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The countdown is on to the launch of the B4RN (Broadband 4 Rural North) fibre broadband network in northern Lancashire.

Construction work on the community-funded project is almost complete, meaning villagers in the Forest of Bowland will soon gain access to up to 1Gb download speeds.

According to, the network - which links a number of villages and hamlets in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - could go live "in the next few weeks".

In a project status update, B4RN revealed that the hub of current activity lies in Quernmore where one of the two nerve centres is sited.

"This links all B4RN users to the internet via the Geo fibre which runs through this picturesque valley," it stated.

"The green-coloured cabinet, which houses all the necessary electronics for this wizardry, sits unobtrusively in the village and has recently been powered and populated ready to revolutionise internet connectivity for the residents of the core route between the parishes."

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