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Fury as BT charges rural families £5,000 just to connect to the internet as they are too far from telephone exchanges

Similar: BT faces new rural broadband challenge as officials mull market shake-up

UK rural Internet:

1.2 million people do not have access to superfast broadband, or no internet access at all. Most people affected in rural locations are farmers. The NFU has published a report called Farm Broadband Mobile Networks, which details the effects on poor internet access on farm businesses. …
Muted welcome for Openreach plans to extend ultrafast fibre broadband to three million more homes

From the National Farmers’ Union


Government must back rural broadband

Farms still missing out on mobile and broadband services

BT customer service phone numbers for BT broadband questions:

From a landline: 0800 800 150

From abroad: +44 179 359 6931

BT service status | Find a BT hotspot | Improve your wi-fi with BT – a checklist

The Impact of High-Speed Broadband for Communities

Blast from the past:

Most important of all links (so far found) seems to be this page first published in 2014 and updated in January of 2017:  Broadband State Aid Advice

Better value rural broadband (2011)

Rural broadband fund third round launched (2013)

An introduction to the new Common Agricultural Policy schemes in England (PDF from 2014)

Farmers are using the internet more than ever, study shows (2015)

Farming industry must embrace the Internet of Things (2015)

Rural households struggle to receive good internet connection, report says (2015)

Help our rural broadband research – Ofcom (2016)

BT told to split from Openreach by Ofcom (2016)

How is the rural versus urban broadband divide looking? (2017)


Investment of £67m announced for faster internet connectivity

A) Church spires to help boost rural internet connectivity

B) Church spires to boost digital connectivity in rural areas

Virgin Media expands fibre network to rural areas

Internet service provider collaboration: the key to UK’s digital future?

U.K. government picks six 5G pilots as part of national strategy

Digital for rural areas worth up to £26bn to UK economy

Unlocking rural digital potential could add up to £26.4bn to UK economy

Are regional franchises for full fibre on the way?

In detail:

Fibre Broadband (FTTC / FTTH) Guide

UK Broadband Coverage + Speeds

Mapping Ofcom’s data in the UK

UK Fails to Enter 2018 FTTH Ultrafast Broadband Country Ranking

Frequently asked questions from

Details of the plan to achieve a transformation in broadband in the UK


Statement from NFU:

“(…) The NFU calls on the government to keep its commitment to make the UK the best connected country in the world, by ensuring that there is the necessary targeted funding and a positive regulatory framework to support the accelerated roll out of universal superfast broadband and a reliable mobile phone network. We need a system designed to actually address the rural market and boost competition to access the final 5%. We ask the telecommunications industry to get positively involved. We want a competitive digital rural market for our members and their rural communities. (…) ” Source & see more in PDF: SPOTLIGHT ON farm broadband & mobile networks

Also of interest: BROADBAND IN THE EU (PDF) Audit from 2017

And: this page by the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The following is a list of suppliers (from who may be able to provide improved broadband connectivity for individual premises or local communities. Alternate review:

