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Rural Vulnerability Service

RURAL BROADBAND - November 2016

Better broadband - and the lack of it - is the focus of this newsletter from the Rural Vulnerability Service, brought to you by the Rural England Community Interest Company and 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.

The topic has rarely been bigger or more pressing.

Latest updates:

Dead TV signals offer rural broadband hope
10 November 2016
Part of the wireless spectrum freed up after the digital TV switchover is being used to provide broadband services in rural Scotland. (BBC News)

MP’s conference on rural broadband
24 November 2016
Bexhill and Battle’s MP Huw Merriman met with parish and district councils to discuss how rural broadband and mobile phone reception should be improved. (Bexhill Observer)

Broadband announcement fails to recognise ‘forgotten 5%’
12 November 2016
Rural leaders fear the government’s announcement on broadband investment will not go far enough to address problems of the “forgotten 5%” who are faced with a broadband shutout. (Farmers Weekly)

BT's broadband divorce - what it means for consumers
29 November 2016
It is one of the most dragged-out divorces in corporate history but it seems that BT and Openreach will definitely go their separate ways. (BBC News)


Broadband not meeting UK consumer expectations
22 November 2016
Most consumers in the UK are unhappy with their broadband connection, according to a new survey. (IT Pro)


Majority think slow broadband sufferers should pay less
16 November 2016
A recent survey of 2000 broadband users said they believe slow broadband puts you at a disadvantage in society. (Broadband Genie)


MP slams rural broadband speeds
10 November 2016
RYEDALE MP Kevin Hollinrake has slammed poor broadband speeds in rural villages in the district. (Gazette & Herald)


Broadband advertising rules to change in 2017
17 November 2016
The way broadband is advertised in the UK is due to change in 2017. (Newsletter)


Rural economy faces “chaos” over digital tax plan
14 November 2016
Farmers and rural businesses have raised concerns over Government plans for tax information to be submitted online. (Cambridge News)


Dartmoor goes digital with superfast broadband
25 November 2016
THE arrival of superfast broadband on Dartmoor has been heralded as a game changer for the region. (Herald Express)


Rural business group attacks broadband bill
2 November 2016
THE urgent need to improve broadband in Scotland must take account of rural needs, say business leaders. (The Oban Times)


Uttlesford given £10million superfast broadband boost
17 November 2016
Thousands of rural homes are set to be boosted by the introduction of high-speed broadband coverage. (Herts & Essex Observer)

Survey shows support for slow broadband discounts
21 November 2016
Most people (62%) believe slow broadband puts them at a disadvantage in society, finds a survey. (Cornish Times)
Broadband Toolkit
The BDUK fund toolkit aims to help bring superfast broadband to your community.

In The CommunityIn 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
The Battling for Broadband campaign from Farmers Weekly includes research on broadband speeds.
Village SOS
Find out how you can help rural communities thrive by making villages more enterprising.

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

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 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 supports efforts to tackle climate change and improve energy efficiency through its range of low carbon and renewable products and services. And from 2016, Calor will be bringing the world’s first wholly-renewable LPG – biopropane – to the British market.

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.

DISCLAIMER:
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.
 
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