Recently, a group of local residents looking into getting broadband to our rural properties visited B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) based near Carnforth, Lancashire. We discussed getting the worlds fastest broadband to the door for EVERYONE locally who would like it within the parishes listed below.
Yes EVERYONE in each parish! No-one is too far away, no-one is left out. This would be a full 1000 Mbps (1 Gigabit/s) for all, both download and upload no compromises and at £30 per month for residential properties, with an initial £150 connection fee. The current best alternative available superfast fibre broadband packages (NB – not available to many properties in our area) offer download speeds in the range of 67 to 350 Mbps, but the download speed may well be much poorer and if you are on copper wire you might be getting as low as 0.002 Mbps.
We’ve decided to call our local community broadband group B4NTR (…Banter) – which stands for B4RN or Broadband for North Tyne and Redesdale, we will work with B4RN to bring fibre to our area, but we do need local support to make it all happen.
B4RN is a well established not-for-profit organisation which helps communities in the UK build the world’s fastest broadband across rural areas to your door. All monthly fees go to extending their network to other properties which might never get a decent connection or to local charitable projects like a new village hall roof. B4RN also provide free broadband to primary schools and places of worship. To find out more about them watch the videos below…
B4RN have come a long way since these videos were made with over 5000 properties now connected and local contractors now do the digging. They have been featured by the BBC multiple times, won awards including MBE’s – to learn more about them…
Visit their website – https://b4rn.org.uk/
Or Visit their YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFPv2Aj590ZBx-Bb8WEGrMhMOQaO5lmq-
An example of a completed project in Casterton makes for exciting reading at http://www.b4rncasterton.co.uk/
We have secured the backing of the Ray Wind Fund Community Interest Company (CIC) which should help us initiate the project. Along with B4RN, they would help built the network and get us connected!
What’s REALLY important for the project now is to show B4RN there is real demand for this service in the local parishes.
DON’T LET YOUR PARISH MISS OUT!
WE NEED more than 50% of residents in each parish to complete these online forms below otherwise they won’t be included in the final plans.
The quicker we get this, the faster the project can start. Tell your friends, neighbours and everyone at the pub!
It costs nothing to complete the form below and it’s not a contract, it’s just to show our local interest to B4RN. You can already have BT Fibre Broadband, it makes no difference to getting connected to B4RN, it just gives you more choice in the future.
Again if the world’s fastest broadband interests you, we really need you to fill out an expression of interest form below!
Links for all of the parishes are at the bottom of this post.
We will be holding a number of public meetings to explain more, but if you are interested, please do fill out a form for your area below and pass this message on! We all need to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Chair – B4NTR Community Broadband Group
The following parishes are being considered for the project:
Click HERE to check your parish on OS maps
(try popping in your postcode, then zoom out).
Capheaton – http://b4rn.org.uk/eneca
Hartburn – http://b4rn.org.uk/eneha
Hepple – www.b4rn.org.uk/enehe
Hesleyhurst – www.b4rn.org.uk/enehh
Hollinghill – www.b4rn.org.uk/eneho
Kirkwhelpington – www.b4rn.org.uk/eneki
Longhorsley – www.b4rn.org.uk/enelo
Nunnykirk – www.b4rn.org.uk/enenu
Otterburn – www.b4rn.org.uk/eneot
Rothley – www.b4rn.org.uk/enero
Netherwitton – www.b4rn.org.uk/enenw
Wallington Demesne – www.b4rn.org.uk/enewd