Case Studies

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Gavin and Belinda
from Cumbria
A Cosmic Connection

Gavin and Belinda Keeble moved to their home in Grisedale three years ago with the aim of setting up an office for their international corporate training business.

Internet access was crucial but the broadband service was poor making normal business challenging.  Gavin and Belinda heard about a local internet service provider, B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) who could support them in a community-led broadband scheme where local residents join together to organise the dig to bury the fibre cabling.  Using the government’s scheme they were able to access guaranteed funds towards the cost of installation.

The Keebles are now enjoying service with speeds of 1,000 Mbps - a significant difference in reliability.

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“The difference that the new service has made is completely cosmic. It has given us total peace of mind connecting to the outside world and running an international business from a beautiful and remote part of the UK, dramatically improving our businesses professionalism and capability as well as transforming our family life.”

- Gavin Keeble
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Dominic and Cathy
from Cornwall
Pre-Covid connection has been a lifeline

Dominic and Cathy Fairman run an organic farm and campsite on Bodmin Moor. Cathy is a part-time NHS senior district nurse and Dominic is a councillor for Cornwall Council.

In their remote location, Dominic and Cathy had struggled with painfully slow broadband speed but in March 2020 just before the Coronavirus lockdown began, the farm received a new, faster and more reliable broadband connection. Through the government’s scheme, their community was able to benefit from support that covered the installation costs of gigabit-capable fibre broadband. Organised through Openreach, the project has insured that Dominic and Cathy can obtain greater reliability and download speeds of more than 300 Mbps.

The new connection has been a welcome boost that has enabled the couple to manage their busy workload as well as enjoy their downtime. 

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“The difference that this has made to our lives has been incredible. Of the 5,000 people who work for Cornwall Council, around 4,000 have been working from home during the pandemic so it has really brought it home to us how important it is to have reliable connectivity these days. I will certainly be recommending this scheme to other communities in my parishes.”

- Dominic Fairman