Your Covid-19 Lockdown Stories

As stories come in from our survey we’ll put them here, so keep checking back and if you have a story please do the survey and submit your photos/drawings/videos with your account of how having good internet has helped you during lockdown. Thanks all! The survey can be accessed from this link: B4RN survey Gra’s … [Read more…]

B4RN Survey and Competition

B4RN Survey and Competition Please tell us how having B4RN has helped you during ‘lockdown’ We are always being asked why people in rural areas need broadband and why should we get help from the Governemnt to get it. We are also being asked ‘Why has our rural community got their spades out, and planned, … [Read more…]

B4RN Feature In European Broadband Handbook

B4RN features in a dedicated handbook made by the European Commission to help with the rollout of broadband into remote areas. The ‘Broadband Handbook‘ has case studies from the UK and other countries to help rural policy makers and broadband project managers. The 46 page document is intended to be a useful starting point for … [Read more…]

B4RN & Zyxel To Bring Free 10Gb Broadband To 21 Rural Schools

B4RN has partnered with Zyxel to fully equip 21 rural primary schools with even higher speed internet access. Broadband for the Rural North and Zyxel’s partnership will provide the 21 primary schools in Lancashire, South Cumbria and Yorkshire Dales with 10Gb FTTP broadband service at no cost, upgrading them from 1Gb. The partnership will allow … [Read more…]

B4RN Connections Still Being Made During Covid-19

B4RN staff and volunteers are still working to connect new customers during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re classed as key workers by the government and understand and appreciate that broadband services have now become more essential than ever. We’re helping keep communication channels open and active, while allowing households to work from home, order delivery services … [Read more…]

B4RN Helps Drugs Company Counter Covid-19

B4RN’s helped a local pharmaceutical wholesaler* step up their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The supplier has taken on an empty warehouse to cater for extra demand on them caused by coronavirus and help them get urgent goods to the NHS and other medical suppliers. This could only be done if the building got its … [Read more…]

B4RN & Coronavirus

This blog post was first published in March 2020 and updated in September 2020. We have moved our coronavirus information to a dedicated page which can be found by clicking here. We at B4RN, and I am sure that I speak on behalf of all our Volunteers and Champions, hope that you are all managing … [Read more…]

You Can Now Get BT Sport On B4RN

Sports fans, rejoice. Just in time for Christmas, supporters can now watch their teams on BT Sport using any broadband provider, including B4RN. Previously, it was only available bundled with their broadband or other subsciption services. As of December 2019, people can now get their sporting fix using a BT Sport Monthly Pass – it’s … [Read more…]

B4RN AGM – Monday 18th November 2019

B4RN will be holding its Annual General Meeting on 18th November 2019. Notice to the AGM and all relevant documents have been sent out to shareholders. If you have not received these, please contact the office on 01524 555 887 or by email on We hope you will be able to join us as … [Read more…]

B4RN Champions Attend Volunteer Coordinator’s Day

        Dozens of B4RN champions were at our HQ in Melling for our 2nd Volunteer Coordinator’s Day on Friday (9 Aug). The event – for new and existing groups – aims to give volunteers a better understanding of how to plan, install and run fibre broadband networks. Champions shared best practice and … [Read more…]