Rural Vulnerabilty Service - Broadband (February 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:
TalkTalk and Openreach: Is the UK full-fibre fit?

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A report has outlined the "challenging issues" facing the rollout of superfast broadband in the Borders.
(BBC Online)


More homes to get superfast broadband

Thousands of homes are in line for dramatically-improved broadband connections after a new contract was awarded for North Yorkshire.
(Yorkshire Post)

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