Only 80% of rural households in the UK have standard broadband availability compared to 98% of urban households.

Only 21% of rural households in the UK have superfast broadband availability compared to 86% of urban households.

On average people living in the most rural areas travelled 45% further per year than those in England as a whole and 53% further than those living in urban areas.

In 2009 42% of households in the most rural areas had a regular bus service close by compared to 96% of urban households.

These statistics, which highlight the lower levels of internet usage, access and broadband availability in rural areas, confirm rurality as a major contributing factor to digital exclusion. The Specialist Rural Network was created in response to a growing challenge in the more rural areas of the UK.

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Poor connectivity, high levels of digital exclusion and a population spread across a wide geographical area (often with limited transport links) means that  UK online centres in rural areas face very specific challenges in trying to overcome digital exclusion.

Working with the experience and knowledge of our network, the Tinder Foundation team are working hard to find solutions to these problems, and ensure that people across the UK can access help and support with digital skills, no matter where they live.

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