Broadband 4 Rural North

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Broadband for the Rural North Limited
Trading name Broadband 4 Rural North
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 2011 (2011)
Headquarters Lancaster, England
Area served Lancashire
Services Internet connectivity

Broadband 4 Rural North (B4RN, read as "BARN") is an innovative community-led project to bring high-speed broadband Internet connectivity to domestic ("FTTH") and business properties in rural Lancashire, in the north of England.[1][2][3] It functions as an Internet service provider.

The first homes, in Quernmore, were connected in 2012.[1] Others, in Arkholme-with-Cawood, were next.[1]

Tests on the network quoted in February 2013 showed an download speed of over 917Mbit/s and upload speed of 530Mbit/s.[4] UK regulator Ofcom cites a national average upload speed of 12.7Mbit/s.[4]

A company, Broadband for the Rural North Limited (Registration number 31352R[5]), was formed to raise funds from the sale of shares and own and operate the network.[3][5] However, much of the labour to dig trenches was supplied by local volunteers,[3] who were rewarded with the chance to get a connection to their families or businesses, and some work is also rewarded in shares. Farmers and other landowners allowed free access for buried cables to cross their land.[3] The company is headquartered in Lancaster and its chief executive is Barry Forde.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Jackson, Mark (2013-01-22). "Fibre Eating Mice Delay First 1Gbps B4RN Broadband Links in Arkholme - ISPreview UK". ISP review. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  2. ^ " - FTTH Broadband for the Rural North". B4RN. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Cellan Jones, Rory (2013-02-14). "Fast fibre: A community shows the way". BBC Online. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c France, Paul (2013-02-15). "B4RN fibre broadband network 'tops 900Mbps downloads'". Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "B4RN share application form". B4RN. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 

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