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Norfolk Businesses Delighted To Be on B4RN

Two business owners in Norfolk have told us about life on B4RN, having recently gone live on our gigabit full fibre network. Our volunteer trainer Jorj checked in with them. First, we’ve got Helen from Weddell and Turner – a small business specialising in gluten and dairy free cakes and treats. Helen and Dudley worked … [Read more…]

B4RN CEO Barry Forde To Retire

The founder and Chief Executive of Broadband for the Rural North, Barry Forde, is retiring at the end of the year. Barry leaves B4RN in a successful and robust position. He has been the driving force behind the growth of B4RN from day one, leading with passion and determination and always keeping his finger on … [Read more…]

The Boot On The Other Foot For B4RN’s Jorj

To our volunteers, Jorj Haston is a familiar face. She usually doles out the spade awards to them but recently got a taste of her own medicine. A personalised spade was made and presented to her by Barry, a champion in Heversham, during a short, socially distanced break. It’s in recognition of all the help … [Read more…]

Burston Cabinet Goes Live On B4RN

People living and working in two East Anglia villages are now live on B4RN’s gigabit broadband network. Customers in Burston and Shimpling can enjoy a symmetrical 1Gbps full fibre connection. The local cabinet, in Burston, went ‘live’ on Friday (30th October). It wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of local volunteers, who’ve been especially … [Read more…]

B4RN CEO Becomes Our First 10Gbps Customer

B4RN’s CEO, Barry Forde, has signed up as the company’s first customer for our 10Gbps service. The first live speedtest produced results of 8341Mbps download speed and 6644Mbps upload speed*. The 10Gbps service was launched earlier this year – the reality is very few people can take full advantage of those dizzy heights (due to … [Read more…]

B4RN Village Make First Connections In Halton

B4RN’s village build programme has made its first connections in Halton. “B4RN Village” runs alongside our traditional rural projects – the Halton network will serve c1,000 properties. Work by our contractor, alongside volunteers, began in July and within months the first customers are ready for their 1Gbps full fibre service. Local volunteer Robert Thompson said: … [Read more…]

Heversham Goes Live On B4RN

Another Cumbrian village now has broadband speeds which compete with the fastest networks in the world, thanks to local volunteers with the help of B4RN. Heversham went ‘live’ today (Wednesday 30th September), with the first 44 new customers joining B4RN’s 1Gbps symmetrical full fibre service. Property connections were made over the last few days, with … [Read more…]

Bruce Alexander Retires From B4RN

B4RN stalwart Bruce Alexander retired from B4RN today (Friday 25th September). This small video’s been put together to say thanks and congratulations on all his hard work down the years. We all wish him well for a happy retirement. Love from all at #TeamB4RN xxx

Your Lockdown Stories: Competition Winners Announced

A family from Brookhouse who shared what having B4RN meant for them during Covid-19 lockdown has won an Amazon Alexa, donated by B4RN’s volunteer computer club. It wasn’t easy to decide who would receive it (you can read all the stories by clicking here) but congratulations¬†to the Humphreys! You can watch their video submission below, … [Read more…]