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VIDEO Documentary of B4RN’s UK Rural Fibre Optic Broadband Rollout

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 (10:04 am) - Score 1,729

The community built B4RN project, which is rolling out a 1000Mbps capable fibre optic broadband (FTTH) network to thousands of premises in rural Lancashire in England (inc. parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria), has uploaded an interesting new documentary film that charts their history and on-going work.

The new video (aka – B4RN The Movie: Digging to the Future) starts off by adopting a somewhat 1970’s style theme before highlighting the projectโ€™s history. It also shows the work now taking place and discusses some of the problems that B4RN have encountered along the way (e.g. rival services from BT that have a magical tendency to pop up once B4RN enters certain areas).

As usual the content has been very professionally pieced together, with much of the work being done by James Uren and Suzette Heald. It’s also been listed under YouTube’s “Comedy” category, which is befitting of B4RN’s often humours remarks to the many challenges they’ve faced. Sadly the video itself is currently only online in Standard Definition, but hopefully this will soon change.

It’s worth pointing out that B4RN recently connected their 1000th property to the service (here) and only last week two of the project’s longest standing founders – Barry Forde and Christine Conder – picked up M.B.E’s during the Queenโ€™s Birthday Honours (2015) for their efforts to connect rural areas (here). JFDI.

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  1. Bo Selecta says:

    A 1000Mbps capable network and yet a video that is only in 360p at a time when youtube are offering the opportunity to upload video in 8k! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Nice wee documentary though.

    1. Martyn Dews says:

      This Facebook post suggests that the full version will be released in due course. I assume that will be the HD version. There must be a reason for it, as you state, B4RN has the capacity to upload in HD and more!
      https://www.facebook.com/B4RNorth/posts/798992790207881

  2. Bob2002 says:

    The kind of documentary the BBC should have picked up IMHO.

    I think there is potential for a Hollywood movie, George Clooney is a dead ringer for Barry Forde and I’d suggest Halle Berry for Chris Conder. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Chris Conder says:

      haha, love it! but I would have thought someone who looked more like old mother riley would be a dead ringer for the van driver and chief sponge catcher. glamorous I ain’t.

  3. Chris Conder says:

    The real video isn’t for release yet. It is currently being shown in America at several conferences and is also entered in some competitions in this country. It was made totally as a standalone project by Suzette and James, who entered it in the Cannes film festival short film category where it was spotted by the USA mayors.

    They won’t let us have the full HD version until the competition season is over, but they showed us a preview and I managed to nab it. It was just to show our customers and volunteers, not to go on websites, but it doesn’t matter, and I will let you know when the full version is officially released. We had the premier on Saturday night for those who had been in it, and it was great fun. In a Barn. In Dolphinholme, where much of the digging was going on when the film was made. B4RN can’t publish the real version yet. sorry.

    1. Bill Lewis says:

      Keep up the good work Chris , hopefully the more jaded media will take off their BT rose tinted specs and pick this up when it is finally released in full ๐Ÿ™‚

      Bill

  4. Sledgehammer says:

    Thank you for the best piece of short film that I have seen in a long while.

  5. FibreFred says:

    What a great feel good film ๐Ÿ™‚ Well done indeed

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