What is B4RN?
It’s registered as a non-profit community benefit society and run by a dedicated local team with the support of landowners and volunteers.
B4RN offers 1,000Mbps broadband to every property in the coverage area, costing households just £30 per month.
Unlike other providers, B4RN does not use copper lines to reach customer’s properties. The gigabit network is entirely fibre optic and entirely B4RN community owned. None of this would be possible without the support of the investors, volunteers and landowners who make B4RN what it is. Read more about this on B4RN’s community pages.
As well as making the internet better for us today, B4RN is great for the local economy and community going into the future. Hyperfast broadband allows companies to flourish in rural locations, meaning that over time we will see more investment in our area, and more of our young people choosing to stay here and make great careers for themselves. In other words, it can help keep our community together, preserving our identity and culture.
How do we get it?
Over 200 households have already registered interest (you can do that here), and we have a draft cabling plan. But now the real work starts…
The service itself, 1 Gigabit per second upload and download: £30 per month.
A useful additional point to bear in mind here: the bandwidth is also ample to cover VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) in place of your normal telephone line, so people can switch to a VOIP provider, which is in most cases cheaper than conventional landlines. See our page on Using B4RN for your phone service for more on this.
Connection fee: one-off payment of £150. This is waived if the premises is a business. (The business waiver does not apply to rented-out holiday homes unless they are also the offices of the business.)
The cost of digging the trench from your own boundary into your house. This can range from nothing at all to whatever a local workman might charge.
There are no other charges. However, most importantly, the project cannot get off the ground without at least some members of the community making a financial investment in B4RN.