The Celerate project is a De Novo Group research and development initiative to provide affordable broadband Internet access to rural communities around the world. This research project was initiated thanks to a grant from Google.org and in collaboration with scientists at UC-Berkeley and Stanford.
Many rural communities remain disconnected or are forced to rely upon slow, unreliable, or expensive Internet access. While many long-range networks have been developed in the past to connect such communities, the rollouts of such networks are fraught with complexities of both deployment and operation, leading to higher costs and lower reliability for users. Celerate is leveraging work from the burgeoning area of Software Defined Networking (SDN) to help redefine how such networks are built and managed.