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Wray village is the latest community to be connected to B4RN

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.


I keep praying for access to a better connection, but nothing so far. Maybe its not what you know, but who you know.

  • joe_pineapples
  • over 7 years ago

How's the uptake on B4RN now? Have heard all kinds of figures from 15% to 20% to over 50% depending on who you listen to.

  • Dixinormous
  • over 7 years ago

Hi Dixi
the uptake on b4rn is actually between 50% and 90%, one street in one village it was 98% and we're hoping Wray will be similar! We are working totally in the final 10% where people are so sick of poor service they will work together to build the dream.

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 7 years ago

Uptake is likely to be inversely proportional to previously available speeds - very high in a notspot, middling where there's an adequate service.

  • herdwick
  • over 7 years ago

Doesn't Wray have a decent-ish broadband provision though mesh wireless from Lancaster university?

  • WWWombat
  • over 7 years ago

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