B4RN don’t just help us to install a fibre optic network, they also have a dedicated team for monitoring and maintaining the network on a 24 hour basis.
Our neighbouring villages of Capenhurst, Shotwick, Puddington and Burton are already connected and getting Gigabit fibre optic broadband from B4RN.
Broadband for the Rural North Ltd or ‘B4RN’ was launched in December 2011 by a volunteer group led by industry expert Barry Forde. Registered as a community benefit society with the FCA (under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965) so it can never be bought by a commercial operator and its profits can only be distributed to the community.
B4RN is a professionally designed fibre optic broadband network, registered as a non-profit community benefit society, and run by a dedicated local team with the support of landowners and volunteers.
Most broadband service providers rely on the existing copper cabling that is already installed to your premises. Copper cabling was originally designed for voice communications however cannot deliver 1Gbps reliable high speed internet access over long distances
B4RN is completely different
B4RN engineers will install a fibre optic cable that is
designed to carry high speed internet connectivity to each of their subscribers premises.
The Fibre Optic service provided by B4RN carries 1Gbps as standard and can be further upgraded in the future.
1Gbps Download - 1Gbps Upload (1Gbps = 1,000Mbps)
Mollington Primary School will get completely free Gigabit broadband, saving them £3k per year
Churches in the area get connection free.
Adding value to your home
A 2014 study implied a good broadband connection could
add nearly 3% to the price of an average property.
Fast Internet is important to buyers - tellingly, some property websites now include broadband speed checkers alongside details like local schools
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has approved our project’s Pre-registered Package which essentially means that many more broadband opportunities will now open up for participating residents and businesses living in the six villages
Each address can now apply for a Gigabit Voucher, a process which then allows B4RN to start building this project.
Simply visit https://b4rn.org.uk/postcode-checker/ and enter your postcode, together with the required address (and business details, where available) to apply for your voucher. NB this website also provides more background info on B4RN‘s project.
If you believe you are a business or sole-trader then you should specify this during the signup process. As a business subscriber you can help towards the project as a whole and also get free installation.
Residents may invest in B4RN project shares which currently offer an attractive 5% interest. In addition to this return, residential customers can enjoy more benefits.
If a minimum of £1500 is invested for three years, then the installation cost of your B4RN broadband to your house is zero AND you will receive the interest on the whole investment.
If you wish to invest additional funds then this contribution can benefit other residents installation costs.
The standard installation cost is a one-off payment of £150 including VAT.
Installation to the premises will be carried out by trained volunteers.
Applying for a voucher leads to property owners getting a £150 installation grant (after service goes live) to help recoup the cost of digging in B4RN ducting from your garden/property edge to your building. If you do the work yourself you can pocket the cash!
Businesses who successfully apply for a voucher don't pay the installation fee and receive a £150 installation grant (after service goes live).
In order for the project to begin construction aproximately half of the community has to register their interest.
We also need more volunteers to help spread the word,
agree access rights to land, and maybe do some digging. You can volunteer using this form
We should act fast - much of the network build cost can be met with a two-year government broadband funding scheme.