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Judges

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Andrew Ferguson

Editor at ThinkBroadband.com (Chairman)

Andrew is editor of thinkbroadband.com, the largest independent guide to Broadband in the UK. Providing news on progress of broadband updates across the UK and advice to consumers on solving a wide range of broadband problems and attempting to unravel the complexities of broadband for the mainstream press and consumers alike. Andrew also brings a raft of experience on the relative performance of UK broadband providers via his work on the popular thinkbroadband speed test.
 

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Richard Sharpe

Chairman, Amatis networks

Richard is one of the founders of ISPA and has been involved in the Internet in the UK almost since the beginning. Richard has started a number of Internet businesses in the UK and is currently involved in a new entrant, Amatis networks.

A champion of the smaller players in the Internet space he understands what it takes to be the best in a fast changing landscape.

 

Prof. Michael Rotert

President, eco, Association of the German Internet Industry

In 1991 Prof. Rotert was a founding member of the Internet Society. In 1993 Prof. Rotert founded one of the first ISPs in Germany (Xlink). In 2000 he was appointed Senior Vice President for research and development at KPNQwest. Afterwards he was Managing Director of several Service Providers. Prof. Rotert has been President and Vice President of EuroISPA. He is now President of eco, the Association of the German Internet Industry.

 

Alex Cruz Farmer

Technical Director, C4L

Alex set up his Brighton based company NetSumo in 2005 and in less than four years the company has become one of the leading and most respected Networking Consultancy firms in the service provider industry. Alex has been involved with many organisations and is also a member of the LINX Programme Committee, and is now Technical Director of C4L.

 

Helen Anderson

Legal Counsel, Accenture

Helen Anderson is a technology, media and telecoms lawyer, with a broad experience advising clients on a variety of outsourcing and technology agreements as well as data protection, digital media, intellectual property and e-commerce issues. Having spent several years at Dentons, she joined Axiom Law in March 2012. 

 

Annalise Berendt

Senior Analyst, Point Topic

Annelise is a senior analyst with Point Topic, editing its UK Plus service and looking particularly at the more innovatory section of the UK broadband market. Point Topic provides information on broadband communications services and is internationally recognised as one of the best sources on broadband. Before joining Point Topic, Annelise spent eight years with Ovum as a service manager and analyst. Prior to this she edited telecom and media industry magazines.

 

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 Brian Fitzsimons

Technology Consultant

Brian has worked with some of Europe's largest ISP's to bring innovative products to market like Mobile Broadband, Fixed Broadband, WiFi, VoIP and IPTV. He specializes in product design with an emphasis on developing award winning product and user experiences. In the past decade he has positively influenced policy advancement at industry level, run industry groups, technology conferences and also advised on the design of a number of well known consumer devices.Brands Brian has worked with span from BT, Telefonica, TalkTalk, O2, UPC and Dell. He occasionally appears in publications online or in the broadsheets.

 

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Dan Howdle

Editor in Chief, Cable.co.uk

Dan presides over the news and content departments of Cable.co.uk, the Ofcom-accredited broadband, TV and mobile comparator. Cable.co.uk provides UK consumers with the latest news in broadband, TV and mobile while providing myriad guides and information to help save money or better understand what they need. Dan has appeared regularly on the BBC to talk about consumer telecoms issues and writes a blog on the subject for Huffington Post.

 

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