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June 17th, 2015
Author: Chris Conder
Tags: b4rn community digitalbritain ftth innovation jfdi radio Lancashire ruralbroadband volunteers
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The Traddock, Austwick

Fastest Hotel Broadband in the Uk


A couple move into a B4RN village

Ruth and John‘s story, about how they moved in and became an instant part of a community.


The WI at Tatham Old School livestream from the Royal Albert Hall!



Bringing a bazooka to the B4RN dance. The story of a young family moving into the area in 2015.



Livestreaming a funeral to Australia!
Here is a brief resume of what was achieved at St John’s church using B4RN:-

St John’s Church , Yealand made use of its newly installed B4RN to stream a funeral service live to Australia. Family members living in Sydney were unable to come to the UK  to attend the funeral. Instead, courtesy of an iPhone 6 and Face Time, they were able to view the entire service live from their living room. They commented that ” it went incredibly well and it was really lovely to see – very special”. The church would like to be able to offer the ability to stream services such as weddings and funerals routinely and intends to investigate methods of broadcasting simultaneously to multiple viewers.

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Sent from my iPad


A message from a new customer: 

Dear all,

Just to add one more voice to the recent wave of (rightfully and well-earned) praise, I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of B4RN, and have helped us – here in the duo of Chapel Gardens houses – get connected to some of the fastest internet in the world.
It’s magnificent, and I feel very proud to be part of such a brilliant community. Plus, I can finally search for new music rather than listen to the wireless, read and watch the news instantly rather than relying on the Grapevine, and even watch videos of cats doing funny things, rather than finding their stools in the garden.
I also must apologise for being able to help out only a couple of times so far – it’s feeble and pathetic; however, whenever a free weekend matches a B4RN weekend, I shall be there.
Thanks again.
Kind regards,
Peter Adams


Another message from a new customer:


 As you may all know, I moved house 4 years ago and have been making / working in clay in my hall way whilst I had a new studio built.  At the same time, I got involved with a local group of volunteers who decided to provide the country community with world class broadband. It has taken us 3 years in my village to dig and lay the optical fibres but now we have an upload and download speed of 1000 and more if needed.  It is fantastic and although I had to put my work on hold slightly, it has certainly been worthwhile. Not only do we have the world’s fastest internet but the profit from the system is going to be put back into the community. One would think that you can’t challenge BT and dig your own internet fibre optics in, but you can, and B4RN will help if you want to do a similar thing where you live.
This is a film which has been made by professionals to show everyone that it can be done. It was shown at Cannes this year. I am in the film, where the sound tract becomes sloshy !!! I have come across some nice clay in the last 3 years of digging!!!!
I would like to now tell you that my studio is complete and I will be full time making again very soon. I did very well in my hallway, contained the obsession, but I cant tell you how fantastic it is to work in my new studio.
I intend filming myself at work and uploading it. If any fellow makers are doing the same thing, or would like to use my facilities to do as such, let me know.
many thanks for reading this and please forward the link to anyone who you think would be interested in doing their own broadband in their community. Many thanks to B4RN.
Liz Collinson

Home business and cost savings:

Case study for B4RN by Steve Thorns

Small family business with the fastest internet on the Planet


Home user, The difference it’s made to me

Gavin And Belinda Second Nature Smallban

Stories from out in the field from our very happy customers

One residential customer in Over Kellet used to know whether it was worth firing up her computer by looking out of her front window to see what the weather was doing with her telephone line.

Customer Testimonial

We juggle two jobs from home, and it’s just been a game-changer. Just sign up! It’s the best internet service I’ve ever received, and I’ve moved a thousand times!
Georgiana, Dentdale
It has allowed us to improve our farm business through the implementation of Wi-Fi heat detection ankle bands on our herd, and thus improving our business productivity.
Heather Whalley, Farmer
OMG it is amazing! I don’t want to go back to London, which was faster than here, but not now! Just to say a BIG THANK YOU to all you guys, what a great thing you are doing. I’m shocked not everyone is signing up!
Customer in Norfolk
After lambing 1300 ewes a good film is what I want to watch and because we have B4RN that is no problem. Just enables me and my family to get on.
Farmer (Anonymous)
It’s like going from a Ford Anglia to a jet engine!
Jackie Frankland, Rathmell

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