Supplier Technology Coverage
4G & Satellite Internet Satellite / 4G England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
6G Internet Fixed Wireless Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside
AirBroadband Fixed Wireless Norfolk and Suffolk
Airfast Fixed Wireless Kent
Airfibre (Fixed Wireless) Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Alncom Fixed Wireless Northumberland
APC Solutions Fixed Wireless Leicestershire
ASG Group Fixed Wireless East Midlands
Avonline broadband Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
B4B Telecoms Fixed Wireless / 4G Northern Ireland
B4RN FTTH North Lancs, South Cumbria, North Yorkshire
Badenoch Broadband Fixed Wireless Highlands of Scotland
Bay Broadband Fixed Wireless North Yorkshire
Beacon Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Bentley Walker Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Beeline Fixed Wireless North Yorkshire
Big Blue Rocket Fixed Wireless Derbyshire, Nottingham
Blaze Wireless Fixed Wireless East / West Sussex
BlueBox Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Boundless Fixed Wireless Lancashire, North & West Yorkshire
Briskona Fixed Wireless Scotland
[BroadbandShack]( 4G England and Scotland
Broadband Wherever Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Broadway Partners Fixed Wireless Scotland
BT Community Partnerships FTTH England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Bush Broadband Fixed Wireless Devon, Somerset
Call Flow Fixed Wireless Hampshire, Kent, Dorset
Call27 FTTC Newcastle, Northumberland, Durham
CiBL Fixed Wireless Lancashire (Barley)
CloudNet Solutions Fixed Wireless Orkney, Highlands and Islands
Corsat 4G Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire , Northampton, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wales, Wiltshire, Worcestershire
Cotswold Electricians Ltd Satellite England
Countryside Broadband Fixed Wireless Oxfordshire
County Broadband Fixed Wireless Essex, Suffolk
Cromarty Firth Fixed Wireless Scotland
Daneco Fixed Wireless Northumberland
Derbyshire Broadband Fixed Wireless Derbyshire
Digital Unity Fixed Wireless England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Digiweb Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Edge Networks Fixed Wireless Gloucestershire
Ereplica 4G Dorset and Hampshire
Europasat Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Exstream Networks Fixed Wireless Cheshire
Fibre Options Fixed Wireless Hertfordshire
Fibre WiFi Fixed Wireless Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire
FibreCast Fixed Wireless Scotland
FramBroadband Fixed Wireless Suffolk
Gigabeam Fixed Wireless Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, East & West Sussex and Kent
GreenGrass Broadband Fixed Wireless Wiltshire
Herefordshire Community Network FTTH Herefordshire
Highland Community Broadband Fixed Wireless Highlands of Scotland
Hightec Solutions Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Husky Networks Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Ibub Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
IDNET Fixed Wireless Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire
Internet Central Fixed Wireless Staffordshire
InTouch Systems Fixed Wireless Norfolk, Suffolk
ITS Technologies Fixed Wireless Cheshire
JHCS Broadband Fixed Wireless Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
Juice Broadband Fixed Wireless Dorset
Kaldien Networks Fixed Wireless Cheltenham & Gloucester
KAT Communications 4G South Yorkshire
Kencomp Fixed Wireless Cumbria
Lincolnshire Satellite Broadband Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
LonsdaleNET Fixed Wireless Cumbria
Lothian Broadband Fixed Wireless South Scotland
Marykirk Community Broadband Fixed Wireless Dundee and Aberdeenshire
Millenium Telecoms Fixed Wireless Leicestershire
Morion Broadband Fixed Wireless North East Dorset, South West Wiltshire, North West Hampshire
Net1 Limited Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
NextGenAccess Fixed Wireless Nottinghamshire
Northsat Ltd 4G Highlands of Scotland
NotSpot Broadband 4G & Satellite England, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Pine Media Fixed Wireless South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, East Riding, Hampshire, Kent, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sheffield
Prime Satellite Broadband Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Primetech Satellite England
[Progressive Living]( Satellite Essex, Suffolk
Quickline Fixed Wireless, Satellite Lincolnshire, East Riding, North Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Cumbria, South Yorkshire
RADE Fixed Wireless Suffolk
SAS UK Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Save9 Networks Fixed Wireless North Yorkshire
ScotNet Fixed Wireless Scotland
Server House Fixed Wireless Hampshire
[Signa Technologies] ( Fixed Wireless East Riding, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
Sim Rush 4G England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Sky Way Satellite Hereford, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and West Midlands
SOC Communications Satellite England
Solway Communications Fixed Wireless North Cumbria
Sonning IT Services Fixed Wireless Wyre, Lancashire
South West Internet Fixed Wireless Dorset
South West Mobile Broadband Fixed Wireless Cornwall, Devon & Somerset, Dorset
South West Satellite Solutions Satellite Highlands of Scotland, Rest of Scotland
SugarNet Fixed Wireless Warwickshire
Superhero Broadband Fixed Wireless Suffolk
SWS Fixed Wireless Shropshire, Telford
Symmetris Fixed Wireless Norfolk
Technology Clinic Ltd Fixed Wireless Coventry, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire
TxRx Communications Fixed Wireless Hampshire
UltraNetworks Fixed Wireless Scotland
Unify Networks Fixed Wireless Preston, Lancashire
Upper Bridge Enterprises Fixed Wireless Hereford, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Shropshire
Userve Fixed Wireless Shropshire, Telford
Vfast Fixed Wireless Kent
Village Networks Fixed Wireless Bucks and Herts
Vispa Fixed Wireless Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside
Voip Unlimited Fixed Wireless Dorset, West/East Sussex
Voneus Fixed Wireless Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire
W3Z Fixed Wireless East Midlands
Wessex Internet Fixed Wireless Dorset, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Hampshire
Wifi Bill Fixed Wireless Wiltshire
Wildcard Networks Fixed Wireless Newcastle, Northumberland, Durham
Wight Wireless Fixed Wireless Devon, Somerset, Hamsphire
WiSpire Fixed Wireless / Satellite Norfolk
Wispra Fixed Wireless / Satellite Scotland
Wurzel Fixed Wireless Oxfordshire
YoNET Fixed Wireless / Satellite England

List slightly adapted by Ardan Michael Blum. Source:


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