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UK Rural Broadband Projects Win Award for Delivering Viable Internet Access

Posted: 18th Nov, 2011 By: MarkJ
uknextgenThe NextGen national conference and exhibition, which was held at the University of the West of England Conference Centre in Bristol this week, has named the winners of its first ever NextGen Challenge awards, which recognises UK projects that delivering viable broadband internet access.

Marit Hendriks, Organiser of NextGen 11, said:

"We received a high level of entries for the NextGen Challenge and what these winning organisations have demonstrated is a real commitment to the future of broadband access. They have shown what is possible with coordinated efforts and how practical and affordable solutions can be implemented to target areas less likely to attract large scale ISP funding."
Award for Rural Leadership and Community Development

Winner: Tegola wifi network entered by University of Edinburgh

Runner up: Rural Connect - Broadband Access to Communities entered by NYnet Ltd

* Won for its Tegola wifi network project, which focused on building a cheap, fast and reliable communications network in remote areas

Award for Innovative Funding

Winner: Cybermoor Networks entered by Cybermoor

Runner up: ClacksMax entered by Clackmannanshire Council

* Won for its network delivery solutions for the sparsely populated parish of Alston Moor in England.

Award for Collaborative Advantage

Winner: Connecting Schools entered by E2BN

Runner up: Superfast Cornwall entered by Superfast Cornwall

* E2BN's project claimed top spot in the Collaborative Advantage award, having embarked on a project to provide a robust infrastructure for high speed, affordable broadband across schools in the East of England
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