Volunteers on the frontline in Sedbergh trying to get urgent sign-ups

We’ve been calling up our B4RN troops to help ease changes to gigabit vouchers in Cumbria and Northumberland.

Under government plans, projects in those counties were to lose access to that funding after 24th September 2021.

B4RN has been fighting these changes and, with your help, DCMS has listened! We’ll know more in the coming weeks.

Update from CEO Michael Lee – 6th October 2021

A fortnight after changing the government’s policy, B4RN CEO Michael Lee recorded this message explaining an update for those in Cumbria and Northumberland is expected soon:

YOU helped us do it!

We asked the B4RN army to mobilise in Cumbria and Northumberland and write to their local MP. You did so in significant numbers! Thank you!

Battle for B4RN Commander in Chief (well, our CEO), Michael Lee, said: “What really helped were the personal stories. What really helped them understand was each individual constituent outlining the implications some of these decisions will mean to them.

“It really helped them shape their arguments and really helped them understand the extent of this problem. Thank you for taking the time to write personally to let them know what this decision will mean to you.”

The projects listed at the bottom of this article are affected by government plans for ‘regional suppliers’ under Project Gigabit – B4RN has won concessions to get these plans changed before they were finalised. B4RN CEO Michael Lee will contact the projects individually in the coming weeks, explaining what will happen.


Affected Projects:

Projects in build

  • Allendale Town
  • Burton-in-Kendal
  • Catton
  • Crosthwaite
  • Firbank
  • Heversham
  • Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Levens
  • Preston Richard
  • Selside
  • Storth
  • Whitfield
  • Witherslack

Projects in advanced planning

  • Barrasford
  • Brough
  • Brough Sowerby
  • Cartmel Fell
  • Crook
  • Grayrigg
  • Kirkoswald
  • Nateby
  • Ravenstonedale
  • Sedbergh
  • Spartylea
  • Strickland Ketel

Projects in planning

  • Ackenthwaite
  • Broughton in Furness
  • Great Langdale
  • Calthwaite
  • Garrigill
  • Great Salkeld
  • Hawkshead
  • Holme
  • Hugill & Kentmere
  • Kirkby Ireleth
  • Kirkwhelpington
  • Lazonby
  • Lowick
  • Melmerby
  • Mungrisedale
  • Nenthead
  • Rusland Valley
  • Sawrey
  • Skelton
  • Skelwith Bridge
  • Stainmore
  • Troutbeck
  • Wallington Demesne
  • Woodburn