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Recognition for B4RN in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

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.

Comments

Yes congratulations ! Could you now take on the next task and roll out Hyperfast BB to the rest of the UK :)

  • pgre
  • about 1 year ago

Well done Fella's.
What a compliment. You deserve it.

  • Mitchy_mitch
  • 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 .

  • Blackmamba
  • about 1 year ago

Congratulations to ChrisTINE & Barry.
(BtW Welcome back Blackmamba :P )

  • baby_frogmella
  • about 1 year ago

Congratulations to both of them

  • gerarda
  • about 1 year ago

Congratulations. Be excellent to each other.

  • Hubz
  • 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.

  • cyberdoyle
  • 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

  • kijoma
  • 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.

  • cyberdoyle
  • 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 :)

  • GMAN99
  • about 1 year ago

Cyberdoyle - So if you get an MBE, does Mr Cyberdoyle get a knighthood?

  • 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.

  • ValueforMoney
  • 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

  • GMAN99
  • about 1 year ago

Hi Chris, tenacity rewarded. Proud to have met you in the early days. Neil

  • exPARC
  • 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.

  • Dixinormous
  • 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.

  • ValueforMoney
  • about 1 year ago

@FibreFred (GMAN99): "What was put in place for FTTC certainly does have a future, its called fibre :) "

Dream on :)

  • JNeuhoff
  • about 1 year ago

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