Bank Hall Close goes live

Back in July the residents of Bank Hall Close prepared their properties before the main trunk routes were installed around the Sports Field. This meant that as soon as their chamber was ready to accept fibre optic cable, they would be able to have the first live B4RN connections to houses in the centre of the village.

The left-hand photograph shows the outside of the house fitting kit. It’s very easy to install and many residents do this themselves, but if you are getting somebody to fit it for you, you will need to decide where you want the fibre optic cable to enter your house. You might also need permission from a neighbour for your duct to cross their property to reach yours. This is the reason why residents need to be talking to one another now about how best to connect their properties.

The right-hand photograph shows the inside view, with the B4RN hub connected to the house fitting kit backplate. Thanks to Nick Browne for posting this picture of his new hub.

And now for the speed test!

You may have already seen this on our facebook page. Thanks to Mick Kenyon for posting his speedtest while he still had his BT connection. The download speed from his new B4RN connection is comfortably more than ten times the speed that he was getting, but the difference is even greater with his upload speed. However, these are just the figures he obtained with WiFi!

Once Mick had connected his iMac to his hub with a cat7 ethernet cable, this was the result his £30 per month B4RN service is able to provide. For a professional photographer, who also develops websites for a living, these upload speeds are very handy. Obviously, Mick is now very pleased with his new B4RN connection!

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Do you want B4RN like Bank Hall Close?

On Thursday, the six households in Bank Hall Close (next to Curlew Crafts and the Community Centre) dug themselves to a B4RN connection.

Training at Melling

If you too want to get the world’s best internet connection, it’s up to you.

We are going to prioritise the areas where we have trained volunteers.

B4RN are holding a training session especially for Ingleton on Wednesday 26th, 7pm-9pm at B4RN HQ in Melling. Message our Facebook for car-sharing, say you’re interested, pass this message on to your neighbours!

Network plan

We’ve finally got there: B4RN have given us our official Ingleton route plan and spreadsheet. This has been a long time in the making; it’s essentially official go-ahead from B4RN for the network plan that we (in particular our lead champion, John Rogers) have been working on for so long. Thanks to Dave Ryall at B4RN for sorting out the 1,200 Ingleton addresses!

More about the Bank Hall Close dig

The dig was coordinated by Jenny & Lee Cartledge. They hosted us and Jenny provided tea, coffee, iced water (with lemon slices!), biscuits etc then treated us to home made lentil soup and artisan bread from Season’s Bakery at lunchtime. We were very well looked after!

Orange ducts are in the ground to all but one house, and training on fitting home kits done, with more to come. Fitting of kits to be done shortly. B4RN will then blow their fibres, and they will go live.

Volunteers: Phil Papard, Jenny Wood, Lee Cartledge, Nigel Thompson, John Rogers, Mick Kenyon and Paul (unsure of surname, and apologies if I’ve missed anyone out!)

It was a remarkable example of what can be achieved by a determined group.

Martyn Sutton & Pete Montgomery
Hyperfast Ingleton volunteers

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The village cabinet is live

That is all.

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A note from Walter

A note from B4RN’s 1,000,000th shareholder

Walter Wilcox (pictured being presented with B4RN’s millionth share) sent us this kind note. Walter has been very supportive of the Ingleton project from the beginning. Thanks Walter!

A post from a VERY enthusiastic B4RN supporter (and rather miffed) southerner.

The first picture of a strange wrinkly (car park attendant) you see on the first video is me; feeling VERY cold in the “gentle breeze” at the inaugural dig above Quernmore in 2012. I am the first and millionth shareholder all the way from Surrey where I had a future-proof Grant-awarded project until it was destroyed.

I would like to emphasise the importance of the near-unique (for the UK) fully future proofed symmetric high-reliability design. Every cabinet will eventually have at least TWO fibre feeds capable of vast amounts of internet traffic well into the future. Multiple feeds are provided so that a cabinet can suffer a cable break without losing service to the majority of those connected to it.

Hyperfast 1,000 Mbps (Mega-bits per second) is actually far more than most houses can consume today unless you have a family of Victorian proportions or many visitors all using different web services.

Similarly most people can survive with different download speeds to your computers and TVs compared to slower upload speeds to the internet. However that’s beginning to change as many people are now storing their data on the internet using e.g. DropBox services. Multi-way video chats and conferencing facilities require similar down and up load speeds too. They are increasing in use as it saves a lot of remote meeting time and car travel too.

The really good news is that the B4RN network design is immediately capable of vast expansion at very little additional expense. Just as one example B4RN’s plans started with just eight Parishes connected to the internet in Manchester but has already “exploded” to over 50 and is shortly to have a second internet connection in Edinburgh. It follows that in the future any other parish along that main internet route can be added just as soon as the residents raise the cash and dig in their ducts.

The really REALLY good news is that everyone in any location** within a parish that has buried the ducts can and WILL be connected to this magnificent service at the bargain price of only £30.00 per month inc. VAT plus a connection fee for the equipment of just £150.00. Even the fee is waived for shareholders contributing £1,500.

** One of the longer services that has already been installed is over 3 km to Leck Fell Farm.

Many of you will know that the major Telcos have already announced increases in their charges this year. However, as B4RN is a Community Interest Company, all surplus MUST, by law, only benefit the community rather than the shareholders. In the future the shareholders will decide whether the surplus should be used to decrease the fees or whether to award money to other community projects.

Finally I have observed recently that some shops and services have closed down in the village but I have also observed that a stronger community spirit results from all the volunteers working together. Apart from the domestic benefits of a hyperfast broadband service (and increased house price value) more businesses and visitors will be attracted to the area. I very much hope you will see these regeneration opportunities blossom over the next few years.

Ingleton will be a special installation challenge due to its quite dense central area buildings and “mountainous scenery”. May I wish you all good fortune and Godspeed with your challenge that I’m convinced will be well on the way to completion this year.

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Hello Ingleton!

Welcome to our new website!

This is the first post, which is not much more than a test. You can see from the archives on our Facebook page that we’ve had a web presence for well over a year, but until now, having our own website hasn’t really been top of our priority list.

But…. this year the Ingleton B4RN project is really gaining momentum in the village, and it is time for the most ambitious B4RN community project of all time to have its own website!

Credit for the lovely photo taken last year under the viaduct goes to Sue Best.

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