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Broadband: Oct 2013

Rural communities continue to languish behind their urban counterparts 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:

Rural broadband: How to reach the 'not-spots'
7 October 2013
Community broadband schemes are offering superfast speeds as quick as 1Gbps in some areas. (BBC Online)

Rural broadband rollout - taxpayers 'ripped off'
26 September

The taxpayer is being "ripped off" over the cost of rolling out broadband to rural areas of the UK, say MPs. (BBC Online)

MPs publish report on Rural Broadband Programme
26 September 2013
The House of Commons Public Audit Committee publishes its report into the government's Rural Broadband Programme (parliament.uk)

UK mobile operators invited to close digital divide
7 October 2013

Executives from mobile phone companies attend a government meeting to discuss ways of rolling out broadband to rural areas. (The Telegraph)

BT hits back at rural broadband criticism
7 October 2013
BT hits out at criticism of its rural broadband rollout, describing the task as "not for the faint-hearted". (cable.co.uk)

Rural 10% forced to wait for broadband
8 October 2013
The most rural areas of the UK could be forced to wait until BT has completed its broadband roll-out before they get connectivity. (Computer Weekly)

Rural areas getting raw deal on broadband
3 October 2013
Rural areas are getting a raw deal on broadband, says the charity Action with Communities in Rural England. (cable.co.uk)

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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