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:

Fibre 'best' to bring broadband to final 5%
2 April 2017
Fibre is the best way to bring broadband to rural areas – but it is also the most expensive, says Daniel Heery. (RSN Online)

Will BT's Openreach deal speed up broadband?
10 March 2017
What will the separation of BT from Openreach mean for consumers who are suffering from slow broadband? (BBC Online)

Rural businesses lack reliable broadband
27 March 2017
Rural businesses are twice as likely to have inadequate internet connections as those in cities, says a study. (RSN Online)

Some rural areas will never get superfast broadband
30 March 2017
About 5 per cent of people may never get access to superfast broadband, MPs were told yesterday. (The Times)

More money for rural broadband coverage
10 March 2017
Dumfries and Galloway will see more superfast broadband coverage thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project.(Galloway Gazette)

Broadband vouchers worth £3k for small businesses
25 February 2017
Small businesses will be given up to £3,000 worth in vouchers to help boost broadband coverage across Britain. (The Telegraph)


Ultrafast broadband arrives in rural South Lakes
29 March 2017
THE largest ultrafast broadband project in Cumbria has been completed - putting the Lakes on 'par with London'. (Westmorland Gazette) 


Devon villages have better broadband than Plymouth
21 March 2017
Remote communities in deepest Devon and Somerset can now get the fastest broadband in the UK. (The Herald) 


Can you get fit-for-purpose rural telecoms?
24 March 2017
What are the options for rural businesses suffering from no phone coverage, bad broadband and the expense of running in dedicated services? (Real Business)


Ministers face off in high-speed broadband battle
9 April 2017
Regional affairs minister Heather Humphreys is resisting a move to bring responsibility for rural broadband back to the Department of Communications. (The Times)


Call for action to improve ‘shameful’ broadband service
13 March 2017
MP Charlie Elphicke says constituents in villages suffer speeds ten times slower than parts of Dover town (Kent News)


Digital Strategy a 'missed opportunity' to help those left behind
1 March 2017
The government’s UK Digital Strategy is a “missed opportunity” to helps millions of people stuck in the digital slow lane, according to Labour’s shadow digital minister. (


400,000 extra phone masts needed to bring 5g network
30 March 2017
Rolling out high speed mobile phone coverage and internet to rural Britain will require at least 400,000 extra masts, experts have predicted. (The Telegraph)


Expanding broadband firm causes a buzz
12 April 2017
An expanding broadband business has opened a new “hive” of offices in Yorkshire. (Gazette Herald)


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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