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Who are B4RN Broadband?

Broadband for the Rural North Ltd known as ‘B4RN’ Broadband is a registered non-profit community venture run by a team of local landowners and volunteers. As the name suggests it's a rural broadband service covering a limited area in the North of England. It was founded in Lancashire in 2011 and led by Industry expert Barry Forde. Barry's innovative social enterprise demonstrates that a community approach can deliver a world class broadband network at a sensible price. It's the community based approach that has led to B4RN being so successful. Their expanding broadband network has an average take up of 65% of all properties in the area that they cover. B4RN currently supply gigabit broadband to over 7000 homes and businesses. Any profit B4RN makes can only be distributed to the community, so by getting connected you're helping support your local community!

What's the cost of B4RN Broadband?

B4RN broadband offers 1000Mbps (1Gbps) as standard. To be fair you're unlikely to need broadband at that speed, but it's nice to know you're ready for the future! There's an option to upgrade to 10Gbps, but thats just showing off! B4RN are so confident about their product and service that they offer all broadband packages on a one-month rolling contract. So, if you need to terminate your contract, you just need to give them 10 days notice. If you're lucky enough to be in a B4RN catchment area, here's a list of current prices. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Domestic household

One off connection fee £150
£30 per month for broadband

Business customers

Micro businesses (1-5 employees)*

One off connection fee £150
£30 per month for broadband

Small businesses (6-15 employees)*

One off connection fee £150
£60 per month for broadband

Medium businesses (over 15 employees)*

One off connection fee £150
£150 per month for broadband

*Holiday cottages, caravan sites, schools, larger businesses, hotels, churches etc all have special pricing plans that take into account their special circumstances.

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B4RN Pros & Cons

Key features for B4RN packages

B4RN Pros

  • Incredibly fast broadband 1Gbps
  • Extremely competitive price
  • B4RN is built on community spirit

B4RN Cons

  • Limited network coverage
  • VoIP is the only way to make phone calls, unless you keep your existing landline.
  • It is the property owner’s responsibility to get the duct from the boundary of their property to their house wall.

10Gbps Broadband Option

One off connection fee £360
£150 per month for broadband

What area do B4RN Broadband cover?

This B4RN map was checked January 2021

Can I get B4RN Broadband?

Abbeystead
Arkholme & Newton
Aughton
Barbon & Middleton
Bleasdale
Borwick & Priest Hutton
Brookhouse
Burrow
Burton-in-Kendal
Calder Vale
Cantsfield
Capernwray
Casterton
Caton and Brookhouse
Cautley
Chapel-le-Dale
Chipping
Clapham
Claughton & Caton Green
Cowan Bridge, Leck
& Ireby, Masongill
Crooklands
Dentdale
Docker
Dolphinholme
Dunsop Bridge
Frostrow & Millthrop
Firbank, Howgill
& Marthwaite, Killington
Garsdale

Gawthrop
Goosnargh
Gressingham & Eskrigg
Halton
Heversham
Hincaster
Hornby
Howgill
Hutton Roof & High Biggins
Ingleton
Inglewhite
Kearstwick
Keasden
Kirkby Lonsdale
Levens
Lawkland, Eldroth, Wharfe
& Feizor, Austwick
Low Bentham
Lowgill & Tatham Fells
Lupton
Mansergh
Melling
Nether Kellet
Oakenclough
Over Kellet
Overtown
Preston Patrick, Old Hutton
& Homescales, New Hutton
Preston Richard
Quernmore

Rathmell
Roeburndale & Littledale
Sedbergh (Rural)
Selside
Silverdale
Stainton
Storth
Strickland Roger
Thornton-in-Lonsdale
Tunstall
Wennington
Whittington
Wray
Wrayton
Yealand Conyers
Yealand Redmayne
Allendale Town
Catton
Whitfield
Capenhurst & Ledsham
Scole
Tivetshall
Burston and Shimpling

Burton-in-Kendal
Calder Vale
Caton
Crosthwaite
Dunsop Bridge
Heversham
Inglewhite

Ingleton
Levens
Nether Wyresdale
Over Kellet
Preston Richard
Strickland Roger
Witherslack

Tivetshall
Burston and Shimpling
Hawes
Strickland Roger
East Anglia - Tivetshall

Is B4RN the same as other ISPs?

It's a great service and a fantastic price but there are a few things you should be aware of:

If you want B4RN Broadband, you need to be prepared to get your hands dirty. Unlike most other companies providing FTTP Broadband B4RN request that you dig your own cable duct from your property to the boundary wall. This task can be undertaken by you or a contractor but is your responsibility to organise. B4RN will advise you of the best route to use and what they require.

Unlike most other ISPs B4RN don’t offer customers the option of an email service. So, you will need to use a third-party email service provider. There are plenty of free email providers to choose from like: Google Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Proton Mail, Apple iCloud etc. Most ISPs will allow you to retain your email address when you leave, however this may become a subscription service. If you’re currently with BT, when you cancel your broadband service, any email addresses associated with your account will remain active for 60 days. After 60 days, you will no longer have access unless you choose to transfer your BT email account to ‘BT premium email’. BT charge £7.50 per month for this service.

