Tuesday, 19 November 2019 from 19:00-21:00 Burton Morewood School
Village meeting to demonstrate B4RN and discuss the next steps for village wide roll out. Please put the date in your diary and spread the word.
With the help of Sue Caddy & Martin Lange (both quite rightly nominated for an INCA Gold award www.inca.coop/news/awards-shortlist-2019) two more houses on the Head End have had fibre blown to them today.
We have also patched and connected our first residential & business customers on Morewood Drive.They have received Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) vouchers from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) which reduces our parishes overall installation costs. I think it would be fair to say that they are blown away by the consistency and speed of the B4RN service so far. Because both the customers dug their own conduit in from their boundary to where the router has been located they will receive £150 & £300 respectively for the residential and business connection back from B4RN now they are connected.They will both pay £30 per month for an 'all you can use' service and will be able to serve notice on their respective broadband companies. There is no line rental to pay and they are looking forward to taking up a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service which will save them a significant amount of money whilst allowing them to keep their existing phone number.
Those people who either don’t have time or are not able to dig the conduit in can use the £150 for residents & £300 for businesses to pay a contractor to dig the connection in on their behalf. This will potentially make the roll out of B4RN for the village significantly quicker.
A before and after speed test from both properties, these were both previously fed by different suppliers but both used copper connections to enter the properties. Note the significantly better ping time as well showing a quicker response to and from the server.
We have the pleasure of announcing that the B4RN cabinet in Burton is live as of today and Burton Morewood School has received a free 1000 Megabits per second connection. This marks the completion of Phase One of our project to deliver a Gigabit connection to our village.
We would like to thank all the people who have made this vision a reality, there are too many to name in an individual email but include the landowners who kindly gave permission for the connection to pass across their land; the people who invested to allow us to build the infrastructure; the people who gave up their time to dig the core route and local connections in; the people at B4RN who have supported & facilitated this community project; the people in the village who have championed our cause and gone door to door for expressions of interest; the B4RN champions from other villages in particular Silverdale who have given expert help, advice and time with us to keep our project on track.
The house connections have commenced for those properties directly connected to the B4RN cabinet, this includes properties on Morewood Drive & Boon Walks.
We await B4RN blowing and splicing the core route fibres but we have a continuous run of conduit from Dalton all the way to the B4RN cabinet at Burton Morewood School. We are on a short list of projects in B4RN space to get this done imminently.
B4RN have carried out the Caterpillar Walk Crossing.
B4RN have carried out the road crossing across Vicarage Lane. This means we have a continuous conduit run from Dalton to the B4RN cabinet at Burton Morewood School.
We have dug a trench behind the B4RN cabinet to allow an electrical connection to be made to the school next week.
We’ve had a really busy day digging today, thank you to our volunteers who helped in the baking heat and humidity, Steve Thexton, Ollie Craig, and Martin Sansby.
We’ve dug in the last 80 metres of core conduit from the back of Morewood Drive and linked it to the final chamber on route one. This means we need a road crossing for Vicarage Lane and a pedestrian crossing for Caterpillar walk (both booked in with B4RN civil team) to give us a continuous run from the school cabinet to Dalton where the connection is live.
My favourite quote of the day was from Steve Thexton who likened installing B4RN in these conditions to installing high speed internet in a tropical rainforest!
B4RN is coming along and we should start mole ploughing fields in the next week or so (weather dependant).
Firstly to express an interest, go HERE We are now looking for investment in the project. Interest is paid from day one at 5% subject to minimum investment term of 3 years and interest rates subject to annual review. Invest £1,500 and get a free connection (usual cost £150). People can invest by visiting HERE We have a good team assembling who are going door to door with this information, are you able to help with your area? Do you know anyone else who may be able to help us? If so please contact us as soon as possible.