The Specialist Rural Network consists of 24 centres based in rural areas of the UK. Poor connectivity, high levels of digital exclusion and limited transport links can mean that individuals and businesses in rural areas face very specific challenges in trying to overcome digital exclusion.

Specialist rural centres advise on how to tackle these challenges, improving access and developing skills in the rural population.

Only 21% of rural households have superfast-broadband availability compared to 86% of urban households

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