Really there was little doubt over who would reach Dolphinholme in rural Lancashire with a FTTP solution first. B4RN now has around 30 properties with their Gigabit FTTP service up and running and the rest of the village is being dug as we write. There has been a bit of a David and the evil death vampire death squid battle going on with Openreach supposedly set to also role out FTTP to the village, but no real sign of that beyond some telephone poles.
With a population believed to be around 200 people in the village, the B4RN roll-out is around one third of the way there and if the stories of zombie plants and snorkelling are true then this reveals just some of the problems that larger roll-outs would occur too and once you are involving companies rather than volunteers life becomes a lot more complicated too.
B4RN by virtue of being the underdog does extremely well for coverage in the mainstream press and while BT may have a much larger PR machine, B4RN punches well above its weight but does run the risk of becoming a fibre to the press release project which may annoy some who know that B4RN is on the way to the area but are growing tired of waiting.