Delivering gigabit broadband to
everybody in our community
Delivering benefits to all in our community
Our broadband project is a rare and very special opportunity for our community. We have the chance
to do something as a community that most communities will not be able to. By working together to
build our gigabit broadband network we will benefit residents, businesses, key institutions, and
our whole community now and for many decades to come.
Benefits to residents and local businesses
The immediate benefit of building our own full fibre network will be the
improvement in the internet connection for those people and businesses
that currently have very poor connections (many with less than 10Mbps
and some with less than 1Mbps).........We live in a society that is becoming increasingly digital
and a reliable and fast internet connection is now an essential
utility that everybody needs to play a full and active part in
our modern society.
Those in our community that currently have ‘Superfast’ broadband
will also notice immediate improvements: the speed of your
connection will no longer depend on how long your phone line is,
there will no longer be a slowing down of your connection at
busy times, no more buffering and, no more difficulties cause
when several family members need to use the internet at
the same time.
There will also be long term benefits of building our own
network for everybody. On average the number of devices in
our homes that connect to the internet is increasing and the
development of streaming media technology, video conferencing
(e.g., zoom) and cloud storage and collaboration mean there
will be a continuing need for faster broadband. The 1Gbps
symmetrical connection provided by our community broadband
network will be fast enough to meet all of our needs for
many decades to come.
Benefits to local institutions
An important benefit of building our own community gigabit broadband network is
that we can give the key institutions of the Hospice, the church, and the
Primary School free connections ..........
to our network and free gigabit broadband service forever. This will
significantly improve upon the current broadband connections these
institutions have (the church currently does not have a broadband
connection) and, in the case of the Hospice and the Primary school,
will save them thousands of pounds each year.
The B4RN community is aware that as the size of the network grows
(as it expands into more communities like ours) the revenue from
the increasing number of monthly subscriptions will exceed the running
costs of the network ..........(this will happen without increasing the £30 monthly subscription
charge). Since the B4RN community is registered as a ‘Community
Benefit Society’ by law any surplus revenue needs to be returned
to the communities. Any funds returned to communities will need
to be used in a way that benefits the whole community.