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Recognition for B4RN in the Queen's Birthday Honours List
Saturday 13 June 2015 09:11:46 by Andrew Ferguson

The success of B4RN is down to a large team, but two of the most high profile figures have received recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honour list with Chris Conder and Barry Forde both now appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.).

The awards are much than a personal reward, they represent official recognition by the establishment of the hard work carried out by all of the B4RN team to bring hyperfast Gigabit broadband to some of the most rural parts of Lancashire.

Congratulations to Barry and Chris from team at thinkbroadband and we are sure all our regular readers will also join in congratulating you on the special contribution B4RN is making the UK rural broadband picture.


Posted by pgre about 1 year ago
Yes congratulations ! Could you now take on the next task and roll out Hyperfast BB to the rest of the UK :)
Posted by Mitchy_mitch about 1 year ago
Well done Fella's.
What a compliment. You deserve it.
Posted by Blackmamba about 1 year ago
Hi Broadband Watchers.
Well done crew and the wheelbarrow keep putting on the pressure on Openreach by dding more customers to your network .
Posted by baby_frogmella about 1 year ago
Congratulations to ChrisTINE & Barry.
(BtW Welcome back Blackmamba :P )
Posted by gerarda about 1 year ago
Congratulations to both of them
Posted by Hubz about 1 year ago
Congratulations. Be excellent to each other.
Posted by cyberdoyle about 1 year ago
thanks all, we are honoured to accept the MBEs on behalf of all our community, who have built themselves the most fantastic network in the world. We just hope this raises the profile of altnets with the politicians who still think you can get fibre down a phone line. We may be very small, but maybe we are the David to the Goliath, and maybe we can dispel the hype around the superfarce. Well maybe. But we'll just keep on digging anyway. Going the extra mile, to people who are worth it.
Posted by kijoma about 1 year ago
Hi Chris, great news for you guys and your design and build team :) , it is also good news for independent (Non Openreach reliant) providers in general. long may this trend continue! There are a lot of small "David's" out there providing a Goliath service. One day they may all be recognised and valued. Bill
Posted by cyberdoyle about 1 year ago
Agree Bill, we need more of them too, to provide some competiton and stop the incumbent getting away with the superfarce that is copper. Its the biggest con trick we'll have this century. That's the beauty of these MBEs, if it just raises awareness that other methods can and do work. (as Andrew pointed out) Permutations of which can be suited to different areas and needs. Just so long as what goes in provides an upgrade path. Unlike FTTC, which doesn't.
Posted by GMAN99 about 1 year ago
BDUK know what they are getting for their money, they spent enough on the bid stage.

What was put in place for FTTC certainly does have a future, its called fibre :)
Posted by ValueforMoney about 1 year ago
Cyberdoyle - So if you get an MBE, does Mr Cyberdoyle get a knighthood?
Posted by ValueforMoney about 1 year ago
@GMAN99 see NAO Jan 2105 quote. 3.10 BDUK’s analysis shows that actual costs are lower than BT’s bid prices but do not, in themselves, assure BDUK that BT priced the contracts economically. An independent assurance review in 2013, which compared supplier bids to a ‘should cost’ model, was hampered by limited
cost transparency.
Posted by GMAN99 about 1 year ago
VFM, my comments where specifically about what we are technically getting, the government are not being conned into thinking they are getting FTTP everywhere when they are really getting FTTC

There is no copper trick

Posted by exPARC about 1 year ago
Hi Chris, tenacity rewarded. Proud to have met you in the early days. Neil
Posted by Dixinormous about 1 year ago
Both Christine and Barry have taken a lot of time and done something great.

Let's celebrate that achievement without trying to make political points of it, or use it as a campaign point.

The MBEs are for service to superfast rural broadband, nothing more, nothing less.

While I have often crossed swords with one of them my heartfelt congratulations to both.
Posted by ValueforMoney about 1 year ago
GMAN99 thanks, you may find the budgets if BT delivers is capital contribution would permit substantial amounts of P in a mix economy solution.

30k BDUK funded cabs would cost less than £1bn so the subsidy would not exceed £700m.
Posted by JNeuhoff about 1 year ago
@FibreFred (GMAN99): "What was put in place for FTTC certainly does have a future, its called fibre :) "

Dream on :)
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