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November 29th, 2011
Author: Chris Conder
Tags: b4rn community ftth help jfdi jobs register volunteers
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Go the extra mile. Because we are worth IT. Ask yourself what can I do……? Everyone in this community has a role to play and you would be surprised at the skills we require to progress each stage of this project. Even making tea for the fibre ploughing drivers will be welcome once we reach that stage. After all, it will be one of your neighbours driving!

The easiest job that all of us can do is to talk to our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues about the project. For those without easy access to the Internet (a problem B4RN intends to solve!), you can help to share the information and to answer any questions they may have which can be found here on this website. Or ask them to contact the team at info@b4rn.org.uk

If there are questions you have which need answering, please do not hesitate to ask. Others may have the same question too. There are many answers hereFAQ’s

Landowners & Farmers

A dramatic reduction of costs can be achieved by installing small plastic ducts and fibre over farmland, and engaging the community in doing so. We have 250,000 metres to bury in and you can help to construct the network – full training will be provided if required and payment will be made in shares or wages.

Our research locally shows that the vast majority of landowners we have spoken to are willing to grant free easements to allow the installation of the network across land, rather than using the far more expensive option of the highways.

Job Opportunities

There will be both voluntary and paid work. We will give preference to local people prepared to take shares in B4RN of an equivalent value to the work done rather than wages during the first 12 months. Only as a last resort will we bring in effort from outside; we really do want to upskill our community, provide employment and keep shareholder’s money within Bowland. Once the network is operational, we will move to a regular payment model.

We will need stone wallers to take down and then replace gaps in walls through which we can route the ducts. There will be a need to train up at least four members with an industry standard City and Guilds qualification in fibre install and fusion splicing. We will need people to help with clerical and administrative duties and, of course, technical support.

B4RN Business Plan

We urge you to read the business plan so that you are comfortable with the arrangements. For those wishing to support the project by subscribing to a service, or by helping build the network, the business plan should include all the information you will need to convince you that B4RN is a fantastic route to achieving next generation connectivity.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

What to do now?

Fill in the form, indicate your skills, whether you will be interested in shares and/or a service, and when you sign up we will send you the newsletter so you can hear how you can help promote the project. Every little helps! Click here to fill in the registration form

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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.

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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!
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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.
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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.
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