Rural Lancashire Folk Building Their Own Fibre Network

By Gary Cutlack on at

Frustrated by not seeing their remote rural exchanges pop up on BT's lists for updates to fibre, a group of Lancashire residents have decided to raise money to install their own community fibre link.

The B4RN project needs to raise £1.86m in funding to pay for cables and conduits, plus the cost of training up the locals to install the cabling themselves. The money is being raised by the issue of shares in the non-profit organisation, with future subscribers agreeing to pay £30 per month and investing in shares to make it happen.

700 locals have already registered an interest in signing up, plus the scheme has received public support from the Duke of Westminster and European Commission VP Neelie Kroes.

The end result will be a privately owned fibre-to-the-home network capable of speeds up to 1Gbps. Property prices will rocket. [B4RN via BBC]

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