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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

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by Fleet Green Farm 2 days ago
Could not be better!
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 20 days ago
OMG!!!
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 21 days ago
Brilliant service in all respects
What’s not to like?
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by Brian 21 days ago
What’s not to like?
We have B4RN for almost six years now. Admittedly, at first, I was skeptics, but after checking my speed soon after going live, not any more!! It really is a gig! The cons you mention are true, but are so relatively unimportant as to be hardly worth mentioning. Yes you lose internet with a power cut but nearly everything else goes off also! If you can’t manage a few hours without electricity...... I say no more. In this age of mobiles not having a landline does not present any problems. As regards digging your own dusting, I was late 60s with, unbeknown to me, stage 4 lung cancer when I did mine!!
I think I have only had 2 outages in 6 years and both were speedily and efficiently resolved.
Price wise, for B4RN and Vonage, I am paying less now that I did 6 years ago to BT for a miserable 1mbps( on a good day)!
All in all, if anyone is offered B4RN and doesn’t take it, I shake my head sadly.
A brilliant, truly local, company that gets a 10 from Len!!
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by Bernerlap 22 days ago
Excellent
Can’t beat it. We’ve had B4RN nearly five years now. It’s fast reliable and the bandwidth means we’ve been able to dispense with satellite TV and TV licence. My one quibble is that B4RN should explain the wifi issues much more clearly and recommend that subscribers in larger houses with thicker walls get a mesh.
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by Sue 23 days ago
Connection
Been a B4RN customer for years but through Lockdown we noticed little glitches with our connection. Two weeks ago we borrowed a Mesh system. The B4RN guys brought it as they were working in Silverdale. We can’t believe the difference. It is superb so we have ditched the old BT router and Extender for good. Even paid the guys for the borrowed Mesh so I don’t have the bother of ordering another one. Thank you B4RN. Superb service..
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by Jacky Frankland 23 days ago
Best Ever
Excellent in every way; consistently high speeds, great quality & service, quick to resolve any difficulties, the best value for money in the world. Highly recommend any day.
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by Andrew Skinner 23 days ago
Huge Bandwidth
Truly fast connectivity. Makes on line backup easy, makes hosting a small server practical. Plenty of truly unmetered bandwidth. Helping install gets you to know new friends as well.
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