Rural Vulnerability Service

Rural Vulnerability Service

RURAL BROADBAND – AUGUST 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. transport faces many threats – ranging from fuel costs through to the lack of public and community transport in many areas.

The topic has rarely been bigger or more pressing.

Latest updates:Rural broadband provider gets boost from PM
15 August 2014
Rural broadband provided Gigaclear receives a boost from the Prime Minister at the launch of its superfast broadband network in Oxfordshire. (The Telegraph)Villages take broadband battle into their own hands
20 August 2014
Three villages are taking the rural broadband battle into their own hands by raising the £200,000 cost of faster connections themselves. (Westmorland Gazette)Cambs homes and businesses secure faster broadband
8 August 2014
High-speed fibre broadband is available to 30,000 premises in rural Cambridgeshire after right roadside cabinets go live. (Cambridge News)

Rural broadband frustrations in Penistone
30 July 2014
Residents and businesses in the market town of Peniston have been left frustrated by their lack of an adequate internet connection. (Broadband Choice)

Rural businesses left out of broadband scheme
20 August 2014
Rural enterprises have been left out of a government grant scheme which aims to improve broadband for small businesses. (Farmers Weekly)

Rural areas to benefit from superfast broadband
22 July 2014
Villages in Hampshire will be the latest to benefit from a superfast broadband programme. (Basingstoke Gazette)

Vodafone offers 3G boost in rural areas
22 July 2014
Vodafone UK is giving 100 rural communities the opportunity to boost their 3G signal by applying for its Sure Signal technology. (The Telegraph)

Broadband Toolkit
The BDUK fund toolkit aims to help bring superfast broadband to your 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
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.
For UK National Statistics on rural broadband, click here.
For reports & publications on rural broadband, click here.
RSN Broadband News
> £10m rural broadband fund
> Plan to boost mobile coverage
> Call for rural broadband review
> MPs slam deal on broadband
> Labour in broadband pledge
> Village first for rural broadbandRural Broadband Analysis
> A growing digital divide
> Mobile broadband set to rise
> Inside the digital divide
> Totally wired: rural broadbandGovernment announcements
> Rural Broadband Programme
> Rural fund deadline extended
> Broadband progress report
> Mobile coverage in rural areas

Latest reports and statistics
> Broadband speed analysis
> Rural broadband seminar
> Britain’s slowest broadband

Links to useful organisations:> Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN)
> Broadband Delivery UK
> Rural Broadband Partnership
> Rural Community Broadband Fund
> Department for Culture, Media and Sport
> Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA)

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