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1000 Mbps Internet

Community Broadband Project

B4RN IGb/s Internet Connectivity just got a step closer ..

The B4MS Community Broadband Project will bring B4RN FTTP (fibre to the premises) connectivity to The Hyning Estate offering a gigabit symmetrical connection (1000Mbps).

The enclosures that will carry the fragile fibre (that you can see in the third photo) are now in place both inside and outside The Estate Office and we now await the trenching machines ...

B4RN External Enclosure

B4RN Internal Enclosure

B4RN Internal Enclosure (showing fibres)

The new connection will offer guests lightning-fast connectivity but in order to make full use of this we also need to upgrade the WiFi in each of the Guest Properties. We are therefore testing new WiFi-6 meshed access points which will be connected by 1Gb/s ethernet cables linked back to layer 2 switches to provide a seamless WiFi mesh with a capacity of up to 1.2Gb/s and managed client transfer between nodes.

WiFi Test

The B4MS Community Project (Broadband for the Mint and Sprint), which began digging in July 2018 was in two phases the first (now complete) to the West of the River Mint (taking in the whole of Longsleddale) and the second to the East of the River Mint which includes The Hyning Estate.

DWN Ookla

The second phase was delayed due to problems finding a community location for the communications cabinet (with contractor access and power) and then by COVID but these issues have been resolved and digging will restart soon..

Longsleddale B4MS Thank-you Cake

The new service is being provided by Broadband for the Rural North Ltd or ‘B4RN’ which was launched in December 2011 by a local volunteer group led by industry expert Barry Forde. Registered as a community benefit society with the FSA (under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965) it can never be bought by a commercial operator and its profits can only be distributed to the community.

Barry Forde’s background as an industry leading UK specialist in networking, particularly wide area fibre networks, means B4RN is professionally designed to world class standards; fast, resilient, expandable and futureproof. Chris Conder and Lindsey Annison as founding members of the team brought experience from other local community wireless mesh and fibre networks. Monica Lee brought management skills, and so B4RN was born. In 2015 both Barry and Chris were included on the Queen’s Honours list and awarded MBEs.