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Construction Work Finished On First B4RN Village Project

Construction work for the ‘B4RN Village’ project in Halton has finished! All routes are live or fully ducted (with core fibre and further connections to follow). People in Halton can sign up for gigabit broadband at If you’re stuck in a deal with another provider, you could take advantage of Connect+ (full details at … [Read more…]

B4RN Volunteers Recognised With Lancaster CVS Awards

B4RN volunteers are among those recognised by the Lancaster District CVS Volunteer Achievement Awards. The awards (held 3rd June) had to be an online event on this occasion, celebrating volunteers’ dedication to their community. This year, there were no categories or ‘winners’ – EVERYBODY deserves recognition! Below, we highlight a number of B4RN volunteers who … [Read more…]

B4RN Featured On National TV

B4RN has been presented as a solution during a TV show about the eye-watering quotes some people are given to get decent broadband. Rip Off Britain did a segment about the five and six figure prices people in hard-to-reach places are being given by companies like OpenReach to connect them to better internet. Volunteers with … [Read more…]

Women In Fibre Initiative Feature B4RN Founder

B4RN founder Chris Conder features for the Women in Fibre Initiative (WiFi) this month. The Inititiative, started by Fibre People, aims “to help close the gender gap in Fibre, working with exceptional women across the Fibre Industry.” The first post about the interview on LinkedIn can be found by clicking here or you can see … [Read more…]

Allen Valleys Church Embraces Online Worship With B4RN

A newly connected church in the Allen Valleys now plans to live stream all its services, thanks to B4RN. Holy Trinity in Whitfield got its gigabit symmetrical connection in March thanks to the hard work of local volunteers with B4AV. Like dozens of other places of worship throughout the B4RN network, Holy Trinity will receive … [Read more…]

B4RN To Access Project Gigabit Funding

B4RN is working with national and local government to make sure the best funding is available for our projects, following the announcement of Project Gigabit. The government’s outlined how £1.25bn of an eventual £5bn pot will be spent, with the aim of delivering gigabit-capable infrastructure to 85% of the country by 2025. Funding will be … [Read more…]

B4RN Live On Compare Fibre

B4RN is now live on Compare Fibre. It’s a fast-growing comparison site aiming to be AltNet champions. It also only champions full fibre – offering an impartial and independent environment for people to look at their options. Check out their community page too, where discussion topics include rural broadband.

Milestone For B4NTR As B4RN Cabinet Lands In The Northeast

“All I want for Christmas (2021) is B4RN Broadband – would make ‘Staying at Home’ so much more bearable” – Dick, future B4RN customer. Communities in North Tyne and Redesdale can look forward to receiving B4RN’s gigabit broadband. With the help of a small team of local volunteers (B4NTR), a civil engineering team from B4RN … [Read more…]

Teacher Grateful For Having B4RN During Lockdown

A teacher has told us how her B4RN connection has made life a little less stressful during lockdown. Most children have had to do home schooling for long stretches over the last year due to coronavirus restrictions. Steph Williams – a teacher at Settlebeck High School – has been doing live lessons from her home … [Read more…]

B4RN Volunteer Gina Stars In DCMS Case Study

Long time B4RN volunteer, Gina Barney, is the subject of a DCMS case study. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has highlighted her as an “inspirational community broadband champion.” You can read the article here, while Gina tells us in her own words below what it’s like to volunteer for B4RN. “What I … [Read more…]