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UPDATE B4RN Rural Broadband Project Sees Queen’s Birthday Honours

Saturday, June 13th, 2015 (6:49 am) - Score 1,062

The CEO of the community funded and built B4RN network (Barry Forde), which is currently rolling out an ultrafast Gigabit capable fibre optic (FTTH) network to homes across remote parts of rural Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria in England, has today been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2015).

The honours system generally recognises people who have made achievements in public life and or committed themselves to serving and benefitting Britain, such as by helping to make the lives of other people or communities better. Proposed awards are chosen by the honours committee and their decisions then go to the Prime Minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honour.

Suffice to say that B4RN’s volunteer driven and community funded deployment of Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband services, which has already helped to connect well over 1000+ homes in rural Lancashire, would certainly qualify. As such it’s little surprise to find that Barry Forde has officially pickup up an honour for all that work.

The Queen’s Birthday Honour for B4RN’s CEO

THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday, to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:

M.B.E.

To be Ordinary Members of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order:

Professor Barry FORDE

Chief Executive, Broadband for the Rural North

For services to Superfast Broadband in Rural Communites.

Nicely done.

UPDATE 7:22am

Happily it looks as if B4RN’s often outspoken Christine Conder also picked up an M.B.E for the same reason. Congrats!

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11 Responses
  1. Patrick Cosgrove says:

    For services against the tyranny of government orthodoxy. Very well done indeed!

  2. FibreFred says:

    Well done Barry!

  3. Tim Higgs says:

    Congrats B4RN! I keep thinking how good it was when I came to help 2 years ago! How time flies. Such brilliant community spirit, everyone was so welcoming and they just get on and do what the big telco’s say can’t be done.

    Well done Barry and Chris!

    1. MikeW says:

      It’s too easy to say “just get on and do” as it requires a lot to build the community cohesion that means “getting on and doing” turns, after a couple of years, into tangible results.

      That’s the magic fairy dust that these two bring – the ability to build the groundswell up from nothing into something overwhelming. The ability to build the necessary trust.

      For that, these rewards are well deserved.

      Once the hard work is done, the “JFDI” is easy.

  4. Walter G M Willcox says:

    An absolutely splendid achievement for BOTH Barry and Chris and ALL the other B4RN, B4YS and now LA6B4RN community stalwarts who have made this happen despite (at best) hindrance.

    As the Prime Minister’s office have been involved, perhaps they might correct the “confusing” statements still being issued by Messrs Vaizey and Whittingdale. As the laws of physics cannot be avoided for rotting aluminium and copper twisted pairs, wouldn’t it be splendid if an URGENT full symmetric** fibre UK rescue programme was started forthwith thus halting the millions squandered by Local Authorities with the incumbent’s rural monopoly. ** NOT as the partial Ravonstonedale Fell End monopoly project has been lumbered with.

    1. FibreFred says:

      Nothing stopping that

      Just…. the money and we’ve got a job on balancing the UK books 🙂

    2. fastman says:

      walter Fell end that’s a bit gar from Guildford !!!! and bespoke virgin home builds

    3. MikeW says:

      I’ll refrain from answering this, as I think it dishonours the honours to descend into political arguing.

  5. Cammy says:

    Congratulations to Professor Barry FORDE and Christine Conder more than well deserved.

  6. Congratulations to Barry, Chris, and all of the B4RN volunteers and team!

  7. Chris Conder says:

    Thanks for this guys, much appreciated, we’re all very chuffed that B4RN has received these awards, it really is a people powered project, and the fact that it’s got two MBEs proves that Whitehall has acknowledged the capacity of rural communities for self help.
    ‘Going the extra mile’ we call it, ‘because we’re worth it’.

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