Reaching the Hard to Reach: Adamthwaite
March 16th, 2023
The B4RN network reaches rural properties most commercial operators wouldn't consider. If a property wants a connection (and we can get the required permission), we will build it - no matter how remote.
A perfect example of this is a connection to a farm in the Ravenstonedale project - getting Adamthwaite live on gigabit full fibre broadband involved a 2,500 metre dig over hilly terrain.
The first of many customers got B4RN service in Ravenstonedale in December 2022. But, as B4RN has proven repeatedly over the last decade, we don't just cherry pick the easy connections.
Local volunteer, Peter Cotterill, says that's what makes B4RN special: "When I first got involved with B4RN they said they would offer a connection to everyone in our parish. My scepticism is well and truly overcome with B4RN’s mole ploughing to Adamthwaite, right in the hills and at the same cost to the customer – amazing!"
B4RN's Community Engagement and Development Officer, Stan Jenkins, added: “I am delighted that so many people in Ravenstonedale parish are now live on the B4RN network, and we look forward to seeing more added in the coming weeks.
"A massive ‘thank you’ to Peter Cotterill, Andrew Forsythe, Peter Brummitt and many others for their continuous efforts throughout the project stages; working tirelessly to ensure every homeowner is kept up-to-date along with providing advice and helping complete house installations. Without them, the Ravenstonedale project would simply not have happened.
"Also, a big thank you to the landowners – who have given us permission to use their land, and the investors who have helped make the books balance for this project.”
B4RN CEO Michael Lee said: "At B4RN we do things differently. We exist to bring the best internet in the country to the communities that are hardest to reach. We do this by working shoulder to shoulder with those communities, and we do it to deliver enduring benefit to those communities
“They also stand to gain the most from gigabit connectivity. A full fibre network in these rural areas doesn’t just transform how people communicate today, but it can also have a significant and lasting impact on the future they, and their children, see for their communities in an increasingly digital age.”
Below: A satellite image taken from Google Earth. The three dots at the bottom are the farm at Adamthwaite, with 2.5km of ducting laid from the previous connection (the dot towards the top right).
Below: A quick video taken by a Team B4RN staff member giving an idea of the scale of the dig.