B4RN Broadband

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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 September 2020

Can I get B4RN Broadband?

Arkholme & Newton
Whittington
Gressingham & Eskrigg
Aughton
Halton
Docker
Capernwray
Borwick & Priest Hutton
Quernmore
Abbeystead
Dolphinholme
Roeburndale & Littledale
Wray
Wennington
Lowgill & Tatham Fells
Tunstall
Wrayton
Cantsfield
Low Bentham
Melling
Hornby
Claughton & Caton Green
Keasden
Clapham
Yealand Conyers
Yealand Redmayne
Burrow Overtown & Cowan Bridge

Ireby
Barbon & Middleton
Casterton
Silverdale
Storth
Mansergh
Hincaster
Gawthrop
Ingleton
Thornton-in-Lonsdale
Bleasdale
Goosnargh
Brookhouse
Inglewhite
Preston Patrick, Old Hutton
& Homescales, New Hutton
Lawkland, Eldroth, Wharfe
& Feizor, Austwick
Chapel-le-Dale
Over Kellet
Crawford
Kearstwick
Kirkby Lonsdale
Chipping
Lowgill (Cumbria) Selside

Oakenclough
Lupton
Cautley
Frostrow & Millthrop
Garsdale
Nether Kellet
Howgill
Levens
Cowan Bridge, Leck & Ireby, Masongill
Hutton Roof & High Biggins
Caton and Brookhouse
Dentdale
Hincaster
Stainton
Firbank, Howgill
& Marthwaite, Killington
Burton-in-Kendal
Sedbergh (Rural)
Capenhurst & Ledsham
Scole
Allen Valleys:
Allendale Town
Catton
Spartylea
Hayton
Whitfield

Caton
Inglewhite
Ingleton
Over Kellet
Nether Kellet
Bleasdale
Crawford
Chipping
Mint & Sprint

Rathmell
Kirkby Lonsdale
Levens
Crooklands
Preston Richard
Calder Vale
Burton-in-Kendal
Dunsop Bridge
Heversham

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 other broadband ISPs (Internet service providers) 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

B4RN Broadband Reviews

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Superb
B4RN broadband review by Trevor 8 days ago
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I have a holiday lodge using B4RN and at home I have BT. No comparison! B4RN is brilliant in the middle of the countryside whilst BT is hopeless in a large conurbation. Need I say more?
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Better than perfect
B4RN broadband review by DavidS 8 days ago
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B4RN, being community driven, is the ideal gigabit FTTP broadband supplier. My personal rating for B4RN is “Better than perfect”...
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If your in coverage get it!
B4RN broadband review by John Smith 8 days ago
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Moved from a 6 Meg adsl service to the B4RN gig service and its awesome. Took time to convince family it was a wise investments to dig across an extensive lawn and driveway due to where B4rn had left our connection but was well worth the digger hire costs for us.

No downtime experienced and call quality much better than BT and cheaper using a SIP service
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    Liz 8 days ago
    B4RN will kindly 'leave' your connection at the boundary of your property. The property owner is responsible for digging their own land.
Best in Class for everything
B4RN broadband review by Adam Laycock 8 days ago
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I have a B4RN connection at home and its out of this world. 950+Mb/s to my desktop machine and other wired devices. The minor outages I've had have been fixed straight away, one was even sorted by an engineer on his way into work in the 30 minutes between me reporting it and B4RN calling me to ask about it.

I've had the pleasure of working with them at a number of schools and found their engineers extemley helpful and able to do anything we need.

Overall B4RN is a model for how ISPs should be.
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Brilliant
B4RN broadband review by Ingrid 8 days ago
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Fast, reliable and great price. Lovely people to deal with too.
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Excellent service and price
B4RN broadband review by Steve Thorns 8 days ago
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We helped dig in B4RN into Borwick & Priest Hutton over 5 years ago. Great fun doing the digging when I could and made friends with neighbours at the same time. The service is excellent - on my PC wired in around 950 MB both up and down, On my iPad & iPhone - around 169 MB download and 299 MB upload.

All for £25 pcm plus VAT - never gone up.

Only one outage in 5 years for about 30 minutes on a Saturday.
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State of the art for domestic internet connections
B4RN broadband review by Andrew Skinner 8 days ago
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A true 1Gbit/s connection. Works well with local support. Depends on volunteer labour so if you cannot raise the team it won't be installable in your neck of the woods.
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B4RN in a barn; gigabit in the middle of nowhere
B4RN broadband review by Huge 9 days ago
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I live in the middle of a field in Norfolk, and yet I have gigabit, fully duplex, uncontended internet access. Even though I had an adequate (22Mbps) service from BT, it was so unreliable and the customer service so poor that I was desperate to get away from them. B4RN have been a revelation. Tech support who understand technology (not once have I been asked "Switch it off and on again"), engineering support for faults that's way faster than BT's "wait 4 days" nonsense (who can do that in the 21st Century?), despite them having to travel down from Lancashire on occasion and reliability that BT can only dream of; no longer do I cringe and wait for the service to disappear when it's windy (B4RN's services are all underground). I'm very, very pleased I went to the bother (and expense) of digging up my yard to lay the duct that carries the fibre, and since B4RN are cheaper than my previous ISP, I shall recoup that money eventually, anyway! And now my wife can stream an HD movie on Netflix, I can be on Spotify and downloading a Linux kernel and it "just works". Wonderful.

The only minor concern I have is whether they can survive the inevitable "growing pains" of a small and successful company - I was an early customer of Demon Internet, so I've been through that once already!
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