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:


TalkTalk and Openreach: Is the UK full-fibre fit?
8 February 2018
Telecoms company TalkTalk says it is preparing a big investment in broadband infrastructure – just days after BT Openreach unveiled similar plans. (BBC Online)

'Shoebox' to tackle broadband not-spots
9 February 2018
Telecoms company EE has revealed plans to sell a 4G antenna that promises to bring fast broadband internet to thousands of homes in rural areas. (BBC Online)

National trial for rural superfast broadband
9 February 2018
A family in north Cumbria is the first to trial new technology which could help more than 580,000 rural homes gain access to high-speed internet. (News & Star)

Superfast broadband reaches 95%, but rural areas left behind
29 January 2018
An estimated 95% of UK homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband, according to the government. (Farmers Weekly)

Superfast broadband: Rural residents 'left in the lurch'
16 January 2018
Residents of Powys promised superfast broadband have been "left in the lurch", a Conservative AM has said. (BBC Online)

Businesses urge broadband boost for rural economy
6 February 2018
Poor broadband and mobile coverage is a barrier to economic growth in Scotland, business figures have told MPs. (The Times)

Broadband boost for rural South Lakeland
26 January 2018
More than 250 properties in three rural South Lakeland parishes have now been connected to fast broadband as part of an impressive volunteer-led project. (Westmorland Gazette)

Rural residents quiz Openreach chief executive
1 February 2018
Suffolk residents campaigning for improved broadband access in rural areas were given the opportunity to speak to the chief executive of Openreach. (East Anglian Daily Times).

Almost 93% coverage for better broadband in Northumberland
30 January 2018
In Northumberland, 92.9 per cent of homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband, according to new figures. (Northumberland Gazette)

Village 'abandoned' by lack of superfast broadband
15 January 2018
Rural communities in Ceredigion have been abandoned by BT after it failed to finish installing superfast broadband in some areas, an AM has said. (BBC Online)

IT expert builds rural broadband hub
2 February 2018
An IT expert fed up with the slow internet connection in his rural home built a new broadband network for the whole village. (Daily Mail)

Superfast broadband 'tailored' plan to boost reach
25 January 2018
A new scheme to extend superfast broadband across Wales will be "tailored to the needs" of particular areas, a Welsh minister has said. (BBC Online)

Superfast broadband to be rolled out to more hotspots 
1 February 2018
More villagers in Staffordshire are set to gain access to rapid net speeds as superfast broadband spreads across the area. (Burton Mail)

'Challenging issues' face broadband in the Borders
26 January 2018
A report has outlined the "challenging issues" facing the rollout of superfast broadband in the Borders. (BBC Online)

More homes to get superfast broadband
4 January 2018
Thousands of homes are in line for dramatically-improved broadband connections after a new contract was awarded for North Yorkshire. (Yorkshire 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 851370
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