Spotlight on Vulnerability - Broadband Edition (August 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:

Volunteers launch rural broadband network

24 August 2018

Volunteers in Northumberland have begun laying the track for a high-speed broadband network amid frustration over unreliable speeds and connections. (BBC Online)

Broadband roll-out 'needs to be speeded up'

27 August 2018

The roll out of superfast broadband needs to be speeded up according to Worcester-band Community Internet. (Worcester News)

Rural residents frustrated by broadband rollout

9 August

Rural residents in South Gloucestershire have been frustrated by the county’s high speed broadband rollout. (Gazette Series)

£16m investment for wireless broadband firm

1 August 2018

Fixed wireless broadband provider Airband has secured an additional investment of £16m to help expand their rural superfast and ultrafast broadband network. (ISPreview)

£4.15m broadband boost for rural Cambridgeshire

6 August 2018

The Connecting Cambridgeshire project is working alongside Openreach (BT) to help extend fixed line superfast broadband coverage. (ISPreview)

Villagers dig their way to faster broadband

29 July 2018

Villagers in the Yorkshire Dales are driving a grassroots movement to connect some of the country’s most isolated areas to faster internet. (The Times)

Just 44 postcodes out of 1.7m have top broadband speeds

19 July 2018

Just 44 postcodes out of 1.7m are using optimum broadband speeds, Ofcom figures show. (The Telegraph)

Staffordshire nears 96% superfast broadband target

1 August 2018

The Superfast Staffordshire project with Openreach (BT) claims to have extended the local coverage of superfast broadband networks to 95.7% of premises. (ISPreview)

Remote areas first in line for broadband subsidies

22 July 2018

Some of Britain’s most isolated communities would be first in line for subsidised broadband upgrades under proposals due to be unveiled by the government. (The Telegraph).

Copper cables 'switched off' to improve broadband

17 July 2018

The government could switch off every copper phone line in the UK to force telecoms firms to improve rural broadband speeds, the Chancellor has said. (The Telegraph)

North Yorkshire wins funding for superfast rural broadband

26 July 2018

The Rural Development Programme for England will provide £11.15 million for its Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY) project. (The Press)

Superfast broadband ‘must reach’ rural areas

22 August 2018

The Country Land and Business Association calls for an holistic approach when considering digital connectivity by incorporating 4G mobile connectivity in its plans. (Farming Sector)

£45 million investment in rural broadband

26 July 2018

Rural businesses and communities are set to benefit from improved broadband access as part of a £45 million boost by the government. (Defra)

Rural-urban divide over superfast broadband

20 August 2018

Stark disparities remain over the Government’s delivery of superfast broadband between urban and harder-to-reach rural areas, says a report. (Yorkshire Post)

Rural broadband challenge 'significant

2 August 2018

Rural areas face a "significant" task in boosting broadband coverage in a £150m deal agreed with government, a new report says.

Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a FREE information service brought to you by the Rural England Community Interest Company in association with the Rural Services Network.

Calor was set up 80 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain. This focus continues today with 75% of Calor's business in the British countryside. Calor recognises the need to address climate change and energy efficiency and so has introduced bioLPG to the UK market in 2018, the first LPG supplier to do so. BioLPG requires no changes to the customer’s appliances, it just reduces carbon emissions by up to 80% and burns just as cleanly as fossil LPG.

Furthermore, Calor’s transport solution – LPG Autogas – can deliver significant air quality and environmental benefits, and at around half the cost of petrol and diesel benefits the hard-pressed motorist too. Over 150,000 motorists already benefit from this cleaner and affordable fuel, which is available from over 1,400 refuelling stations across Britain.


Articles in this newsletter are included for information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Rural Services Network, Rural England CIC or Calor.

Reports and Publications:

For reports & publications on fuel poverty, click here

For reports & publications on rural broadband, click here

For reports & publications on rural transport, click here

National Statistics:

For UK National Statistics on fuel poverty, click here

For UK National Statistics on rural transport, click here

For UK National Statistics on rural broadband, click here

Useful links:
Fuel Poverty:

Citizens Advice
End Fuel Poverty Coalition
Energy UK
Committee on Fuel Poverty
Health Housing & Fuel
   Poverty Forum

National Energy Action


Broadband for the Rural North
Broadband Delivery UK
Rural Broadband Partnership
Dept Culture, Media & Sport
Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA)

Citizens Advice
Campaign for Better Transport
Community Transport Ass'n
CPRE - Transport campaign
Department for Transport
Plunkett Foundation
Transport for Quality of Life

How to save local buses
Guide for those wishing to save local buses from cuts
Buses in crisis
How rural communities have been most damaged by cuts
Integrated transport
How to integrate transport into new developments (pdf)
Transport e-Bulletin
Sign up for regular transport news and campaigns


Sign up to our newsletter to receive all the latest news and updates.