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High Praise For B4RN From ISP Review

Independent internet service provider review website – ISPreview – has named B4RN among its pick of the altnets for 2021. B4RN appears in the site’s article on the best broadband for homes. You can read what they had to say by clicking here. Also of note is that B4RN have by far the cheapest price … [Read more…]

Happy B4RN Customer In Dunsop Bridge

B4RN staff and volunteers have been active in the snowy valleys of Lancashire. New customer Ben – who lives in Dunsop Bridge – is very happy with his new connection! Not only is he saving money, he’s getting hyperfast speed and fantastic upload capability. Ben was on BT, paying £45 a month for 20Mbps download … [Read more…]

Nether Wyresdale Goes Live On B4RN

Another Lancashire community has gigabit broadband, enabled by B4RN, but thanks to the hard work and investment of local volunteers, and the support of government voucher funding. Nether Wyresdale, on the edge of the Bowland fells,  went ‘live’ on the 7th January, with 49 new customers joining our hyperfast network. A team of local contractors … [Read more…]

B4RN Customers Offered Exclusive Deal On Kraydel Konnect

***PLEASE NOTE: The offer highlighted in this article has now expired*** A device trialed by B4RN’s ‘Computer Club’ to help older people stay connected has now come to the market. Kraydel’s ‘Konnect’ uses a customer’s TV to make and receive video calls – it’s a “closed” system, meaning only loved ones or carers can contact … [Read more…]

Heversham Project Features In National Press

An article about the B4RN project in Heversham appeared in The Telegraph online over Christmas. You can read the full article here (subscription required, free trial available). The Cumbrian village went  ‘live’ in Autumn last year, with more than 70 customers now joining B4RN’s 1Gbps symmetrical full fibre service. The Telegraph article features local volunteer … [Read more…]

B4RN Founder And CEO Barry Forde Retires

B4RN’s founder and CEO, Barry Forde MBE, has retired. He’s overseen the building of a gigabit capable fibre-to-the-premises network which reaches into very remote parts of rural Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Norfolk, the Northeast and Yorkshire. The Community Benefit Society’s operated since 2011 under a unique model – B4RN is partly funded by local communities, which … [Read more…]

Hyperfast Start For Crosthwaite B4RN Project

Digging is underway on the B4RN network in Crosthwaite, just ten weeks after the project began. Local volunteers and contractor Tony Swiddenbank started laying ducting this week – expanding B4RN’s gigabit full fibre network out from Levens. Volunteer Andrew Brown posted on social media: “It’s official! We’ve started cutting turf with a good representation of … [Read more…]

Norfolk Businesses Delighted To Be on B4RN

Two business owners in Norfolk have told us about life on B4RN, having recently gone live on our gigabit full fibre network. Our volunteer trainer Jorj checked in with them. First, we’ve got Helen from Weddell and Turner – a small business specialising in gluten and dairy free cakes and treats. Helen and Dudley worked … [Read more…]

B4RN CEO Barry Forde To Retire

The founder and Chief Executive of Broadband for the Rural North, Barry Forde, is retiring at the end of the year. Barry leaves B4RN in a successful and robust position. He has been the driving force behind the growth of B4RN from day one, leading with passion and determination and always keeping his finger on … [Read more…]

The Boot On The Other Foot For B4RN’s Jorj

To our volunteers, Jorj Haston is a familiar face. She usually doles out the spade awards to them but recently got a taste of her own medicine. A personalised spade was made and presented to her by Barry, a champion in Heversham, during a short, socially distanced break. It’s in recognition of all the help … [Read more…]