B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) offer full fibre to premises broadband across parts of Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and are expanding their network across Cumbria. B4RN is owned by its members, most of whom are also customers and is built on community spirit.
Local volunteers help with all aspects of the project, supported and guided by the team at B4RN including planning the network, getting wayleaves as well as digging trenches and connecting houses.
B4RN have been in operation as a telecoms network since 2011 and build their networks to pass every property within the parish so every one has the chance to connect. Government funding available via gigabit vouchers and the new Project Gigabit will help with building a new network in Kirkby Ireleth, every home or business that signs up will potentially raise thousands towards the project. Individuals may also wish to invest in the project by applying for shares in B4RN. If interested in investing, you may feel it appropriate to seek independant professional advice before doing so.
As a not-for-profit organisation, B4RN offer a free service to primary schools and places of worship.
More information about the areas currently covered and in the planning process, about investing in B4RN, how they work with the community are all available on their website – http://www.b4rn.org.uk