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Broadband: May 2013

Welcome to the Rural Vulnerability Service - a new initiative from the Rural Services Network in association with Calor.

The vulnerability service aims to disseminate information about three key rural issues: fuel poverty, broadband and rural transport.

This email newsletter focuses on broadband.

Access to adequate broadband - and indeed the lack of it - remains a big challenge for rural business and communities.

Remote rural areas often face challenges with technological advances as they are grafted onto existing networks. Broadband is the classic example.

Lack of technological capacity can impact on areas from both an economic and a social viewpoint.

The Rural Services Network aims to ensure rural communities are fully updated on both developments and concerns.

Latest updates:

Minister: Broadband will transform rural areas
28 May 2013
Nothing will have a more spectacular effect on the rural economy than the roll-out of super-fast broadband, says Defra minister Richard Benyon. (Western Daily Press)

High-speed broadband to be rolled out in Cheshire
1 May 2013

HIGH speed fibre broadband will be rolled out to 96% of Cheshire homes and businesses after a £28.5m project is signed between the county’s four councils and BT. (Knutsford Guardian)

Broadband makes rural life upwardly mobile
1 May 2013
High-speed mobile broadband is helping small firms and businesses to prosper in one of the UK’s most remote rural areas. (Daily Express)

Hopes for faster broadband in rural Norfolk
14 May 2013

Rural residents waiting for faster rural broadband in Norfolk are being offered an alternative that could get them online within a month. (EDP24)

Quick broadband take-up in Yorkshire village
29 May 2013
A North Yorkshire village has taken super-fast fibre based broadband right to the heart of the community. (Harrogate News)


Broadband Toolkit

Broadband Toolkit

The BDUK rural community broadband fund toolkit aims to help bring superfast broadband to your area.
In The Community

In the Community

Calor has a long history of supporting the local areas in which it works, and the rural communities it serves.
Battling for it

Battling for it

The Battling for Broadband campaign from Farmers Weekly includes research on broadband speeds.
Broadband means business

Village SOS

Social enterprise could get broadband to your community. Learn how to bring the world to you.
Broadband Options

Rural Options

Next steps to take if you're struggling to get things done online - or can't even get online at all.
Broadband archive

Broadband Archive

Achived documents relating to rural broadband from the former Commission for Rural Communities.

About Us

Sponsored by Calor, the Rural Vulnerability Service is a FREE information service brought to you by the Rural Services Network.

Calor was set up 75 years ago with the intention of bringing clean, efficient and modern energy to rural Britain.

This focus continues today with 75 per cent of Calor's business in the British countryside. Calor supports efforts to tackle climate change and fuel poverty.

As an energy provider, it wants rural property owners to have a strong voice in the energy efficiency debate – and the same opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions and fuel costs as exists in urban on-grid areas.

For UK National Statistics on broadband, please click here.

For reports & publications on transport, please click here.

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