- How much does it cost ?
There is also a one off connection fee of £150 that pays for the 1Gb wireless router and for labour.
Because B4RN is a Community Benefit company the profits come back to the community and B4RN members will decide if this is spent on lowering the price or given away to local community groups.
This means the price of the B4RN world class fibre broadband will remain stable and may even go down in the future !
- How do the shares / loans work ?
The material costs of building the B4RN network for our parishes will be met by selling shares in the broadband company, to members of the local community. This funds the ducting, fibre, cabinets etc. Share purchases are the way we will make our community network happen.
As a community benefit society, B4RN must operate for the benefit the rural community rather than its shareholders, so surplus funds are reinvested. B4RN shares are structured in such a way that there is no potential for capital gains, instead B4RN aims to pay a dividend return of 5% per annum from year 4 onward of share ownership.
- Can I use my phone over the fibre ?
Yes. Various VOIP companies ( voice over internet protocol ) companies such as Vonage have very competitive packages and route the calls onto the normal phone network exchanges just like normal. You can even keep your old number. This means you can dispense with the landline rental of £16.99 which will usually pay for the VOIP package and leave change !
- What if the cable gets accidentally cut ?
- What if there is a power cut?
- How does the fibre get to my house ?
- What about my existing TV Channels ?
Smart Tvs that connect to your internet will work even better over B4RN fibre broadband. Roku, Apple TV and Chomecast all work just the same . TV as part of a package like BT Sport are tied to BT. Most other packages are available to buy online without a "bundled" provider.