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If you’d like to review older news stories, these are kept in our news archive.

B4RN Customer Flying High About Download Speed

An IT Engineer in Melling was left with his head in the clouds by B4RN’s download speed. Software developer Adam Laycock’s a fan of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator – so when the 2020 version became available in mid-August he took off to get it. Flight Simulator is a bit of a jumbo jet when it comes … [Read more…]

Computer Club & B4RN Customers Play Key Part In Internet Research

B4RN volunteers, customers and the Computer Club have all helped with government research on the importance of high-speed internet. BDUK analyst Marion Lean and dialectographer Mitch Miller visited the volunteer-led Computer Club as well as a farm in Roeburndale and the village of Barbon. The need for the internet is already nearly universally understood, but … [Read more…]

South Norfolk Villagers Celebrate B4RN Cabinet Installation

Four communities in East Anglia can now look forward to receiving B4RN’s gigabit broadband. Local volunteers and a B4RN team from Lancashire HQ helped complete road and rail crossings in early August and then installed the fibre cabinet in Burston. That will eventually allow properties in the South Norfolk villages of Burston, Shimpling, Gissing and … [Read more…]

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…]