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Allen Valleys Church Embraces Online Worship With B4RN

A newly connected church in the Allen Valleys now plans to live stream all its services, thanks to B4RN. Holy Trinity in Whitfield got its gigabit symmetrical connection in March thanks to the hard work of local volunteers with B4AV. Like dozens of other places of worship throughout the B4RN network, Holy Trinity will receive … [Read more…]

B4RN To Access Project Gigabit Funding

B4RN is working with national and local government to make sure the best funding is available for our projects, following the announcement of Project Gigabit. The government’s outlined how £1.25bn of an eventual £5bn pot will be spent, with the aim of delivering gigabit-capable infrastructure to 85% of the country by 2025. Funding will be … [Read more…]

Milestone For B4NTR As B4RN Cabinet Lands In The Northeast

“All I want for Christmas (2021) is B4RN Broadband – would make ‘Staying at Home’ so much more bearable” – Dick, future B4RN customer. Communities in North Tyne and Redesdale can look forward to receiving B4RN’s gigabit broadband. With the help of a small team of local volunteers (B4NTR), a civil engineering team from B4RN … [Read more…]

Teacher Grateful For Having B4RN During Lockdown

A teacher has told us how her B4RN connection has made life a little less stressful during lockdown. Most children have had to do home schooling for long stretches over the last year due to coronavirus restrictions. Steph Williams – a teacher at Settlebeck High School – has been doing live lessons from her home … [Read more…]

B4RN Volunteer Gina Stars In DCMS Case Study

Long time B4RN volunteer, Gina Barney, is the subject of a DCMS case study. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has highlighted her as an “inspirational community broadband champion.” You can read the article here, while Gina tells us in her own words below what it’s like to volunteer for B4RN. “What I … [Read more…]

Halton Church Gets Free B4RN Service

A church in Halton has been singing the praises of B4RN. St. Wilfrid’s was connected earlier in February as part of the ‘B4RN Village’ project, which is well underway there. The church is receiving a free service, like all places of worship on the B4RN gigabit broadband network. St. Wilfrid’s Church Warden, Melissa Bowring, emailed … [Read more…]

B4RN Highlighted By International Tech Company

The work of B4RN is recognised by one of our suppliers – Sumitomo – in their latest company e-magazine. The latest issue of iD features some great photos of B4RN’s work with the Japanese firm’s splicers, both out in the field and in people’s homes. They include a shot of recently retired B4RN stalwart, Bruce … [Read more…]

B4RN Reach The Centre Of Great Britain

The hardy volunteers of Dunsop Bridge have helped B4RN reach the centre of Great Britain! National Grid reference SD 63770 56550 is famed for being the exact centre of GB and its 401 associated isles. Volunteers were there in early February, learning how to handle, cut, label and end cap 7mm ducting. Once prepped in … [Read more…]

Inch Perfect B4RN Connection For Bike Store

Inch Perfect Trials at Whitewell is revving up its business thanks to B4RN’s gigabit broadband. The trials bike store, connected as part of the Dunsop Bridge project, now has a reliable full-fibre connection. It means the business can really get a handle on its online sales – a crucial development during the shop’s Covid-enforced closures. … [Read more…]