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Broadband: Aug 2013

Further evidence has emerged confirming the slow pace of progress when it comes to improving rural broadband speeds.

Superfast broadband - and the lack of it - is the focus of this newsletter from the Rural Vulnerability Service - brought to you by the Rural Services Network in association with Calor.

The Rural Vulnerability Service disseminates information about key rural issues.

Rural businesses and communities continue to face challenges in terms of broadband, with some villages taking matters into their own hands in a bid to get adequate connections.

Latest updates:

VIDEO: UK rural broadband project frustrations and pitfalls
12 August 2013
Newsnight reports on the frustrations for those living in broadband 'notspots' who believe the government's broadband project is blighted by a lack of vision. (BBC Online)

Rural broadband 'stuck on B-road not information superhighway'
10 August

Broadband plans need to be much more ambitious, warns a Westcountry business leader. (Western Morning News)

Broadband: rural communities remain at a disadvantage
10 August 2013
In rural areas we get used to second-rate services. But second best is not a good habit to get into (Western Daily Press)

MPs urge DEFRA to boost rural broadband with BBC cash
25 July 2013

BBC funding should be used to improve rural broadband coverage, says the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. (Cable.co.uk)

Failed broadband scheme could cost taxpayers £45m
6 July 2013
A scheme to provide high-speed broadband to a rural region has failed after failing to attract enough interest. (The Telegraph)

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.

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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.

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