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Heversham Goes Live On B4RN

Another Cumbrian village now has broadband speeds which compete with the fastest networks in the world, thanks to local volunteers with the help of B4RN. Heversham went ‘live’ today (Wednesday 30th September), with the first 44 new customers joining B4RN’s 1Gbps symmetrical full fibre service. Property connections were made over the last few days, with … [Read more…]

Bruce Alexander Retires From B4RN

B4RN stalwart Bruce Alexander retired from B4RN today (Friday 25th September). This small video’s been put together to say thanks and congratulations on all his hard work down the years. We all wish him well for a happy retirement. Love from all at #TeamB4RN xxx

Your Lockdown Stories: Competition Winners Announced

A family from Brookhouse who shared what having B4RN meant for them during Covid-19 lockdown has won an Amazon Alexa, donated by B4RN’s volunteer computer club. It wasn’t easy to decide who would receive it (you can read all the stories by clicking here) but congratulations to the Humphreys! You can watch their video submission below, … [Read more…]

North Lancs Churches Stream Services Thanks To B4RN

A vicar has told how B4RN was crucial to allow worship to continue in the Lune Valley during lockdown, as churches begin to reopen their doors. Revd Michael Hampson wrote in the Wagtail Newsletter this week. He said: “We were delighted earlier this summer when we were able to unlock our churches once again for … [Read more…]

B4RN Customer Flying High About Download Speed

An IT Engineer in Melling was left with his head in the clouds by B4RN’s download speed. Software developer Adam Laycock’s a fan of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator – so when the 2020 version became available in mid-August he took off to get it. Flight Simulator is a bit of a jumbo jet when it comes … [Read more…]

Computer Club & B4RN Customers Play Key Part In Internet Research

B4RN volunteers, customers and the Computer Club have all helped with government research on the importance of high-speed internet. BDUK analyst Marion Lean and dialectographer Mitch Miller visited the volunteer-led Computer Club as well as a farm in Roeburndale and the village of Barbon. The need for the internet is already nearly universally understood, but … [Read more…]

South Norfolk Villagers Celebrate B4RN Cabinet Installation

Four communities in East Anglia can now look forward to receiving B4RN’s gigabit broadband. Local volunteers and a B4RN team from Lancashire HQ helped complete road and rail crossings in early August and then installed the fibre cabinet in Burston. That will eventually allow properties in the South Norfolk villages of Burston, Shimpling, Gissing and … [Read more…]

First B4RN Customers Go Live In The Allen Valleys

After two years’ hard work, Broadband for the Allen Valleys (B4AV) volunteers and B4RN engineers are connecting the first of 1,800 properties to their new full fibre 1Gbps community broadband network. With more than 350km of fibre optic duct laid, the first stage of the community broadband network is switched on. The North of Tyne … [Read more…]