Get inspired by the B4RN Story

So it can be done. Now it’s time to start this kind of initiatives all over the world!

Blandin on Broadband

I have written about B4RN before– they are the farmers in Lancashire England who have built their own fiber network. BBC News reports…

After deciding that they were never likely to get a fast broadband connection from one of the major suppliers, a group of local people across this sparsely populated area decided that sitting around moaning about it was not an option. Instead they began a DIY effort, digging channels across the fields and laying fibre optic cables.

It’s an inspirational stone soup sort of story…

They have exploited all sorts of local expertise – from the Lancaster University professor who is an expert in computer networks to the farmer’s wife who has just retired from a career in IT support. The cooperation of local landowners has been vital – free access to fields has made it much cheaper to roll out the network. BT and other companies which…

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