Best Rural Broadband Award

Entrants must be an ISP that is providing broadband to rural / hard to reach areas, and is technology neutral.
Judging process

The judging process is formed of two stages: a period technical testing followed to determine the shortlist and then a written entry form used by the judging panel to determine the winner.

Broadband entrants are required to undergo a period of technical testing from 12th February 2018 to 31st March 2018. The technical testing (facilitated by thinkbroadband) involves entrants’ customers performing a number of tests using the thinkbroadband testing tool (accessible on any browser and many devices). The best performing entrants will form a finalist shortlist.

Entrants must also submit a written entry form based on the below judging criteria to determine a winner from the shortlisted finalists.

Judging criteria:

- Price and value for money
- Geographical availability
- Innovation in technology delivery
- Broadband speeds
- Topography and environment challenges
- Take up in area
- Investment in networks
- Impact on the local area
- Initiatives to educate users on broadband
- Partnerships with local organisations
- Creativity in financing

The deadline for submissions is 29 March 2018.

* 1. Please provide the following:

* 2. In 30 WORDS why should you win this award?

* 3. Describe how your service provides connectivity in a rural area? (200 words)

* 4. How widely available are your services and do you plan on extending your network? (200 words)

* 5. What difference has your service made to a local area? (200 words)

* 6. What have the take up rates in the local area been?(200 words)

* 7. What partnerships have you undertaken with local organisations? (200 words)