B4RN is all about community, and we need community support in every area we expand into. This comes in the form of investors, local volunteers and supportive landowners. Communities have so much to gain; not only faster broadband for families, schools and businesses but also a provider that cares about service to its customers and uses all its profits to help other communities get connected!
PROFITS FOR THE COMMUNITY
B4RN is a non-profit Community Benefit Society. Any profit it makes can only be distributed to the community. B4RN is forecast to make profit in a few years’ time, and the directors are actively considering how this might best be managed.
JOBS FOR THE COMMUNITY
In recent decades rural areas have suffered from a reduced number of job opportunities, but reliable high speed internet gives businesses and homeworkers in our communities an advantage. We love the idea that this can lead to more job opportunities so young people don’t have to move away! More young families mean better support for local schools, post offices, village shops… altogether a more sustainable community.
Although B4RN was founded wholly by volunteers in its first years, to ensure we retain long term knowledge, professionalism and stability we now employ our core technical and office staff. These are local jobs largely taken by local people who have already proved their ability and commitment. As B4RN grows, we intend to create more jobs throughout the B4RN area.
SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, VILLAGE HALLS
Places of worship are all offered a basic B4RN service for free. Small village schools will also, usually, receive service for free. Village Halls also benefit when they volunteer to host one of our cabinets, for which they receive free service forever!