Rural Vulnerabilty Service - Broadband (April 2018)

Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Rural Vulnerability Service - brought to you by the Rural Services Network and the Rural England CIC in association with Calor.

The vulnerability service aims to disseminate information about three key rural issues: fuel poverty, broadband and rural transport.

This newsletter focuses on the availabilty of broadband across rural areas.

Latest updates:
Rural broadband speeds lagging behind

6 April 2018
Broadband speeds in rural areas are lagging up to three times slower than neighbouring cities only a few miles down the road. (Digital by Default)


Virgin Media expands fibre network to rural areas

12 March 2018
A local campaign, in conjunction with Virgin Media, has brought fibre broadband to rural communities in Hampshire. (BBC Online)

Slow broadband take-up hurting rural areas

12 March 2018
Slow broadband and a lack of digital skills are preventing billions of pounds being added to the economy in rural areas, according to a report. (The Telegraph)

Broadband price to fall with clampdown on BT

23 February 2018
The UK telecoms regulator has unveiled plans to force BT to cut the price that rivals pay for supplying broadband services over its telecoms network.


Deal with churches to boost rural broadband 

18 February 2018
Culture secretary Matt Hancock has announced that church spires will be used to boost broadband and mobile connectivity in rural areas. (EADT)

Broadband company WiSpire is sold

16 March 2018
A Norfolk telecoms company has extended its wireless network after buying an innovative broadband provider which uses church steeples as transmission masts. (Eastern Daily Press)


£12.2m boost from rural broadband scheme

12 March 2018
The Community Fibre Partnerships see local communities forming partnerships with Openreach to bring high-speed fibre broadband to the area. (Shropshire Star)

BT faces new rural broadband challenge

10 March 2018
The rights to build new ultra-fast “full-fibre” broadband networks could be packaged up and bid for as regional franchises under a new challenge to BT being privately considered by the Government. (The Telegraph)

We have to do better, broadband firms admit

7 March 2018
Broadband suppliers have acknowledged that they must improve their performance in providing Scotland with access to high speed connections. (The Times)

250 engineers recruited in broadband push

15 March 2018
More than 250 trainee engineers are to be hired across Wales to expand broadband and upgrade network speeds. (BBC Online)

B4RN helps expand superfast broadband

6 March 2018
Volunteers have joined forces with the team from B4RN in order to launch B4RN Cheshire and further extend the operator’s 1Gbps community broadband network. (ISPreview)

Broadband service boost to rural areas 

19 February 2018
EE has unveiled a new 4G home broadband solution – especially for people in rural areas that are currently only able to access broadband slower than 10Mbps. (Lancashire Post)

Faster rural broadband with funding boost

15 March 2018
A Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) will provide vouchers worth up to £3,000 for a small or medium sized business or £500 to residents. (Rochdale Online)

Brexit may improve rural broadband in the UK

22 February 2018
The UK's decision to leave the EU may actually benefit those living in rural areas according to UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove. (ITProPortal)

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