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Community projects get a leg up from InternetNZ

An internet infrastructure mapping network and and two wireless broadband projects have scored close to $50,000 in funding from InternetNZ thanks to its Community Projects Funding Round.

An internet infrastructure mapping network and and two wireless broadband projects have scored close to $50,000 in funding from InternetNZ thanks to its Community Projects Funding Round.

The focus was on community-based projects that promote web-related education and research, from which seven were shortlisted out of 45 expressions of interest.

The recipients are the Digital Porirua Trust, Waikato University’s WAND Network Research Group and telecommunications consultant Jonathan Brewer.

Cannons Creek Free Wireless Community - Digital Porirua

This project will create a free UFB wireless community in one of New Zealand’s poorest communities – Cannons Creek. Project leader Tim Davies-Colley says InternetNZ’s funding will be used to install wireless equipment on top of existing fibre-optic infrastructure. The Digital Porirua Trust will work with both the Porirua City Council and SmartLinx3 to roll out the wireless network.

Mapping the New Zealand Internet - WAND Network Research Group
This project will fully ‘map’ New Zealand’s internet infrastructure. According to project leader Richard Nelson, while there are several network maps of the global internet, New Zealand has not been well covered because observation points are invariably overseas-based.

“A New Zealand internet map has a variety of potential uses including communicating the nature of the internet to the general public and investigating the structure of the country’s overall internet infrastructure, particularly with respect to resiliency and peering. InternetNZ’s grant will provide the ability to showcase our measurement tools and present our data to the public,” he said.

Evaluating the Suitability of White Space Technology for Rural Telecommunications
This project will evaluate the suitability of using 802.22 wireless technology for rural telecommunications in New Zealand. It will explore the technology, regulatory environment, risk factors, affected markets, practical uses, and existing trials of the technology.

Project leader Jonathan Brewer believes cognitive radio operating in whitespace spectrum is the next leap forward for wireless broadband.

“InternetNZ's generous grant will help me research and publish on how this technology could be used to enhance and extend rural broadband networks."

Applications are now open for projects related to the Christchurch rebuild. There's a total of $435,000 available and no cap on the amount a project can apply for within that. See internetnz.net.nz/christchurchfunding.