The small village of Wray, just north of Lancaster, Lancashire has become the most recent community to get connected to B4RN, the local community broadband project deploying its own fibre optic broadband service. B4RN offers those that connect to its service FTTP broadband at symmetric gigabit speeds, that is 1Gbps both upstream and downstream.
The first connections in the village went live on New Years Eve in the village hall and the local Methodist church was connected on New Years Day, allowing them to offer video streaming of church services.
"The community have worked extremely hard to bring the network to the village and work is now ongoing to connect residents as quickly as is possible. The farmers and diggers have had some extremely rough terrain to cope with over the fells, and 18 Kilometres of core were laid to reach the village."B4RN Statement
In November 2013, B4RN had deployed over 350 gigabit connections and they hope to continue to grow this to over 3,000 connections. See the B4RN website for further information on the project.