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Awards Tour: Caton Village

We’ve been to Caton Village for the 21st stop of the Awards Tour. The INCA and ISPA trophies – won last year – are being take to the communities and volunteers whose hard work has seen the B4RN full fibre broadband network grow over the last decade. Four volunteers met at Caton’s Village Institute for … [Read more…]

Memorial Celebrates Life Of Walter Willcox

A memorial has taken place for stalwart B4RN advocate and volunteer, Walter Willcox, who was our first shareholder. Walter was a significant supporter of B4RN in the early years and that support continued right through to his retirement in 2021. He had a passion and commitment to bring full fibre broadband to the most remote … [Read more…]

Awards Tour: Levens

We’re up to stop 20 on the B4RN Awards Tour – visiting the South Lakes and the Levens B4RN project. The INCA and ISPA trophies – won last year – were present as the local group recently celebrated passing 300 connections! With that remarkable achievement, the group disbanded – but not before catching up with … [Read more…]

Awards Tour: Ingleton

The B4RN Awards Tour rolls on to stop 19, this time in Ingleton. We’re taking the INCA and ISPA trophies – won last year – to the communities and champions who’ve dug in the B4RN network for the last decade. Four volunteers gathered with Ingleton Viaduct as a dramatic backdrop to be pictured with the … [Read more…]

B4RN Announces New Service Charges

B4RN has introduced new service charges for its customers to meet the high and rising cost of providing its gigabit full fibre broadband service. The key changes are: The standard residential service charge is being increased for the first time ever, from £30 to £33 a month. B4RN is introducing a Social Tariff of £15 … [Read more…]

Awards Tour: Mansergh

Mansergh is stop 18 for the B4RN Awards Tour! This Cumbrian project also took in places including Kearstwick, Lupton and Rigmaden. We’re taking the INCA and ISPA trophies – won last year – out to the volunteers and communities who’ve worked so hard over the last decade to build the B4RN gigabit full fibre broadband … [Read more…]

Chancellor Visits Remote B4RN Project

Chancellor Rishi Sunak visited a remote B4RN project and paid tribute to volunteers who brought gigabit full fibre broadband there. The MP for Richmond (Yorks) also talked about Project Gigabit in Cotterdale. He learned from CEO Michael Lee and COO Tom Rigg how gigabit voucher funding is helping B4RN level up the connectivity of previously … [Read more…]

Awards Tour: Hutton Roof

We’re up to stop 17 on the Awards Tour, this time to Hutton Roof! The INCA and ISPA trophies were won last year, and they’re going round to the volunteers and communities who’ve worked so hard to make the B4RN gigabit full fibre broadband network a reality. Nine ex-B4RNstormers turned out at the Village Hall … [Read more…]

DCMS Secretary of State Visits B4RN

Secretary of State for DCMS, Nadine Dorries, visited the Kirkoswald B4RN project to meet local volunteers and see first-hand the impact of gigabit voucher funding. Ms. Dorries watched a cabinet being installed; saw a moleplough in action; and even got to try splicing some fibre. She then had tea and cake (the fuel of the … [Read more…]

10 Years On… B4RN’s ‘Day of the Spades’

Ten years ago more than 100 people made broadband history, coming together to start the B4RN network build in a field near Jubilee Tower at Quernmore. ‘The Day of the Spades’ happened on 31st March 2012. It was officially “Build Day 1”, with volunteeers, residents and investors from near and far picking up their tools … [Read more…]