50 ISPs nominated for the 18th ISPAs

ISPA has published the ISPA Awards shortlist and can reveal that 50 companies have been nominated across 15 categories. Vodafone are leading the pack with six nominations and Catalyst2, Exa Networks, Hyperoptic and Storm Internet have 4 each. BT, Keycom and Wessex Internet have 3 and we look forward to unveiling out the winners at the gala awards ceremony on 7 July. We are especially pleased to have strong shortlists for the new categories that reward the firms that serve ISPs and showcase the latest innovations. Best Tech Law Firm and Best CPE Hardware reward those who provide critical services to ISPs and Best Marketing demonstrates the creativity of the ISP community. Furthermore, Best Cloud Product has some excellent case studies on how to deliver great value added services. The ISPA Awards would not be possible without the sponsors and we would like to thank them for their support. Arista Networks are sponsoring Best Cloud Product,  AVSystem is sponsoring Best Consumer Broadband, DrayTek sponsor the table pieces, Magrathea Telecom sponsor Best VoIP and Ruckus sponsor the Best Wireless award. Please click here to see a list of nominees.



Tickets on sale for the ISPA Awards ceremony

ISPA is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the ISPA Awards. Tickets include dinner, wine and entertainment and are a great way to reward staff, network and entertain clients. Ticket prices have been frozen this year and the the ceremony is taking place on Thursday 7 July at The Brewery in the City of London. To book tickets and tables please click here.


Reach out to leading industry figures at the ISPA Awards

Sponsoring the ISPA Awards in an excellent way to raise your profile among 300 leading representatives  from the UK Internet industry. Sponsorship includes a table, branding and advertising, plus the chance to market to some of the most innovative and best performing tech companies. There are a range of packages available and more information is here. Alternatively please contact us on 0203 397 3304 or awards@ispa.org.uk.


Save the date: ISPA Cyber-Security Conference, 7 July

ISPA is holding a special conference on ISP Cyber-Security on Thursday 7 July. The Conference, held the afternoon ahead of the awards, will discuss the results of ISPA commissioned research, learn about the latest threats to the sector, how to mitigate them and how networks can be made more resilient and responsive. Speaking slots are available, so please contact admin@ISPA.org.uk for more information.


ISPA calls for further work on universal broadband 

ISPA responded to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport consultation on delivering universal broadband in May, stating that ISPA members will always support the objectives of universality, however care needs to be taken not to create uncertainty that could delay private sector rollout. We further emphasised the need to look beyond the headline speed to focus on overall consumer benefits and the importance of remaining technology neutral.


ISPA highlights record broadband speeds to MPs

A cross party group of MPs called the British Infrastructure Group produced a report criticising the way broadband speeds are advertised and ISPA responded showing how speeds have never been higher for consumers. We further highlighted the different factors that can impact speeds and ISPs will always confirm likely speeds before signing up a customer.


ISPA responds to Government age-verification proposals

ISPA responded to the Government consultation on age-verification for websites offering adult content, highlighting how the UK Internet industry has led the way in making the Internet a safer place. ISPA suggested that new powers should be properly thought through or risk being ineffective. ISPA has been working with members and the Online Safety Minister Baroness Shields and we look forward to working with Government further on this.


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ISPA in the news

The ISPA Awards shortlist, regulating social media as well as broadband advertising saw ISPA feature in The Daily Mirror, ISP Review (and here), Thinkbroadband and Telecompaper. Full coverage can be seen here.


Deals and events for members

ISPA members get a range of discounted prices and places at external events and upcoming events are listed below: