Wednesday, 25 July 2012

B4RN project speeds ahead

The B4RN at work laying cables earlier this month. Photo: B4RN
(with thanks to Martyn Dews): Matters are moving apace at B4RN, the community-based rural fibre optic project connecting up Lancaster's nearby villages to superfast broadband.

Digging of the phase one ducting has reached the outskirts of Quernmore and is heading over to Abbeystead. Houses en route are being connected with ducting of similar thickness to TV cable, ready for the fibre optic to be blown to carry 1000Mbps connectivity.

The hub of this activity lies in Quernmore, where one of the two nerve centres is sited. This links all B4RN users to the internet via the Geo fibre which runs through this picturesque valley.

A green coloured cabinet, which houses all the necessary electronics for this wizardry, sits unobtrusively in the village and has recently been powered and populated ready to revolutionise internet connectivity for the residents of the core route between the parishes.

Many people in the B4RN area are on very low internet connection speeds, with many still limited to dial up or expensive satellites. This is set to change when speeds 3000 times faster are available to many in the next few weeks.

• For all the latest news on this development visit: http://b4rn.org.uk/news

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