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Good News In The Battle For Cumbria And Northumberland

Positive news in B4RN’s ‘Battle for Cumbria and Northumberland’. Following this week’s Parliamentary debate, the government has confirmed measures which will soften the blow of changes to gigabit voucher funding in those two regions under Project Gigabit. It will still be a number of weeks before we know what this means for projects across Cumbria … [Read more…]

Battle For Cumbria & Northumberland Goes To Parliament

A Westminster Hall debate took place in Parliament on Tuesday, to urge ministers to back down over proposals which would stop rural communities in Cumbria and Northumberland getting hyperfast B4RN broadband. It was led by South Lakes MP Tim Farron and can be viewed here. The rules around the Government’s Project Gigabit scheme mean that … [Read more…]

Halton Volunteers Thanked For Bringing B4RN To The Village

Halton has said “thanks” to volunteers who helped bring B4RN’s world-leading broadband to the village. Many people living there now have gigabit full fibre connections – and it wouldn’t have happened without local people giving their time over a number of years. The achievement was marked with a small celebration at Halton Community Centre on … [Read more…]

Holiday Let or Vacant Property. DCMS UPDATE 10.09.2021 – For Landlords only  

DCMS UPDATE 10.09.2021 – For Landlords only   Those with a HOLIDAY LET or Vacant Property (Usually tenanted) ONLY   You can only have more than 1 Get B4RN request – ONLY if the property is a Holiday Let or an empty property.  We have just received notification (after a lot of requesting) for registrations for properties which are Holiday Let or Vacant Property.   If you have already done so please do not do apply again.   When … [Read more…]

Connect+ Launches For Everyone

B4RN has fully launched Connect+ across its gigabit full fibre broadband network. Connect+ is a new way for people to get connected to B4RN’s gigabit full fibre broadband without having to wait for their existing provider’s deal to end. If you’re stuck in a contract that has 12 months or less to run, you can … [Read more…]

Digital Minister Visits B4RN

B4RN welcomed the Digital Minister to Mallerstang as discussions continue over changes to the government’s gigabit voucher scheme in Cumbria and Northumberland, and how these changes will impact B4RNs build programme. Volunteers from those counties met Matt Warman to outline why that funding stream is so vital, with B4RN delivering full fibre gigabit broadband to … [Read more…]

Gigabit Voucher News For Cumbria & Northumberland

Urgent sign ups are needed for B4RN projects in Cumbria and Northumberland after a government decision on gigabit voucher funding. DCMS (the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) has announced it’ll be closing the UK Gigabit Voucher scheme (UKGV, previously RGC or GBVS) in those regions on 24th September. It’s now vital that our … [Read more…]

B4RN’s First Shareholder, Walter Willcox, Retires

Congratulations on your retirement Walter, from all at #teamB4RN. Well done on all your achievements and thank you for your help and inspiration over the years! For those who don’t know, Walter Willcox and his team and volunteers have built their own network in the Surrey Hills and Walter was our very first B4RN shareholder. … [Read more…]

B4RN Nominated For Best Rural ISP Award

B4RN and its army of volunteers have been nominated for an award by ISPA! The Internet Services Providers’ Association has announced its finalists – with B4RN up for the “Best Rural ISP” prize. We’re among 33 finalists across 12 categories – but one shortlist has yet to be announced for the Internet Hero, which we … [Read more…]

Caton’s ‘B4RN Village’ Build Begins

People living in Caton Village will soon be able to enjoy gigabit broadband, thanks to local volunteers and B4RN. The third project for B4RN’s village build programme, called ‘B4RN Village’, has started! Caton Village is the latest area to benefit – a gigabit network to serve nearly a thousand properties will be built. This has … [Read more…]