Small UK Town Lays Its Own Fibre Broadband

A small town in the United Kingdom has taken matters into its own hands and decided to deploy its own super fast broadband. Instead of waiting for major providers to bring them fiber internet, something they figured might never happen, the people of Arkholme in Lancashire decided to set up their own fiber internet.

The BBC reports that Arkholme residents have been digging trenches across the fields and laying fiber optic cables by themselves as part of the B4RN project. Local landowners have given B4RN free access to their fields, something big-name providers can only dream of. As a result, the BBC writes that they can deploy the network for a fraction of the cost.

B4RN describes itself as a community fiber network and aims to provide gigabit internet to homes for £30 per month. While those signing up for the service aren't required to buy B4RN shares to get connected, B4RN is in need of funding and the more people investing, the faster the network can be deployed. According to the BBC, another £1.5m is needed to complete the full 265KM network. You can also donate to the B4RN project via the B4RN website.

Arkholme on Thursday held an open day at its village hall and invited residents of the village to come and try the speeds out for themselves.

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  • mayankleoboy1
    thats nothing. In India, people lay their own roads and their own railway platforms.
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  • Pherule
    mayankleoboy1thats nothing. In India, people lay their own roads and their own railway platforms.

    I would be happy with fibre broadband and no roads. Kinda.
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  • Wisecracker
    After living with craptastic broadband services, 6 or 7 local communities in North Carolina (generally, 20-30k in population) laid fiber and set up their own systems, managed by independent boards.

    It pee'd off the cable and telcoms, so they went to the state assembly and had laws passed that set the bar so high it is now near-impossible for communities to do so in the future.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    thats nothing. In India, people lay their own roads and their own railway platforms.
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  • merikafyeah
    Laying the physical cables is one thing. Connecting to the rest of the world is another.
    You'd need access to a local internet exhange point to become your own ISP and connect to the rest of the world.

    Unless of course you want to rely on another ISP's fiber services to connect to the broader internet.
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  • Pherule
    mayankleoboy1thats nothing. In India, people lay their own roads and their own railway platforms.

    I would be happy with fibre broadband and no roads. Kinda.
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