Can it really happen?


Can it really happen?

Can we really get fibre optic broadband to everyone in the rural community of Appleby? Other communities are already doing it.

B4RN, Broadband for the Rural North based in Lancashire, UK, started out in 2012 to combat the same problem. They were originally planning to cover 23 parishes. At time of writing, they are now live, installing or planning to cover 60 parishes. They are expanding at a tremendous rate; in April 2016 they had 1654 properties connected. A year later in April 2017, they had 2846 properties an increase of about 1192 in just 12 months and they are not stopping there, aiming to connect another 2000 customers this year!

They are not just providing Internet connections though, they are also creating jobs! In 2014 they employed 1 person. 3 years later they are employing 15 and are looking to recruit more.

Whist we are looking to start smaller, the network design allows for easy expansion into other areas allowing other communities to receive true fibre optic broadband and the speeds that go with it.

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