Latest broadband headlines impacting rural areas

Latest headlines:

Rural firms hampered by sluggish broadband

1 January 2019

Poor broadband and mobile coverage are still holding small businesses back, particularly in rural areas. (Blackpool Gazette)

Farmers urged to build own rural broadband

3 January 2019

Farm businesses are seizing the initiative to tackle the challenge of poor mainstream broadband connections by investing in their own private high-speed networks. (Farming UK)

Streets with UK's slowest and fastest broadband named

12 December 2018

A village street in Gloucestershire has been named as the slowest for broadband internet, according to an annual survey. (BBC Online)

Rural community 'blighted' by slow internet

8 December 2018

A business owner has said slow internet speeds mean he has to take a 10 minute drive in order to email clients. (BBC Online)

Rural areas poorly served by broadband, says Ofcom

19 December 2018

Broadband and mobile services have improved over the past year, but large areas – and particularly rural areas – are still “poorly served”, Ofcom has found. (Silicon)

Ofcom launches consultation on fibre networks

14 December 2018

The broadband regulator says it hopes to develop long-term plans to support investment into full fibre networks across the UK.

Hampshire 'still struggling’ with broadband

22 December 2018

Broadband and mobile phone coverage in Hampshire is in urgent need of improvement, according to the Country Land and Business Association. (The News)

ISP loyalty penalties cost users up to £220

7 December 2018

Customers who remain with their broadband provider and don’t haggle for a better price are being hit with “loyalty penalties” of up to £220 a year, says consumer watchdog Which? (ISP Review)

Landowners concerned about rural broadband in 2019

20 December

Rural crime, connectivity and Brexit will dominate the agenda for Oxfordshire's rural economy in 2019, say landowners.

Council questions superfast broadband claims

5 December 2018

An authority behind a drive to help nearly 200,000 premises receive superfast broadband has issued fresh advice to residents with concerns over the speeds they receive. (Northern echo)

Superfast broadband delayed by road accident

5 December 2018

A village’s bid for faster internet speeds has been delayed for months after a broadband box was damaged when it was crashed into. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Shropshire's broadband 'half speed' of Telford neighbours

16 December 2018

Internet users are having to put up with download speeds that are, on average, only half as fast as their neighbours. (Whitchurch Herald)

Rural district is first with 100% fast broadband

1 December 2018

South Norfolk has become the first rural district in East Anglia to offer every home and business access to broadband download speeds of at least 10Mbps. (Diss Mercury)

Broadband coverage is key for rural economy

19 December 2018

Brexit and broadband coverage have been highlighted as key issues for the Island's rural economy. (County Press)

B4RN suspends investments into FTTH rollout

27 November 2018

The Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) project, which is deploying a community built rural broadband network, is awaiting confirmation it will still be eligible for the EIS scheme. (ISP Review)


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