B4rn may have been featuring in the news because of all the RCBF problems and rows over coverage maps and over building by BT, but unlike so many other projects B4rn is actually continuing to build its network and has now connected 350 premises (180 of these since July, and the first 14 went live in November 2012).
For those that do not know B4rn is community network building a Gigabit FTTP solution to rural premises in Lancashire and people can either buy shares, or donate time to build the network or simply just pay to be connected, £150 connection fee and £30 per month.
The roll-out has taken longer than originally expected, but the next year should hopefully see a big dent made in the 3,000 or so premises they want to connect. The 350 connected figure is important, as they have previously suggested they become self sustaining at 300 paid subscriptions, and once this grows to 1,000 they will be able employ full-time staff.
B4rn may not be the large FTTP operator in the UK, but it is one of the most vocal and it now has more subscribers than the CityFibre network in Bournemouth which passes some 21,000 homes but has around 250 subscribers.