B4rn is continuing its roll-out of fibre to some of the most rural parts Lancashire, with the first 14 connections now live, and another 9 shortly to go live. More premises are connected but just waiting on all the elements in an area to be ready so they can go live.
For those in the area, it is worth highlighting that the option to purchase a foundation share for £1500, that entitles you to a free connection and a years service ends on 15th December 2012.
The first ground breaking for the project started at the end of March 2012, and while the original launch suggested many more homes would be live by the end of 2012, the exceptionally wet weather this year will not have helped a project that was crossing lots of open land. The projects own timeline shows that things are behind schedule, which had the highly optimistic target of 1322 properties connected by summer 2012.
The challenge of ducting, blowing the fibre and fusion splicing the fibre in the terrain that B4rn are operating should not be under estimated, and we are sure that those living in the area do not mind things taking a little longer, particularly as the area is pretty much at the bottom or close to the bottom of the list where BDUK projects will ever intervene.