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Computer Club At The Digi Leaders 100 Awards

B4RN was very proud to attend the Digital Leader Awards at the Shard in London. Although the volunteer-run Computer Club didn’t win the Craig MacDonald Memorial Prize, we would like to thank all the people who voted for us, and we made the final three! The ‘computer’ Club was started in 2005, and was instrumental … [Read more…]

B4RN Wins Awards Double!

B4RN has won two major industry awards! We were named ‘Best Community Project’ at the INCA Gold Awards before winning ‘Best Rural ISP’ at the ISPA Awards. It was a whirlwind 48 hours for B4RN, claiming the INCA prize during a dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday last week (3rd November), before picking … [Read more…]

Artist Captures Kirkoswald B4RN Project

The Kirkoswald Project now has an “Artist in Residence” capturing the beginning of the volunteers’ B4RN build. Irene Sanderson – who’s based in the Eden Valley – has already done a number of sketches. She said: “Thank you for allowing me to be there! Very Exciting! “What an honour to be an Artist in Residence! … [Read more…]

Caton Customers Happy To Be Live On B4RN

We went out and about recently to meet dozens of new customers as they went live on B4RN in Caton. Volunteers and staff have been busy installing routers, the final stage in getting people connected. The village’s Victoria Institute now has B4RN. Peter Collins, from the Institute, said: “Because of the capacity of B4RN we’ll … [Read more…]

Positive News Coming For Cumbria And Northumberland

B4RN is expecting an update from DCMS soon which will mean projects in parts of Cumbria and Northumberland can go ahead. It’s a fortnight since B4RN – backed by volunteers, our communities and local MPs – secured 11th hour changes to plans to pause voucher funding in those counties under Project Gigabit. The introduction of … [Read more…]

Crosthwaite School Celebrates 10Gbps B4RN Connection

Crosthwaite Primary School has officially marked joining B4RN’s full fibre broadband network. Local volunteers, South Lakes MP Tim Farron and B4RN CEO Michael Lee all dropped in on Year 6 pupils (who were all busy online using their laptops!) on Wednesday morning. The school gets its 10Gbps service for no charge, joining dozens of other … [Read more…]

B4RN Volunteer Days Return To Melling After 18 Months

The first in-person Volunteer Coordinators’ Day for 18 months has been held at B4RN’s Melling HQ. Numbers were limited due to coronavirus, but volunteers from groups across our patch turned out on Saturday. They learned skills and shared best practice in planning, installing and running a fibre broadband network. Sessions were run on: Duct mapping; … [Read more…]

Caton Goes Live On B4RN

Caton’s gigabit full fibre broadband network has gone live! Villagers can now enjoy B4RN thanks to years of work by local volunteers and the more recent arrival of the ‘B4RN Village’ contractors. The local cabinet went ‘live’ on Friday morning, with the lights coming on connected customers’ routers. This is the culmination of four year’s … [Read more…]

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…]