Spotlight on Vulnerability - Broadband Edition (November 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:

5G could double home internet speeds, new report suggests

23 November 2018

UK households could benefit from a cheaper, more flexible home broadband service as a result of 5G, says an independent research body. (Choose)

How to get better rural broadband and build a community

3 November 2018

Almost three quarters of England’s counties receive download speeds slower than the national average, according to the County Councils Network. (Daily Telegraph)

Slow internet costs rural businesses money

13 November 2018

Research shows more than a quarter of employees find slow internet the most frustrating part of their job. (Business up north)

Brits shun country life over phone not-spot fears

16 November 2018

Millions of Britons unwilling to be parted from their urban broadband and not-too-shabby mobile phone reception are shunning rural living, finds a survey. (The Register)

O2 to extend 4G coverage to 250,000 rural residents

29 October 2018

Mobile operator O2 is to invest in a further expansion of their 4G network coverage to reach 339 extra rural communities. (ISP Review)

£200 million to kickstart full fibre broadband across UK

31 October 2018

The government has confirmed that £200 million will be allocated to fund full fibre broadband connections in hard to reach areas across the UK. (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport)

Three UK commits £2bn to 5G broadband rollout

7 November 2018

Mobile operator Three UK has committed £2bn to support their commercial roll-out of future 5G mobile and ultrafast “home broadband” technology from the second half of 2019. (ISP Review)

Commitment to full fibre in rural areas welcomed

2 November 2018

TWO main farmer organisations have welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond's £200m investment in piloting new solutions to install full fibre internet in rural areas. (Darlington & Stockton Times)

Broadband and buses key to County Durham's prosperity

9 November 2018

IMPROVED bus services and broadband speeds are key to business growth in County Durham, councillors claim. (Northern Echo)

Signa extends superfast wireless broadband

1 November 2018

Signa Technologies (Moorsweb) has extended its fixed wireless broadband network to cover more rural homes on the remote North Yorkshire Moors. (ISP Review)

O2 investing in rural 4G mobile broadband

1 November 2018

Network operator O2 is planning more investment in the expansion of services to rural areas, which could benefit around 250,000 residents by the end of 2018. (Choose

Businesses urged to claim £2500 voucher for broadband boost

12 November 2018

Businesses are being urged to make use of a £2500 voucher for gigabit broadband speeds before the scheme closes due to high demand. (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport)

Broadband project is finalist for award

8 November 2018

A Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network for Michaelston-y-Fedw in Wales is the only UK finalist in the 2018 European Broadband Awards. (ISP Review)

Parts of Somerset left without superfast broadband

15 November 2018

Swathes of Somerset could remain without superfast broadband until 2022 due to a “catalogue of incompetence” by the company tasked with the roll-out. (Bridgwater Mercury)

Minister keen to prioritise rural areas for broadband

26 October 2018

The Scottish government says it will take an “outside-in” approach to rolling out superfast broadband access the country – meaning that rural areas could be the first to benefit. (Shetland News)

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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