As a result of poor broadband speeds and not being included in the Rural Broadband Rollout by BT the residents of Fiskerton and Morton villages have taken it upon themselves to develop, build and manage their own Superfast internet.
The Fibre for Rural Nottinghamshire (F4RN) project was born, through investments from residents and from skills and knowledge within the villages. As a community project it sought to provide and manage a high speed broadband network. The network went live in October 2016.
Whether for Internet banking, business use, online shopping, school homework, surfing or streaming the F4RN project is solving the problem of poor service that other providers have up to date failed to address. It provides superfast internet to subscribing households and businesses at a competitive monthly price giving speeds up to 10 times faster than what residents have had to put up with in the past.
The fibre network is being installed through the combined effort of residents, local farmers and land owners of all ages over the weekends and during other free times. All work on this project has been done on a voluntary basis and has generated a great community service as a well as a "can do" team-spirit.
Since the live launch in October F4RN has over 100 subscribers with more than 70% of them connected. Subscribers are connected with fibre to their home which, unlike other providers who use copper wire to the home, can provide the very fast speeds required in the modern world.
For more information visit our website at www.f4rn.org.uk