As posted recently here, B4RN had been selected for the 5 finalists in the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) Awards, held in London last night. We were placed in the “Internet Hero” category “For bringing high speed internet into remote rural communities, setting an example for others to follow”.
Well the awards were announce and we are delighted to say that B4RN won! This is fantastic news. Making the final five was good enough but this beats all expectations. The room was packed full of key people from the internet industry and winning this just demonstrates peer support for what B4RN is working towards. Many hours of work have gone in so far from the community, both local and more wide spread. Support like this gives the encouragement that is needed.
Here is a photo of Chris Conder and Barry Forde on the podium receiving the award.
This is the moment that it was announced B4RN had won.
Here’s a photo of Chris and Barry just after receiving the award on behalf of the B4RN community. I think they were quite pleased!
This is a show of confidence from the Industry in the B4RN project. There were many industry experts at the awards ceremony, B4RN received many messages of support and some good connections were made.
There is still much work to do but B4RN hopes to have the first properties connected in the next few weeks, weather permitting. As can be imagined, it’s a bit muddy out in those fields!
Ispa video of the highlights of the event: