Since this blogpost for Kirkby Lonsdale started nearly a year ago, we have been working non-stop on a plan to bring fibre to our area. This is now being put into action and its called B4RN, Broadband for the Rural North. You can find all the info about it here: B4RN
About B4RN

The purpose of B4RN is to build a fibre optic network which will differ from a standard BT or telecom company offer. It will be a high quality 1Gbps (1000Mbps) future proofed solution, owned and operated by the community. Read more about the project - Maps, Timeline, Business Plan, Management Team.

B4RN is a community benefit society registered with the Financial Services Authority under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965, similar to a co-operative. Everyone is invited to become a member and buy Shares in B4RN. Services offered include 1Gbps symmetrical broadband.

Our initial schedule is aggressive and we need potential subscribers and shareholders to express a no-obligation interest AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to decide whether to proceed or to seek an alternative route. Please complete the Registration Form on our website to express an interest.
NB: December 2011 this point has been reached and we are proceeding. Communities will be connected to the core route in the order of highest number of subscribers first.

This community can lead the way for many other rural businesses, farms, and consumers who want to see the job done once, and done right.