Broadband 4 Rural North
|Trading name||Broadband 4 Rural North|
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. It functions as an Internet service provider.
A company, Broadband for the Rural North Limited (Registration number 31352R), was formed to raise funds from the sale of shares and own and operate the network. However, much of the labour to dig trenches was supplied by local volunteers, 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. The company is headquartered in Lancaster and its chief executive is Barry Forde.
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