Home is where the B4RN is

B4RN will benefit the community, not just in the next decade, but far into the future - not just as a communications tool, but for remote education, telehealth and telemedicine, accessing government and legal services, new business and leisure opportunities and much much more. 

It is difficult to imagine services and applications (which the current communications network here is already struggling to cope with) that B4RN will be unable to handle during the next few generations. 

B4RN has been designed by experts to be future-proofed, world class, and will prove to be the envy of many similar communities, both urban and rural. 

The B4RN network will replace the Victorian telephone system we have all been relying on to do tasks which it was never engineered to do, and which the laws of physics suggest will only become ever more impossible, despite British ingenuity to "make do and mend".

We hope that everyone will see the economic, social and environmental benefits of supporting this locally-led initiative. 

Buying Shares - Support B4RN by buying shares and help to keep the money in this community from communications, broadband internet, telephones and all the services we cannot yet imagine here in Lancashire. 

B4RN is a not for profit company registered with the Financial Services Authority under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 so it is similar to a co-operative. In addition, it has been set up to be compatible with HMRC's Enterprise Investment Scheme which can offer tax relief on share purchases. Find out more about the share issue.

Subscribing to the B4RN Service - Initially, B4RN intends to connect every property across the 8 parishes - Wray, Roeburndale, Tatham, Littledale, Quernmore, Over Wyresdale, Wennington, Melling and Arkholme - a total of 1300 homes and businesses, no exceptions. B4RN offers a 1000Mbps (1Gigabit per second) connection which is 500 times higher than the Government proposes for 2015 as a Universal Service Commitment. You want to know more, we know!


The first rural property in Wray, connected to fibre in May 2009.
It was built in 1693, and is now a part of Digital Britain