Tickets on Sale for the 12th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards -

Tickets are now available from the ISPA Awards website with special prices for ISPA members and finalists.

ISPA judges have been busy judging written entries for the non technically tested categories. Testing of entries in the other categories finishes on Monday, with the finalists subsequently selected based on the results. The winners will then be chosen based on a combination of the technical testing and written entry forms provided to the panel of independent judges. The finalists will be announced in mid May.

The UK’s top Internet companies, industry figures and parliamentarians will gather for the black tie dinner and awards ceremony at the Grosvenor Marriott Hotel in London on the 8th July. Sponsors confirmed for this year's awards include F-Secure, Magrathea, PlusNet and KCOM.

ISPA Secretary General Nicholas Lansman said, "We all look forward to the publication of the finalists as such a lot of work is put in to writing applications and putting forward services to be tested. I would like to thank all the entrants and hope to welcome you all to the event in July."

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ISPA Announces Partnership with Race Online 2012

ISPA has accepted an invitation to be a partner of Race Online 2012. Led by the UK’s Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox, the landmark challenge aims to make the UK one of the first countries in the world to establish a fully online, internet enabled society.

As part of its partnership with Race Online 2012, ISPA has for the first time this year launched the Digital Inclusion Award, which looks to honour those organisations and individuals that have done the most to enable people to access the Internet.

Martha Lane Fox said, ‘As a catalyst to organisations from the public, private and third sector, Race Online 2012 challenges businesses to lay down a ‘Digital Promise’ that will significantly impact and reach those people in the UK who are currently offline. ‘We are delighted that ISPA has decided to become a partner of Race Online 2012 and recognise the vital importance of digital inclusion within society by introducing a new award at this year’s ISPAs”.

Nicholas Lansman, ISPA Secretary General said, "We are proud to have become a partner of Race Online 2012, and believe that there is a moral and economic imperative for the wider community to take the issue of digital inclusion much more seriously. The creation of the new Digital Inclusion Award recognises the important work that organisations and individuals are doing to get more people online. I look forward to working with Race Online 2012 and to another excellent ISPA Awards this year."

The winner of the new Digital Inclusion Award, which is being run in association with Race Online 2012 and is sponsored by PlusNet, will be crowned along with winners of Awards in 13 other categories at the twelfth annual ISPA Awards ceremony on Thursday 8th July. Please visit theISPA Awards website for more information . Organisations of any size can become a partner of Race Online here.

ISPA Awards Sponsors KCOM Launch Superfast Fibre Broadband Service

KCOM, an ISP for small businesses, has launched its superfast broadband service, Fibre broadband, which delivers download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upload of up to 10Mbps.

Fibre Broadband is the latest in a wide range of Internet services from KCOM. All services are designed for UK SMEs, to help them find the right Internet connection, whether that’s broadband, SDSL, leased line and now Fibre broadband. KCOM also deliver a comprehensive range of Hosted solutions helping small businesses to keep their data secure, their communications effective and even an eStore solution to help deliver more sales online.

If you are interested in finding out more about KCOM and other small business solutions, please call our UK-based customer services team on 0845 122 3339 or visit here.

ISPA Members Offered Five places at Broadcast Meets Broadband Event

MTM London is organising a roundtable event called ‘Broadcast meets broadband – how will new platforms impact the market?’, and has offered ISPA members five places to attend. The event on 20th May will explore the roll-out of IP-connected devices (televisions, games consoles, iPads) and their impact on the UK market.

The panel for the event includes representatives from Yahoo, BT, LoveFilm, Channel 4 and Microsoft and will discuss questions including: How will IP-connected devices impact the broadcasting market? Which services will prove most popular with UK consumers? What are the implications for Sky, Virgin and Canvas? And how will the market and competitive environment evolve during the next 3-5 years?

The event runs from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30pm and 5 places have been reserved for ISPA members. Please email or telephone +44 (0)207 395 7510 to reserve your place referencing your ISPA membership.

Discount for ISPA members at Forthcoming Events

ISPA members are entitled to a 25 per cent early bird discount to the Guardian Activate Summit 2010 on the 1st July and a 10 per cent discount when the early bird rate finishes on the 14th May. ISPA Members have also been offered 20 Per Cent Discount to the Green Enterprise World Forum.

To register or for more information about these events go here.

ISPA In the News

ISPA was quoted in the news this month on issues including ACTA and the Digital Economy Act.