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B4RN scoops ISPA intenet hero award

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Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN), the privately funded community network that is building a 1Gbps symmetrical broadband service to parts of rural Lancashire, last night took the internet hero prize at the Internet Service Providers’ Association’s annual awards.

Foreign Secretary William Hague was the runner up hero for a speech at the London Cyber Conference shortly after the controversial G8 meeting that addressed online piracy and copyright, for “recognising that the future internet must be without governmental control or censorship, where innovation and competition flourish and investment and enterprise are rewarded.”

The internet “villain” was the International Telecommunications Union” (ITU) for its perceived attempt to hijack governance of the internet and bring it under government control.

Who controls the internet will be  hot topic at the Internet Governance Forum later this year. The UK and US oppose any attempts to limit the development of the net, but are trying to pass legislation that protects intellectual property and permits unprecedented levels of surveillance of emails and other electronic traffic.

Former BT CTO Peter Cochrane warned that the level of “malevolence” on the internet is rising via malware such as the Stuxnet and Flame viruses. These could shut down power plants, crashing all infrastructure that depends on electricity, he said.

He called for the development of “white blood cells” that could patrol the internet, seeking malware and destroy it. “There are more good neurons than bad ones, but you need very few bad ones to have a very bad experience,” he said.

CEO Barry Forde said after the event that B4RN, which has had little or no help from the Lancashire County Council, that it would take legal action if BDUK money was made available to BT to build in competition to B4RN.

Br0kenTeleph0n3 reported earlier that BT’s proposed fibre to the cabinet footprint in Lancashire had a substantial overlap with B4RN’s.


Written by Br0kenTeleph0n3

2012/07/04 at 01:28

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  1. Those that have an interest in a future-proofed really high speed symmetric broadband service are unlikely to be convinced that the BT asymmetric, slower, Fibre-To-The-Cabinet solution still relying on the ageing twisted pair network from the street cabinets is the better option. Any lines over 500 m are likely to suffer significant degradation from the maximum speeds quoted and are still subject to the usual difficulties of line repairs from time to time. Many of the scattered rural farm buildings couldn’t even get such a FTTC service in any case.


    2012/07/04 at 08:10

  2. And i thought you were such a great supporter of Fibre of any sort Walter? It’s nice to know wireless doesn’t suffer any of the problems you mention though.

    Like ADSL, one of the FTTC killers will be crosstalk. low take up will mean the early adopters will gain nice fast lines.. once more pairs in the bundle light up the speed will drop and drop. Like ADSL it may then mean people who had VDSL/FTTC may lose it altogether.

    B4RN deserve all the support they can get and certainly deserved the award. Lets hope the Council up their doesn’t continue to view their efforts in the same way as some councils view anything that doesn’t have the BT tag.

    If the council do screw up then I hope B4RN deservedly drag em through the courts and are compensated.

    Shame BT didn’t get the internet villian award, but then again stockholm syndrome has that effect sadly.

    bill lewis

    2012/07/04 at 17:42

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