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Spotlight on Vulnerability - Broadband Edition (July 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:

Virgin Media trials gigabit wireless for villages

1 July 2019

Virgin Media is trialling the use of wireless radio signals to help connect homes in a UK village to gigabit speeds and TV services over full fibre. (Mobile Europe)

Cross-party MPs launch rural broadband inquiry

29 May 2019

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into broadband provision in remote rural parts of the UK. (ISP Review)

RSN gives evidence on rural broadband to MPs

17 June 2019

Rural Services Netowrk chief executive Graham Biggs recently gave evidence recently to MPs investigating the issue of rural broadband. (RSN Online)

Taskforce launched to tackle rural issues in west Suffolk

27 June 2019

Broadband is among the issues to be tackled by a taskforce launched to identify and tackle key issues affecting rural communities in west Suffolk. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Report ranks UK 27th in world for mobile broadband

29 May 2019

The latest 2019 State of Mobile Network report from Opensignal has ranked the UK 27th out of 87 countries in the world for its average mobile broadband download speed. (ISP Review)

Rural ISP Airband appoints new chairman

27 June 2019

Fibre and wireless internet service provider Airband Community Internet has appointed Mark Stansfeld as its new chairman. (Business Cloud)

Cornwall housing, workspace and broadband funding agreed

20 June 2019

Cornwall Council has agreed to invest more than £40million in providing new homes, workspace and extending the superfast broadband rollout. (The Packet)

£24m broadband plan is '21st century equivalent of railways'

5 June 2019

A £24m plan to roll out ultrafast broadband to thousands of homes and businesses across the North of Tyne region could get the green light. (Chronicle Live)

More than half Essex rural residents suffer poor connection

22 May 2019

Over half of residents living in rural areas within the county said they are frustrated slow broadband according to survey results. (Epping Forest Guardian)

Wi-fi revolutionises rural pub in Yorkshire

22 May 2019

A rural Yorkshire pub says superfast broadband is revolutionising its business. (Business Daily)

Self-dig project brings superfast broadband to rural estate

31 May 2019

Farmers have dug in to help a landowner bring some of the UK's fastest broadband speeds to a rural estate near Lowestoft – winning praise from an MP. (Eastern Daily Press)

Rural businesses seek guarantees over 4G

6 June 2019

Farmers, landowners and rural service providers have called on the government to ensure plans to improve the rural 4G network coverage meet “four key tests.” (ISP Review)

Ofcom tasks BT and KCOM with rural broadband delivery

7 June 2019

Ofcom has tasked BT and KCOM with the delivery of the UK government's initiative to give consumers a lawful right to demand adequate broadband speeds. (IT Pro)

Programme for full fibre broadband in rural areas

29 May 2019

The starting gun has been fired on a programme to rollout gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to the most rural and remote locations in the UK. (Camelford Today)

Ministers under fire after broadband roll-out delayed

7 June 2019

Delays to the roll-out of superfast broadband in Scotland have prompted a chorus of criticism from opposition MSPs. (Daily Business Group)

Call for faster broadband in rural Perthshire

21 June 2019

The Scottish Government has been challenged to improve broadband speeds in rural Perthshire. (Daily Record)

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
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