This is a community-wide, co-operative, and collaborative initiative to do the job once, and do it correctly without costly stop gap solutions in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Forest of Bowland and the Lune Valley.
The Forest of Bowland AONB helped us launch this project, and we are very grateful for their support. We are also proud to have Emtelle, Geo, Vitesse and Fujikura amongst our partners/suppliers and working together we are building a network of people, businesses and futureproof infrastructure.
Being a “community benefit society” means that the assets are locked down and cannot be sold off to an outside interest in the way that a conventional company’s could. This means that the time, effort and money that this community will invest to get high quality broadband will be preserved for the benefit of the community and the future generations, not purely to make profits for the shareholders.
The current task is route mapping. If you want to join in please contact us and we will put you in touch with your local group. There is a short video from the Quernmore meeting here: video
How you can help B4RN
By this approach we can use the many skills available in this area to succeed. Every person can play their part, whether it is digging trenches, administration, marketing, technical support, being trained to blow and splice fibre optics, or even making tea and cakes for the workers – working together we can make all the difference.
Not only can you register an interest in subscribing to the service, or to buy shares, or sponsor a metre of duct from £5, but you can also get involved, hands on, either as a volunteer or as a member of staff when we get to that stage. (See Timeline for details of the proposed project schedule).
The shares are now available to buy, Click here to visit the shares page
- in our launch presentation (video)
- The B4RN Business Plan
- Our prospectus – the share offer document Invitation to subscribe for shares
- and in the FAQ and Links on this site
To register for a service please fill in the Registration form click here A 1000 megabit futureproof fibre to the home connection costs £30 a month, with £150 connection fee.
Investing in shares is always a risky business.