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Rural Vulnerability Service

RURAL BROADBAND - NOVEMBER 2014

Better 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.

The topic has rarely been bigger or more pressing.

Latest updates:

MPs launch rural broadband inquiry
3 November 2014
AN influential group of MPs has launched an inquiry into rural broadband coverage. (RSN Online)

Campaigners: Broadband inquiry is 'step in right direction'
4 November 2014

Campaigners for better rural broadband have welcomed a Commons select committee inquiry into the issue
. (Cable.co.uk)

Interview: Chris Townsend, chief executive of BDUK
18 November 2014
Chris Townsend talks about the solutions needed to boost rural coverage and whether customers are actually subscribing to fibre broadband
. (Cable.co.uk)

Church tower project provides rural broadband boost
24 October 2014
A rural broadband provider is taking internet access to new heights by using church towers to connect a network of Suffolk villages
. (EADT24)

Rural broadband rollout gathering pace
14 November 2014
The government's rollout of rural broadband is gathering pace, says the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. (Fibrebroadband.co.uk)

Government position on rural broadband is 'nonsense'
6 November 2014
The government has got itself into a 'funny little trap' of thinking BT is the only problem to rural internet problems, a broadband boss has warned
. (Cable.co.uk)

Small providers offer 'best bang' for public sector buck
24 October 2014
Independent broadband network providers are united by an aim to enhance the UK's infrastructure, the head of a cooperative association has said
. (Cable.co.uk)

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

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 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.
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