There are many advantages in submitting an expression of interest:
- It is not a commitment. It will help us to plan the route of the fibre network; the planning has already started for this.
- We strongly advise residents to ask for a connection (£150) even if they do not want to use the service (£30/month). This will give them the option of starting to use the service in the future. There is no guarantee that a connection could be made after the network has been completed and the voluntary work groups have been disbanded. There might then also be a higher cost.
- A connection to hyperfast broadband will significantly increase the value of homes and businesses.
- No other provider can offer a similar service in terms of speed, reliability and cost. B4RN provides a speed of 1000Mbps at all times for both uploads and downloads with unlimited usage.
- Use of the internet will increase in the coming years and will require more speed. The B4RN network is future-proof for probably a century.
We are pleased to record that on the 14th November, after only three weeks of fund-raising, we have received offers of over £175,000 to buy B4RN shares and £44,000 in loans to B4RN. This will give us an excellent start in buying equipment to put the network into the ground but will not be sufficient to complete the job. We ask, if you are new to the project, that you think about including an investment in your expression of interest. There is a significant tax advantage in buying shares as well as a free connection if the investment is £1500 or more. Meanwhile, our funding working party is preparing applications for grants from funding bodies but it will be several months before we hear the result from any of them and they will all be for small amounts.
The low prices for constructing and running the network are only possible because landowners kindly give free wayleaves and because the actual installation of the duct for the optical fibre will be done largely by volunteers. We have received 75 definite offers of help and another 48 have said they might volunteer. Many hands make light work so if you can help, please do so. Much more information about this will be distributed in the next few weeks.
An important message from this update is that B4RN have confirmed that our project can go ahead. This means that hyperfast broadband will come to your home if you want it. If you have not yet submitted an expression of interest form, please do so in order to facilitate our route planning which has already started. We want to make sure we do not miss out anyone who decides they want to connect to the network when it is built. We cannot predict exactly when the network will reach you but the more investment we get the faster it is likely to be built.
If you have any questions, please phone or email:
Arthur Robinson, Secretary of B4SW, 01539 725955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Martyn Welch, New Hutton parish coordinator, 01539 724836 or email email@example.com
John Heap, Old Hutton and Holmescales parish coordinator, 01539 738759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Winter, Preston Patrick parish coordinator, 015395 67383 or email email@example.com