The story of B4RN so far - For the Community - By the Community
Broadband for the Rural North Ltd or 'B4RN' is a professionally designed fibre-optic broadband network, 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 FTTH broadband to every property boundary in our coverage areas, costing households only £30 per month
Broadband for the Rural North Ltd or ‘B4RN’ was launched in December 2011 by a local volunteer group led by industry expert Barry Forde. Registered in Melling as a community benefit society with the FSA (under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965), it can never be bought by a commercial operator and its profits can only be distributed to the community. Each investor in B4RN £1 shares is a shareholder with one vote.
Who will be doing all this B4RN Kirkby Lonsdale work?
A group of local Kirkby Lonsdale volunteers will work together with residents to plan a B4RN Gigabit fibre-optic broadband network to property boundaries (or as close as we can) in our town. We think it is the right thing to do
B4RN is VERY FAST - 1,000 Mbps Upload and Download - plus a Ping (bounce-back signal) of just 1 or 2 ms
A B4RN Kirkby Lonsdale project will help our community have 21st-century fibre optic communications direct to each home or business, so that we are 'future-proofed' for all expected Internet, television and media streaming needs - domestic and business
Importantly you will never need to worry about your broadband capability for latest generation TV systems (4K or later on in 8K), TV and game streaming, latest generation fast PCs or Macs, Voice over Internet (VoIP) telephones and more - all through direct Ethernet cable connection or Homeplugs within the home. WIFI also is fully catered for - you will have enough WIFI bandwidth for all your latest mobile devices, even if you are a large family using many mobile devices. B4RN can be used with all your current in-home networking (Ethernet or WIFI), plus it is ideal for use with new-generation MESH WIFI systems such as those from Netgear, Linksys, BT, Tenda and Ubiquiti
What has happened so far - what will happen in future?
We began preliminary communications in June/July 2018, and we hope to launch a fully active project during 2020/21, after undertaking route planning and project costing with B4RN experts. This route plan and project investment data will be presented to Kirkby Lonsdale residents for approval plus their backing at a public meeting at the Lunesdale Hall. We hope to finish the project by the end of 2021.
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DO THIS NOW...
B4RN Community Projects are just that - they need to involve many in our town community in one way or another...
We need VOLUNTEERS to helps us take a theoretical route and project material plan and turn it into reality. If we don't have VOLUNTEERS to form planning, wayleaves, digging and duct installation teams, then no Kirkby Lonsdale B4RN project will be done
If YOU want B4RN Gigabit Fibre Optic Broadband in Kirkby Lonsdale - we need to work together to do this
Not everything is about digging - but there will be quite a bit of that. Anyone and everyone can offer to do different tasks. All ages and all skills are welcome. We doubt that we have many fully trained fibre optic networking experts living in Kirkby Lonsdale BUT some of you will learn a lot about B4RN community project methods and you will enjoy it. The 'B4RN Bug' bites for many people. As other communities from Caton to Dent, from Silverdale to Barbon, from Leck to New Hutton and many more places in between (plus the several 'B4RN-babies' further afield in the UK) - they have all decided to 'do it themselves' and gained a lot of satisfaction, new friendships and a stronger community spirit by doing so
Why should rural towns and villages areas always get the 'worst broadband connectivity'
Below here you will find some important and useful documents to download, read absorb and whet your appetite...
Prospectus + Invitation to Subscribe for Shares in Broadband for the Rural North Ltd
This Prospectus and the Share Application Form below are published by Broadband for the Rural North Ltd, to whom all questions should be addressed. This is NOT personal advice
This B4RN Welcome Pack + Contract document is for 'information only' at this very early stage of our project for Kirkby Lonsdale
Importantly, we are seeking your EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FIRST, via the REGISTER ME button at the top of this web page. Our initial target is to get at least 50% of all 650 properties and businesses in Kirkby Lonsdale showing interest, for our project to be able to start in earnest
Please DO NOT use this CONTRACT form UNTIL you have your own B4RN duct installed to your house wall. First Kirkby Lonsdale house connections could as early as 2019/2020, but only IF our project is approved first. Help us by VOLUNTEERING NOW VIA THE CONTACT FORM BELOW or sign-up on the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST PAGE at the top of this website and that day will come sooner!
QUESTIONS? Ask our other local B4RN volunteers what to do and when...
Typical Local B4RN Community Project Photos
Click to view larger images and/or save - Example images shown are from the completed B4RN Barbon + Middleton community project. Drone images are by Jonny Harrison, Number Nine, Kirkby Lonsdale
B4RN Kirkby Lonsdale - Latest News
B4RN Kirkby Lonsdale - Project Start June/July 2018
Kirkby Lonsdale has been surrounded by B4RN Gigabit fibre-enabled villages/hamlets for some time including Hutton Roof, High Biggins, Cowan Bridge, Leck, Whittington, Tunstall, Melling, Hornby, Barbon, Middleton, Casterton, Mansergh, Kearstwick and Killington, all enjoying lower monthly costs and broadband performance up to 60 times the UK average of 16.51 Mbps *
While towns are trickier to do than rural villages, due to the amount of tarmac, concrete and potential road crossings needed, Ingleton is well advanced on its own B4RN town project and Sedbergh is starting on its own planning for B4RN. Kirkby Lonsdale is very lucky as we already have our own B4RN Green Cabinet (the master fibre optic hub or switch) installed at QES, to serve the school initially. This same B4RN 'hub' is easily internally expandable to cater for the needs of all properties in Kirkby Lonsdale (estimated at around 650 properties)
A small group of volunteers is now forming in July/August/September 2018 to do initial Feasibility, Route Planning and Project Costing, ahead of a Public Launch Meeting which will be held at the Lunesdale Hall (date to be advised)
Let’s make Kirkby Lonsdale a Gigabit town…
* See this webpage below for UK broadband average speed statistics plus why the UK is lagging behind nearly every other country of note (31st or 35th in the world)
Weekly B4RN Computer Club - Melling Offices - Friday afternoons 2 to 4 pm - FREE
Do remember that there is a FREE B4RN Computer Club at Melling every Friday from 2 to 4 pm to give you advice on everything B4RN, plus tablet & smartphone use, PC or Mac set-up to use B4RN, home networking, using VoIP internet telephones and far, far more.
Brews are free there but do take some cake or biscuits to share!
After your own B4RN installation, if you have a connectivity or technical issue with your B4RN service, who do you contact?
You can always get in touch with B4RN in Melling via email or phone to ask questions and raise issues. No distant call centres or 'scripted tick list' solutions. For technical questions and connectivity problems please contact the B4RN Helpdesk Team at email@example.com or via phone on 015242 38499. For general enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to the B4RN Office Team on 01524 555 887.
The main B4RN website is here: https://b4rn.org.uk
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