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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…]

Awards Tour: Tunstall

Stop 16 of the B4RN Awards Tour and we’re a little further along the A683 at Tunstall! Won last year, the INCA and ISPA trophies are visiting the communities and volunteers who have dug the full fibre broadband network in over the last ten years. Six B4RNstormers met at the Village Hall for a picture … [Read more…]

Awards Tour: Whittington

Another visit to the Lune Valley for stop 15 of the B4RN Awards Tour, this time in Whittington! The INCA and ISPA trophies – won last year – are ‘on tour’ to the volunteers and communities who’ve spent the last decade digging in the full fibre broadband network. Twelve B4RNstormers came together at the Village … [Read more…]

Walter Willcox: Obituary

Walter Willcox 27 March 1940 to 1 March 2022 It is with great sadness B4RN has learned of the death of Walter Willcox, a stalwart B4RN advocate, volunteer, and our very first shareholder (also the proud owner of our millionth share, too). Walter was a significant supporter of B4RN in the early years and that … [Read more…]

Awards Tour: Casterton

It’s stop 14 on the B4RN Awards Tour at Casterton! We’re taking the INCA and ISPA trophies – won last year – out to the volunteers and communities who’ve dug in the network for the last ten years. Nine volunteers (and three dogs) congregated under a crossroads sign showing the way to Bullpot (more on … [Read more…]

Mallerstang Goes Live On B4RN

Mallerstang’s B4RN gigabit full fibre broadband network has gone live! People in the parish can now enjoy B4RN thanks to years of hard graft by local volunteers, working alongside our contractors and staff. Locals went ‘live’ on Tuesday 15th February, with the lights coming on connected customers’ routers. This is the culmination of more than … [Read more…]