B4AV community broadband is part of B4RN ( Broadband for the Rural North ) a registered non-profit community benefit society. Its a professionally designed fibre optic broadband network, using the very latest WDM technology, We offer 1,000Mbps FTTH ( Fibre To The House ) broadband, to every property in our coverage area. This is the worlds fastest most reliable internet connection and only available to 3% of the UK, so register here to say your interested in joining our scheme.
A Community Benefit Society is registered within the Industrial and Provident Societies and is a not for profit social enterprise. This community broadband service can only operate for the good of the community and can only be owned as a social enterprise. Its running costs are easily sustained and its profits can only be distributed to the community. In the future, projects like village hall refurbishments, community group activities or environmental projects, will all be able to apply to us for grant assistance.
"B4RN is all about community, and we need community support in every area we expand into. This comes in the form of investors, local volunteers and supportive landowners.
The B4AV Service is run by a dedicated local team with the support of landowners and volunteers. We offer 1,000 Mbps broadband to every property in the East and West Allen Valleys and Langley area, costing households only £30 per month. See interactive map for coverage <
1,000 Mbps or Hyperspeed Broadband is about 100 times faster than the BT broadband service This is delivered by fibre direct to each home underground making it much more reliable. There is no need for a BT phone line, saving at least £18 per month.
This service can do internet browsing, telephone calls, television and radio and much more, all at the same time to multiple rooms.
The service once installed will belong to the community and any profits used back in the community.
B4AV investment Community fibre is primarily funded from the community by people buying shares in B4RN community benefit society. These shares are not traded on the stock market, they can only be sold back to B4RN fo their purchase value. The money is ring-fenced for our area by entering "Allen Valleys" in the appropriate part of the application form .
● Shares can be as little as £100 and a maximum of £100,000.
● All shareholders are members of B4RN. One member one vote.
● Shares must be held for a minimum of 3 years.
● Individual investors can claim 30% tax relief (HMRC Enterprise Investment Scheme). So HMRC will give you back 30% of your investment when you pay your taxes.
● After year 3, interest of 5% p/a will be paid this can be reinvested or cashed in.
● Shareholders investing £1,500 recieve a free connection worth £150. ( One free connection for each £1,500 investment ).Any free connection not used will be allocated to worthy causes.
● Shares can only ever be sold back to B4RN at £1 each.
If you wish to find out more please download the "Invitation to Subscribe for shares" < or contact us.
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport have announced their new Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme in March this year, it is part of the Local Full Fibre Networks Programme which is a Government fund set up to help locally led projects across the UK leverage local and commercial investment in full fibre, which is the “gold standard” for fast and reliable broadband.
This scheme has been primarly aimed at helping small and medium-sized enterprises, along with the local communities surrounding them, gain access to gigabit broadband by providing grants of upto £3,000 towards the installation cost of getting fibre to your door.
B4RN have been working with DCMS and the GBVS team, and they are now registered as a supplier on the latest scheme within our coverage areas. So we are keen to learn of any business in our area who would like to be connected to the B4AV community fibre broadband please Register for Community Broadband <
"Communities have so much to gain; not only faster broadband for families, schools and businesses but also a provider that cares about service to its customers and returns all its profits to the community!"