- B4RNorth - Lancashire, Yorkshire & Cumbria
- B4RN - the original project, covering Lancashire & Yorkshire
- B4YS - sub-project bringing B4RN to the villages of Yealand, Silverdale & Storth
- Clapham Hyperfast - sub-project bringing B4RN to Clapham, Keasden, Newby and Mewith
- Bentham Hyperfast - sub-project bringing B4RN to Bentham
- LEWFA Hyperfast - sub-project bringing B4RN to Lawkland, Eldroth, Wharfe, Feizor and Austwick in the Yorkshire Dales
- B4SW - sub-project bringing B4RN to South Westmoorland
- B4HR - sub-project bringing B4RN to Hutton Roof
- Gigabit Broadband - a separate organisation, working with B4RN to bring the B4RN network to the north of Preston
- B4RN Hornby and Farleton - sub-project bringing B4RN to Hornby and Farleton
- B4PR - sub-project bringing B4RN to Preston Richard Parish - Endmoor, Summerlands, Low Park, Birkrigg, Milton, Crooklands, LA8 LA7
- B4RN Barbon & Middleton - sub-project bringing B4RN to the villages of Barbon & Middleton
- B4RN Parkfoot - sub-project bringing B4RN to Parkfoot
- Caton & Brookhouse B4RN - sub-project bringing B4RN to Caton & Brookhouse
- B4RN 4 Halton - sub-project bringing B4RN to Halton village
- B4RN Casterton - sub-project bringing B4RN to Casterton
- B4RN OK - sub-project bringing B4RN to Over Kellet
- B4RN Warton - sub-project bringing B4RN to Warton
- Hyperfast Dentdale and Garsdale - sub-project bringing B4RN to Dentdale and Garsdale
- F4RN - independent of B4RN. Covering rural Nottinghamshire. They aren't so far away from B4RN - maybe one day the two networks will be joined together? Currently 100Mbps but with roadmapped improvements over time.
- Gig4BIT - Scottish Borders
Non gigabit projects with B4RN-like names
Other rural projects, many using the B4RN business model
- B4GAL - not a gigabit project. Campaign group in rural Glencaple and Lowther, Scotland.
- B4RDS - campaign group in rural Devon and Somerset including 4 zones now to be covered by Gigaclear.
- B4Kernow - campaign group in rural Cornwall.
- B4RL - campaign group in rural Lincolnshire.
- FibreGarDen (digitaldales) - rural Cumbria villages of Garsdale and Dentdale. Project stalled due to funding difficulties and contractor dispute. Obsoleted by Hyperfast Dentdale and Garsdale sub-project of B4RN.
- Hucklow Net - Great Hucklow, Derbyshire
- Tove Valley - South Northamptonshire
- Herefordshire - 100Mbps
- CommunityFibre - London
- SWICH - independent of B4RN. Covering a small community in Devon in the South West of England.
- FibreLincs - independend of B4RN. Covering Lincolnshire. Abandoned due to GigaClear rollout to many communities. (but see B4RL).
- Cybermoor - co-op providing 50Mbps fibre
- West Oxfordshire (cotswolds) - 100Mbps fibre-to-the-home. Acquired by Gigaclear.
- Lothian Broadband - 30Mbps using fixed wireless.
Dark fibre suppliers
- Zayo - they acquired Geo Networks which was the dark fibre company that has routes along the high pressure gas pipeline.
- Gigaclear - a commercial provider bringing ultrafast (~500Mbps) broadband to Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Essex in partnership with BT; and to Devon & Somerset
- Gigler -ISP in Bournemouth, part of CityFibre
- Hyperoptic - ISP installing and maintaining a fibre network in West London
- CityFibre - a commercial provider with rings around 40 cities and large towns including Aberdeen, Bracknell, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Southampton and Yorkshire.
- SSE - Scottish Energy
- Virgin - telecommunications company providing FTTP to 250k homes in 30 communities (as of Nov 2016).
Useful sites about rural broadband
Useful sites about benefit societies
- Community Companies - some good general info about the different company vehicles available
- Community Shares Unit - information, support and assistance with setting up a community shares scheme
- Co-Op - support, information and assistance with setting up a a co-operative or mutual benefit society
- Doogal - mapping parishes to postcodes. Also provides population & household info by postcode although this info is readily available elsewhere.
- Google Earth - free mapping software, can be used for manual route planning
- Q-GIS - free mapping & route planning software
- Network maps - website with useful links, from TelecomRamblings
- Where I Live - Norfolk County Council
- Batch Coordinate Converter - Convert eastings/northings into latitude/longitude
Suppliers commonly used by rural broadband projects. This is not an endorsement, the information is provided to help new projects work on their business and finance plans.
- Rainford Solutions - suppliers of OSP Cabinets. B4RN case study.
- GM Plast DK - suppliers of microduct, flatliners, ducting, fibre, tools, access chambers, fibre (passive) street cabinets, etc. They also have some informative videos on YouTube.
- emtelle - suppliers of microduct, flatliners, ducting, fibre, tools, access chambers, fibre (passive) street cabinets, etc. They also have some informative videos on YouTube. Based in Scotland.
- Netgear - suppliers of M5300-28GF3, a reasonable and inexpensive fibre switch. 24x gigabit fibre ports, 2x SFP+ for 10Gigabit Ethernet backbone.
- Juniper - suppliers of MX240 edge-of-network router
- TNP - Company B4RN used (local to B4RN) to manage BGP stuff on the MX240 as well as OSPF configs
- Smartoptics - DWDM with EDFAs supporting 32 wavelengths (16 bi/di ch)
- APC Schneider Electric - uninterruptible power supplies
- Genexis - residential gateway. The manufacturer is based in The Netherlands.
- DWDM - primer on wavelength division multiplexing
- DWDM - another primer. This one is from SmartOptics
- Peering db - which telcos and ISPs peer where?
- FTTH Council - an industry organisation whose mission is to accelerate the availability of fibre-based, ultra-high-speed access networks for the benefit of consumers and businesses.
Organisations to involve early
- Young Farmers
- CLA - Membership association for owners of land, property and businesses in England and Wales
- NFU - National Farmers Union
- Anglia Farmers - largest agricultural purchasing group in the UK
- Norfolk Education Network - part of NCC's ICT Services