Spotlight on Vulnerability - Broadband Edition (February 2019)

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 districts in next phase of superfast broadband project

4 February 2019

Residents of Newark and Sherwood in Nottinghamshire are set to see the benefits of superfast broadband. (Newark Advertiser)

Virgin Media tests 8Gbps broadband

6 February 2019

A handful of homes in Cambridgeshire have tested broadband speeds of 8Gbps, as part of a trial by Virgin Media. (BBC Online)

How to get superfast rural broadband

27 January 2019

A number of initiatives have brought faster connections to rural communities once languishing on slow broadband. (Sunday Times)

List of approved providers for Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

17 January 2019

A list of providers for the scheme which offers grants up to £350 to help rural premises get a better connection, if they are unable to receive at least a 2Mbps speed. (ISP Review)

Companies race to provide villages with superfast broadband

17 January 2019

The race to provide super-fast broadband to villages in North Somerset is heating up as a second company has stepped up to offer the service to residents. (North Somerset Times)

Campaigning for better broadband connections

8 February 2019

Living in rural East Sussex has all too often meant unreliable, slow and expensive broadband and mobile data connections, says MP Nus Ghani MP (Eastbourne Herald)

Rural broadband provider B4RN creates 20 new jobs

30 January 2019

Lancashire-based Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) says expansion will help to grow their community-built and funded 1Gbps network to reach more rural homes. (ISP Review)

Broadband: telecoms giant Openreach to add 200 jobs

28 January 2019

More than 200 jobs will be created by the telecoms giant Openreach as part of efforts to improve broadband coverage. (BBC Online)

Quickline aquisition boosts rural connectivity

29 January 2019

Wireless internet provider Quickline has announced its acquisition of network provider JHCS, known as Newark Wireless, for an undisclosed amount. (Business Daily News)

Get connected to fibre broadband in 2019

9 January 2019

More Staffordshire residents are being urged to get connected to recent fibre broadband connection in 2019 and improve access to a range of services and opportunities. (Staffordshire Newsroom)

Mobile phone companies to get business rate relief

18 January 2019

Mobile phone companies are to get relief on their business rates in a bid to increase mobile coverage in the district. (Richmondshire Today)

Watchdog lists areas with 'best and worst' broadband

22 January 2019

Orkney, Shetland and Argyll and Bute have come bottom of a table ranking local authority areas by broadband speeds, according to Which? (BBC Online)

Openreach reveals next areas for full fibre broadband

31 January 2019

The full fibre rollout is starting to pick up speed, as Openreach detail their work plans for 2019 and launch their biggest ever recruitment drive. (Choose)

Poor broadband speeds remain 'major barrier' – NFU

10 January 2019

Slow broadband speeds and patchy mobile coverage remain major barriers to improving the rural uptake of digital technology, the NFU has said. (Lincolnshire Live)

Supercharge broadband and 5G to boost economy, says CBI

7 February 2019

North-westEngland risks a growing digital divide that leaves people and businesses behind, according to the Confederation of British Industry. (Rochdale Online)

How slow broadband holding Britain back

17 January 2019

Campaigners and businesses are demanding a guarantee that new homes across the country will get decent broadband. (This is Money)

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.

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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
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