The main focus has been to install house equipment and the service ducts which feed them. Over the last month we have completed about 40 and our totals are now 307 with live services and 76 with connections-only making a total of 383. There is some rivalry between groups in different areas of the B4RN region. One Sunday we attempted and succeeded in beating the B4RN world record for the number of fusing of routers. This means the joining of the end of the glass fibre to the special terminal which connects to the router. In twelve hours of work we raised the record from 28 to 33.
The project was started in September 2015. The first 18 months were devoted mainly to agreeing routes and wayleaves with landowners, and raising investment funds to finance the work. During the last 18 months we have been installing the network on most days whatever the weather. We think we will finish in mid-October. After that date the group of volunteers will be disbanded. Therefore, the IMPORTANT MESSAGE of this monthly update is that you must contact us very soon if you have not yet registered to be connected to B4RN. We are working through the list of those who sent in expressions of interest. If they have not heard from us, we will contact them in the next few weeks to clarify whether they want only a connection or a full service. After we have disbanded, residents will have to make their own arrangements to be connected if they have not registered. We continue to urge house owners to dig a trench across their gardens to where the service is to enter the house; the volunteers are unpaid and do not have the time to do this simple job. We can advise on the exact route – just call Arthur to arrange a visit on 01539 725955.