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Timeline for B4RN

Home is where the B4RN is

The timeline is deliberately aggressive and short because the time to do future-proofed Gigabit Fibre To Every Home is NOW. The cost of delays in deploying FTTH have already cost this country untold billions of pounds in economic, social and environmental benefits. B4RN has been set up to once and for all resolve the problems that have been faced in rural areas and prove that there is an economically viable and replicable path for the 30% of rural UK known as the Final Third. 

The Final Third has been identified as suffering market failure in the coming years of superfast broadband deployment by industry. Yet, our business plan would seem to put paid to that notion that rural areas must suffer, showing an alternative and commercially viable route to solving the digital divide for 20+ years to come.  

This is a community effort. We, as much as any other resident of this area of Lancashire, are acutely aware of what is being asked of everyone. So, we ask you to think about the project and talk over with family and friends the level of commitment you are willing and able to take to support this project.

Please note this is not an invitation to invest.

This community can lead the way for many other rural businesses, farms, and consumers who want to see the job done once, and done right.

2011 August

  •  Registration of the community benefit society with FSA and HMRC
  • Distribution of fliers to every property in Phase 1 area. (Anyone in the Phase 2 and 3 areas who wishes to begin to inform those residents about the project, please ask for leaflets for distribution).
  • During August and September, all interested parties should think about the offer and talk with family, friends and everyone who matters about how you will be supporting the project.
  • Expressions of interest to be submitted via the website and by post
  • Promotion at Shows and Events (volunteers sought)
Expressions of interest to be submitted via the website and by post
Attendance and presentations at Parish meetings 
  • Wennington 1st September Wennington School, 7.00pm
  • Arkholme 5th September Arkholme Village Hall 6.30pm
  • Over Wyresdale 7th September Abbeystead Village Hall 7.30pm
  • Quernmore 8th September Quernmore Methodist Hall 7.30pm
  • Littledale 8th September combined with Quernmore
  • Tatham 12th September Lowgill School 7pm
  • Young Farmers 19th September, 7.30 Wray Institute
  • Melling Parish Council Broadband meeting 20th September 8pm Melling Institute
  • Wray meeting, with google earth demo of routes 27th September 7.30 pm in the institute.
October/ November
  • If interest is deemed sufficient, B4RN will move to a formal share offer
  • All those interested will be contacted with full details, including a share application form, share offer document, and subscription information.
  • Cheques for share purchase and subscriptions will need to be returned to B4RN
  • Should interest prove insufficient to fund the initial capital, alternative solutions will be considered by the Directors.
  • Dependent on interest, the company formation will proceed and B4RN is go. Game on!
  • Time to start digging! First, the core network and digital village pumps will be installed. We anticipate, weather permitting, that this will take approximately 3 months.
  • Train all teams for digging, fibre installation and fusion splicing. 
  • Connect all properties in Phase 1. 72,000 metres of trench along 11 routes will be required to connect the first 339 properties across 8 parishes.
  • Connect all 983 properties along 26 routes totalling 182,086 metres of trench.
  • Ongoing design of Phase 2 
  • Expressions of interest and marketing to Phase 2
  • If sufficient interest, begin the roll out of FTTH to 1781 properties across 14 further parishes.
  • Weather dependent, complete roll out across Phase 1 and more on phase 2

  • Weather dependent continue roll out across Phase 2
  • Ongoing design of Phase 3
  • Expressions of interest and marketing to Phase 3
  • If sufficient interest, begin the rollout of FTTH to 2059 properties across a further 4 parishes.
A timeline wordle, from

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