As B4RN broadband don’t offer a phoneline service, you will need to arrange a VOIP (voice over IP) phone service like Vonage if you wish to still have a landline number. VOIP service providers will usually allow you to port your existing phone number but this must be done before you cancel your phone contract. It’s worth noting that during a power cut, unlike a phone connected to a traditional copper line, a VOIP phone will not be operational. People for whom this presents a problem, may want to consider using a UPS (uninterruptable power supply i.e. back up battery) device.

FasterBroadband are not affiliated with or sponsored by B4RN Broadband. Our promotion is based on community support. We welcome all feedback and customer reviews. If you wish to contribute or spot a community area that we haven't listed, please drop us an email so we can promote it!

For further information visit the B4RN website: www.b4rn.org.uk

Wireless alternative option

If B4RN are not available Boundless Networks is one of the UK’s leading fixed wireless networks which spans across Lancashire and Yorkshire. Boundless Networks

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B4RN Broadband Reviews

The good the bad and the ugly. Read honest B4RN broadband reviews
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by John Rawnsley 3 months ago
When it works it's OK - just hope you don't have a problem
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It's a reasonable package - no more than that. Speeds are not what were originally 'suggested' during the sales process though. Our connection keeps failing and their response times are poor and solutions take far too long. Apparently, connections can fail if the weather is too hot...! Good job we don't live in Spain or somewhere similar..! They even once suggested putting a cold, wet cloth on the system to cool it down...! Seriously. That's just above the usual 'turn it off and turn it on again' response.. We have had intermittent issues for weeks at a time with no resolution - we have currently had no Internet connection for over 24 hours. No idea when we can expect to be back on line. Customer service staff do their best but the technical support leaves a lot to be desired. Hard to recommend on this basis.


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by E Newton 4 months ago
Totally awesome
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    5.0/5
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    5.0/5
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    5.0/5
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    5.0/5
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You get more than you pay for. 🤗
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by Gordonz 6 months ago
With a little help from your friends - and a hyperfast internet provider
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    5.0/5
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    5.0/5
  • Broadband speed
    4.5/5
  • Overall satisfaction
    5.0/5
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When we planned our move to a new home in the small village of Wray, just North East of Lancaster, I contacted our Broadband provider to check they would be able to maintain connection at our new address.Despite their 'No Problem' response, we immediately found out this wasn't the case - we were told "sorry we can't provide a service in the village". Like most people, we did most of our communications, including paying bills etc., on line, so this was a major setback for us.
To our surprise and delight, we were told of a simple solution - get the property connected to B4RN's network, throughout the village and surrounding area! I say simple, actually we had to dig a trench from the back garden wall across lawn and flower beds to the house and lay a fibre cable from the network run on the other side of the wall. Digging a trench when your house is full of boxes was challenging enough, we also had to find a way of drilling through a 0.7 metre thick stone wall. This was 'no problem' to the B4RN team of volunteers and staff. Within 6 hours we'd been loaned a 1 metre masonry drill bit and shown what we had to do to lay the cable safely (so we didn't accidentally cut through it in future years when working in the garden). Two days later, after stirling work by B4RN's connection team, we were up and running and have never looked back. 5 years on now and we've never had a problem, not even our connection speed dropping at 'peak demand' times. Our lawn quickly returned to its previous condition and 6 months later you couldn't tell where the cable had been run.
One or two friends have commented that their internet provider charges less than £30 per month; I take great delight in reminding them that we don't pay monthly landline charges any more and asking them what down/upload speeds they can get for their money. I also enjoy telling them about the quality of service we get from B4RN, second to none I would say.
In the current pandemic, internet networks and individual connections are - apparently - being stretched to the limit by greatly increased demand. We've not suffered this; however many people are involved in the online meetings I join, whatever the family is streaming etc., we always get a constant and uninterrupted connection.
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by Fleet Green Farm 7 months ago
Could not be better!
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    5.0/5
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    5.0/5
  • Broadband speed
    5.0/5
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    5.0/5
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Just superb: everything about the concept, the implementation, the support, the service, the price. We could not run the farm and related activities without it. Thank you very much indeed, and 1.1Gbps to the property - wow! In fact, it's so fast that it makes you wonder if you should have more children, just to use the surplus bandwidth. Ok, that last comment was a joke... :)
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by Michelle V 7 months ago
OMG!!!
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    5.0/5
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    5.0/5
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    5.0/5
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    5.0/5
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My hubby was the driving force for getting B4RN into our village, and boy am I glad he did it! We both work on computers from home and with lockdown, our son is schooling via Teams. In the evenings, we can watch catch up online whilst son is playing on his PlayStation. No buffering, no lag and happy family all round. I cannot recommend B4RN enough, any issues, their customer service is second to none. They keep you updated if there are ever any issues and their engineers are absolutely brilliant!!!
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by Picknshovel 7 months ago
Brilliant service in all respects
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    5.0/5
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    5.0/5
  • Broadband speed
    5.0/5
  • Overall satisfaction
    5.0/5
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What’s not to like?
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