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B4RN ULTRA HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND INITIATIVE – AN UP
For those who may not know the B4RN ultra high-speed broadband project is an initiative to bring ultra-high speed fibre optic broadband service to rural areas. It is run by the community for the community with future profits promised to go back into the community and with a stated aim to provide broadband speeds of 1000Mbps by bringing a fibre optic cable into your house for a proposed £150 connection fee plus £30 per month.
Why did the B4RN initiative come about? Well if you use the internet on a regular basis because your children need to do school work, you work or run a business from home or need to do online shopping then you will require an internet service that is readily available, reliable, speedy and affordable, something the current broadband service struggles to achieve. In future such things as doctors, dentists and hospital appointments, dealing with banks and utility companies will increasingly be done online which the existing services will struggle to accommodate. B4RN aims to remedy this by introducing ultra high-speed broadband services. Go to for more details.
So what is the current state of affairs with regard to B4RN in the immediate area around Burston and Shimpling.
At a recent meeting held in Gissing, a B4RN spokesperson reported that a distribution or breakout point is planned at Billingford on the A143, tapping into the main fibre optic network linking Great Yarmouth and London. B4RN then plan to connect villages in the immediate vicinity who have enough households interested in their service. Currently Thelveton and Tivettshall St Mary are about to have their networks planned, designed and costed.
Ideally Burston and Shimpling would need to be in this group to benefit from this planned expansion. A threshold of 50% of households in the community need to express an interest to initiate the first stage of having a dedicated network designed and costed. A number of households have already signed up to the initiative and anybody wishing to join them can go to to express their interest.
The Parish Council supports the concept of better broadband services to the villages either by upgrading the existing network or by new service providers. For further information on the B4RN project contact Jane Fishwick who is the local champion for the B4RN initiative at Jane Fishwick and head the email B4RN.
Author: Burston & Shimpling Steering Group
Uploaded: 03 December 2017