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VIDEO How B4RN’s Community 1Gbps FTTP Broadband Network Began

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 (2:12 pm) - Score 812
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The outspoken co-founder of the rural Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire focused community B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) project, Christine Conder, has uploaded a new video to help explain how their successful Gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) network first got off the ground.

The video is of B4RN’s usual high quality and makes for a nice complement to our update piece last month (here), which among other things confirmed that B4RN has now connected well over 1,600 homes and businesses to their community funded and built ultrafast pure fibre optic broadband network.

In addition, the new video reveals that B4RN appear to be aiming for 5,000 customer connections in the near future and if successful that would be a spectacular achievement for such a project (it seems entirely possible given the current rate of uptake and expansion). Long may it continue.

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10 Responses
  1. Great job by all involved.

  2. Avatar wirelesspacman

    Just shows the power of JFDI! 🙂

  3. Avatar chris conder

    To be honest, when I posted it on Youtube I didn’t expect it to end up here! But thanks guys.

    Yes it is a brilliant film and all credit goes to Indigo Dingo. http://www.indigodingo.com/ He managed to cram masses of information into a 2 minute cracker of a video. He was actually employed by Vonage to make a promo film for them, https://www.vonage.co.uk/resources/case-study-broadband-rural-north
    and he ended up with too much footage. Vonage then offered the spare bits to us as a free promo film for B4RN and I think it is fair to say Indigo did an exceptional job of making it. So, if you want a film maker, look no further. You’d do better with an actress instead of a granny as the key performer, but they worked with what they had.

    Power to the people, you don’t need a multimillion pound advertising budget to get the message out 😉

    We actually have a volunteer in house video maker, that’s why some of our others are good, but since he got his gig he hasn’t had much time to make videos for us, too many paying customers! http://www.lunar.co.uk/

    • Avatar craski

      I wonder what excuse Avanti will roll out next when the government funded nationwide advertising campaign fails to attract any significant number of new satellite broadband subscriptions.

  4. Avatar Greg Dalgleish

    What a fitting tribute for International Women’s Day!

    We are hoping to have one of these connections to our Business Centre in the hopefully not too distant future, which will provide a massive boost for the companies there. Many other people have expressed an interest in basing their main office, or a satellite office, here in the South Lakes because of the beautiful surroundings and close proximity to the M6, but aren’t as keen on the internet options currently available.

  5. Avatar FibreFred

    It is a good video about a great venture.

    Now that it is self sustainable you must keep putting the money back in to keep expanding the workforce and coverage.

    Everyone involved should be immensely proud, it is a real “life” achievement. When you first posted about connecting two farms I had no idea it would turn into this but I’m glad it did

  6. Avatar Martyn Dews

    This is a great video and it’s super that B4RN is seen as case study for many things, not just surfing the web because good connectivity is more than that isn’t it?

    I remember making the call to Vonage to try and see what deals they could offer new B4RN customers. At that point the were less than 20 customers and only one on Vonage. It was initially difficult to get the message across to the Sales Director simply because he could not believe what speeds were being offered.

    It’s great to see things like this and B4RN going from strength to strength and I feel very proud to have had a small amount of input into this project. We just need to get our acts together now and get it to our village. We are surrounded by B4RN fibre!

    A super, good news story and apt of International Women’s Day.

  7. Avatar Craski

    I’ve always found B4RN inspiring. Lots of rural areas could benefit from something similar.

    Sadly round my way, a lot of farm houses lay unoccupied and the land is owned by large commercial farming companies who are not actually suffering as they dont live in the community and so have little desire to muck in, in a similar way. Lack of a decent back haul connection is also a problem, the only providers in the area are BT Openreach and they have zero desire to support such schemes.

    If Fibre-on-Demand every becomes available from FTTC cabinets again, that will open up far more opportunities for back haul to get the band width out of the towns and villages for small projects.

  8. The positivity in the comments on this article are a wonderful change from the usual tone on here.

    Very happy indeed for the guys at B4RN, the customers it serves and the projects it has inspired and spawned.

    I can to a small extent imagine the satisfaction that Chris and Barry must feel seeing what things have become. That kind of satisfaction means way more than even being on the Honours List.

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