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Desmond and AGM

Well, what a 48 hours that was. Thankfully, no injuries or worse reported. Power has been restored to most of the 66,000 homes that have been off since Friday night. We are pleased to let you know that the resilience of the network was severely tested, and proved to be very successful. The hubs in the areas … [Read more…]

B4RN Celebrates MBEs and New Office

Champions, volunteers and staff all got together at B4RN HQ on Wednesday 25th November 2015, to celebrate the new office, the group’s two MBEs as awarded to Barry and Chris, and the 1500 properties B4RN has now connected to gigabit community broadband! Around a hundred guests dropped by for a grand Jacobs Join featuring hot pies … [Read more…]

Chris Conder Invested by Prince William

B4RN co-founder Chris Conder and Huskie had their turn at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, a beaming Chris being presented her MBE by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in his very fine RAF uniform. “I smiled for 3 days. it was a brill trip.” True to form Chris’ mind was never far from broadband and even … [Read more…]

CEO Barry Forde at Buckingham Palace

CEO Professor Barry Forde was presented his M.B.E. on Tuesday by HM the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The award, for services to Superfast Broadband in Rural Communities, was announced in June on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Barry Forde has been CEO and chief network designer of the non-profit community benefit society … [Read more…]

New Melling Office for B4RN

B4RN have now moved to new premises on the edge of Melling. The site was chosen as it sits in the centre of the B4RN coverage area with excellent main road access and room for expansion of our office operations as well as plenty of secure indoor and outdoor storage. With our full time office … [Read more…]