (The Times)


Villages chosen for broadband boosting pilot
17 May 2017
Villagers in some of the more remote parts of Scotland will take part in a pilot for a new broadband boosting technology. (BBC Online) 


Meeting the challenges faced by rural businesses through ecommerce
16 May 2017
An Amazon Academy helps rural SME owners take their business to the next stage by giving practical advice on ecommerce. (Real Business) 


Wireless broadband trials bring superfast speeds to village
17 May 2017
A new wireless broadband technology is being used to deliver faster speeds to residents of a Welsh village. (


Broadband scheme hits 100 homes
15 May 2017
A community project aiming to connect every household in two villages to superfast broadband has reached a milestone. (Newark Advertiser)


Firms 'hobbled' by poor mobile coverage
12 May 2017
More than 70% of firms face 'not spots' of patchy or no mobile internet coverage in their local area, a British Chambers of Commerce survey says. (BBC Online) 


Village is ‘only place in England’ to test new broadband technology
22 May 2017
A village on the outskirts of Horsham has been chosen as the only place in England to test new broadband-boosting technology. (West Sussex County Times


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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