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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…]

B4RN Survey and Competition

B4RN Survey and Competition Please tell us how having B4RN has helped you during ‘lockdown’ We are always being asked why people in rural areas need broadband and why should we get help from the Governemnt to get it. We are also being asked ‘Why has our rural community got their spades out, and planned, … [Read more…]

B4RN Feature In European Broadband Handbook

B4RN features in a dedicated handbook made by the European Commission to help with the rollout of broadband into remote areas. The ‘Broadband Handbook‘ has case studies from the UK and other countries to help rural policy makers and broadband project managers. The 46 page document is intended to be a useful starting point for … [Read more…]

B4RN & Zyxel To Bring Free 10Gb Broadband To 21 Rural Schools

B4RN has partnered with Zyxel to fully equip 21 rural primary schools with even higher speed internet access. Broadband for the Rural North and Zyxel’s partnership will provide the 21 primary schools in Lancashire, South Cumbria and Yorkshire Dales with 10Gb FTTP broadband service at no cost, upgrading them from 1Gb. The partnership will allow … [Read more…]

B4RN Connections Still Being Made During Covid-19

B4RN staff and volunteers are still working to connect new customers during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re classed as key workers by the government and understand and appreciate that broadband services have now become more essential than ever. We’re helping keep communication channels open and active, while allowing households to work from home, order delivery services … [Read more…]

B4RN Helps Drugs Company Counter Covid-19

B4RN’s helped a local pharmaceutical wholesaler* step up their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The supplier has taken on an empty warehouse to cater for extra demand on them caused by coronavirus and help them get urgent goods to the NHS and other medical suppliers. This could only be done if the building got its … [Read more…]

B4RN & Coronavirus

This blog post was first published in March 2020 and updated in September 2020. We have moved our coronavirus information to a dedicated page which can be found by clicking here. We at B4RN, and I am sure that I speak on behalf of all our Volunteers and Champions, hope that you are all managing … [Read more…]