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B4RN moving towards creation of fibre service in rural Lancashire
Friday 02 December 2011 10:12:38 by Andrew Ferguson

B4RN has ambitious plans to bring full Fibre to the Home (FTTH) to around 1300 homes across a number of parishes in Lancashire. They have just announced that enough interest in the project has been expressed in these areas such that they can go ahead onto the next stage of the project.

The funding for much of the work is set to come from people buying shares in the community led scheme, which will be available from 15th December. The same day sees a launch event happening at The Storey, Lancaster at 2pm. The shares are being made available under the Enterprise Investment Scheme that allows for 30% tax relief on investments between £100 and £20,000.

B4RN hope to get the core network dug during the next three months (weather permitting) after which time the first users will start to be connected. It is already encouraging people in the area to sign up for a service subscription.

The timescales B4RN are operating to mean that it should be up and running well before any BDUK/County Council led scheme, which as they are much larger projects have much more paperwork and red tape.


Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Wish them the best in getting the financing sorted! Not going to be an easy task...
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
Would have been easier if the government had made funding available... ;)

Nobody can ever say this community didn't try.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
It really couldn't have come at a worse time to ask for money :( I hope it comes off but it sounded like it was hard enough to get the target interest in the first place never mind asking for money.

How much do the shares have to raise before they can start?
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
Not as much as you would think, because all the work is being paid for in shares. Its the cost of the civils which stops other companies investing in rural areas, but in the case of B4RN the people are investing in their own company and themselves. So there are two types of shares, A and B. B4rn has already got expressions of interest to cover both. So we shall see what we shall see will we not?
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
The in-kind investment helps a lot... i.e. doing digging and the like. But a lot of the financials are capital investment and up-front payments for connection and data. I expect it'll happen along the same lines as sign ups did, lots at the beginning with little bursts and trickles after.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Yep, digging the trenches is the easy-ish but, putting something in them and turning on the Internet feed needs money and lots of it
Posted by timmay over 5 years ago
Hopefully this doesn't go the same way as the FTTH project in Selling, Kent. Lets hope that B4RN can make a success of this.
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