B4RN is a community owned fibre network offering fibre to every home providing a 1000 megabit (1 gigabit) futureproof full fibre connection for £30 a month.
This is a community-wide, co-operative, and collaborative initiative to do the job once, and do it right.
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 maps on this page show the areas getting connected in the first three phases.
If you are in the first phase, and if you want a connection you really must register very quickly. The second and third phases are already drawing registrations. You may invest whether you live in the area or not, but only those in the 7 planned phases are eligible for connectivity in the future plans. All 7 phases are mapped out in the business plan.
Route walkers are needed for each phase. If you wish to help, please contact us. If you are a landowner in the area you may already have been contacted, but if you haven’t please let us know, or email for a link to the full maps of the proposed routes. Your opinion and expert knowledge of your land is of vital importance. Working together we can choose the best routes. If you are a landowner and don’t wish us to cross your land, we need to know this also, and then we can detour round.
You do not have to buy shares to get a connection, but the more people who invest in this network the faster it will be built. There is no hope for most of us in this area to get ‘superfast’ broadband so we are doing it ourselves. This is not a big company from ‘outside’ doing it, it is us, the people of Lancashire. On the links above and the posts below you will find lots more information. If you want to download the share form or the register for a connection form they are here:
Prospectus: Invitation to subscribe for shares
Share: Share application form B4RN
Please consult with your family, friends and financial advisor.
The latest photos, news and updates appear on our Facebook page on a regular basis, you don’t have to join Facebook to look at them. When we get time we then make pages on the news section of this site. This is all done on a volunteer basis and if you would like to contribute please get in touch! Everyone can make a contribution to the project.