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B4RN to begin dig for rural broadband
Thursday 15 March 2012 15:10:31 by Hayley Mitchell

The Broadband 4 the Rural North project (B4RN) has today announced it will begin its community dig at the end of this month. The B4RN project is hoping to bring fibre optic broadband connections direct to rural communities in Lancashire and surrounding areas.

The digging event will begin on the 31st of March at Julilee Tower, Quernmore, a local beauty spot roughly half way along the first core route. It is expected that all 13 core routes should be live within 3 months. Local residents have been invited to participate in the event, a pre-victorious celebration of the superfast broadband for those living in the area and hope to get in the near future.

"This is where we can reduce the costs that a traditional telecommunications company would face, by using local skills and knowledge, working directly with the community, and being a part of it. B4RN is a 100% community project, with neighbours helping neighbours. The community spirit is strong in rural areas and B4RN is a showcase for that spirit."

Professor Barry Forde, B4RN CEO.

The project also gives the chance for farmers and surrounding businesses to buy shares in B4RN, a proactive way to include the local community in the project. Shares start from £100, and tax refunds are available to those who invest over £500 under the Governmanet's Enterprise Investment Scheme.


Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Congratulations to B4RN for raising sufficient funds to start in the these difficult times!
And wish all the best in the community continuing to invest in itself and take the project all the way through to completion!
Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
No doubt gmann99 will be here soon to tout his usual pro BT rhetoric, the usual they've got around to doing something BT have been doing for 3 years now, or something along those lines.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
No I'm all for it, its behind schedule (seems you can't lay fibre in the winter months?) but I wish them all the best always have, hopefully it works and can be repeated elsewhere.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
In the winter soil freezes so is less than ideal for digging. BT often can continue as it is adding fibre tubing to existing ducting.

Even then weather can delay Openreach
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Oh I know Andrew it was only a joke. I hope they can get people connected up soon and it can be repeated elsewhere
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
When I asked about the dig start date being in the winter last year we got the usual platitudes about local farmers being used to bad weather etc.
Posted by pcoventry76 over 5 years ago
Well fair play to them and I hope it gets sorted soon and they are all on at super speeds!

Projects like that deserve to win!
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