Best Rural ISP Award

Entry criteria

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 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 1st April 2021 and 31st May 2021. 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 – download and upload

·         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

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* 1. Please provide the following:

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* 2. Why should you win this award? (30 words)

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* 3. Describe how your service provides connectivity in a rural area? (50 words)

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* 4. How widely available are your services and do you plan on extending your network? (50 words)

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* 5. What difference has your service made to a local area? (50 words)

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* 6. What have the take up rates in the local area been? (50 words)

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* 7. What partnerships have you undertaken with local organisations? (50 words)

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* 8. What have you innovated in the past 12 months?(50 words)

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* 9. What technological or topographical challenges (if any) have you had to overcome? (50 words)