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First B4RN Customers Go Live In The Allen Valleys

After two years’ hard work, Broadband for the Allen Valleys (B4AV) volunteers and B4RN engineers are connecting the first of 1,800 properties to their new full fibre 1Gbps community broadband network. With more than 350km of fibre optic duct laid, the first stage of the community broadband network is switched on. The North of Tyne … [Read more…]

B4RN Begins First Village Installation

B4RN is firing up its village build programme, called “B4RN Village”, to run alongside its traditional rural projects. Halton is the first area to benefit – a network to serve nearly 1,000 properties will be built. Some preparation work and soft-digging began there this week (commencing 20th July). Caton, Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh are among … [Read more…]

B4RN Lockdown Survey Report

B4RN asked our volunteers and customers what broadband had meant for them during Covid-19 lockdown. Thanks to everyone who responded with their personal stories throughout June and into July, we received more than one hundred completed surveys. A snapshot of how our rural communities stayed connected can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here. The … [Read more…]

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…]