Rawlinshaw Farm|Zwartble and Blue Texel Sheep|DIY Livery

Digging our own "Broadband"

The World’s Fastest Rural 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. They offer 1,000Mbps FTTH broadband to every property in the parish who choose to dig in their own broadband.
Rawlinshaw Farm, Austwick, 
In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  1. Bringing Hyperfast Broadband to Rawlinshaw...Yorkshire Style!
    Our 1st day digging our own broadband in. Here at Rawlinshaw, we are never going to get fast broadband, unless we supply it ourselves....so here goes!
  2. Two great days of digging!
    Even the thunderstorms couldn't stop us and now the broadband cables are outside the house. All that remains is a road crossing to dig and then the fibre to be blown into the cables once everyone else in the chain has completed their digging.. come on guys, lets crack on!
  1. Digger making a trench
    Digger making a trench
    In any awkward areas, the digger has to make a trench. For any wall crossing, the digger reaches under the wall.
  2. The cable is passed through this pipe
    The cable is passed through this pipe
    We pass the cable by hand under the wall, through this pipe.
  3. A wide pipe is passed
    A wide pipe is passed
    Under walls, to protect the fibre cable, a wider pipe is passed first.
  4. Stream crossing
    Stream crossing
    The digger makes a trench across the stream, and again a pipe is laid to protect the cable. We then pass the cable, again by hand, through this.
  5. Laying the cable
    Laying the cable
    Lots of "hands on" work is required.
  6. Branches off to different homes
    Branches off to different homes
    An individual cable branches off to a different home.
  7. Helpers are needed
    Helpers are needed
    There is lots to help with.
  8. Then we place grass sods and soil over the cable
    Then we place grass sods and soil over the cable
    This protects the cable as the digger fills in the trenches.
  9. Then just the grass sods need replacing
    Then just the grass sods need replacing
    This is done neatly by hand...more volunteers required!
  10. After mole ploughing
    After mole ploughing
    You can hardly see where the mole plough has been. The soil and grass literally folds back over as the mole plough passes by.
  11. So here we go...
    So here we go...
    About to start work!
  12. Where we can, a mole plough is used
    Where we can, a mole plough is used
    This places the cables quickly, deep in the ground and means the digger and less man power is required. It rapidly places the cable but can only do this in good soil conditions.
  13. Sorting the copper trace wire
    Sorting the copper trace wire
    This copper wire can be run in with the fibre cable. This enables us to find the cable easily if ever we need to in the future.
  14. Mole ploughing
    Mole ploughing
    Down meadows, the mole plough rapidly lays the cable.
We hope you enjoyed learning about how we are taking
broadband into our own hands!

For more information go to www.lewfahyperfast.org.uk
​http://b4rn.org.uk/