This site is to tell you about the work of the volunteer groups in South Norfolk which are delivering hyperfast broadband (1000Mb up and downstream) to various parishes in Norfolk and Suffolk and most importantly to seek YOUR involvement. If there are any super-geeks out there a 10Gb service is now available as well.
We are all following the model used by B4RN and the service is provided by them once installed by local volunteers and their experts.
If you are wondering what we mean by amazing broadband … B4RN is a professionally designed fibre optic broadband network, registered as a non-profit community benefit society, and run by a dedicated local team with the support of landowners and volunteers. We offer hyperfast (1,000Mbps) FTTH broadband to every property in our coverage areas, costing households only £30 per month, which we think is amazing anywhere ! Note this is 1000Mbs NOT an up to service. EVERY customer router gets a 1000M connection to the internet – both upload and download.
You can find more about B4RN here. This will open in a new tab. Remember B4RN has thousands of users all connected by the power of communities just like ours. As B4RN started in the North west most connections and examples are there. Let’s show everyone that Norfolk can do it just as well !
While this site is for volunteer groups and volunteers and their communities B4RN appointed a full time member of their staff based here to support and aid groups progress their projects at the end of July 2018.
To follow the steps involved in a parish roll-out please look at The Heywood parish page under parishes. As the author of the site lives there and is one of the parish champions a detailed progress through the stages will be added so others can see the steps involved
The service is delivered by the community for the community. This means we need volunteers to put in the service and investors to share the cost of funding the project. B4RN investments can be very attractive financially but should be thought firstly and foremost as the way to a great broadband service for the locality. We also seek volunteers to do the majority of the installation work. As you will see from the link volunteering can take many forms – from digging trenches to making tea and signing up potential users. It is because of the community involvement that the service can be delivered so cheaply. B4RN relies massively on the generosity and help of landowners and farmers. There is only one way we can build an affordable network, connecting even the most rural properties, and that is with their local knowledge, assistance and free wayleave permissions.