2013 ISPA Awards Launched- The 15th ISPAs!

Registrations for the 2013 ISPA Awards were opened in early December. The 2013 awards are the 15th awards ISPA has run. We’ll be open for registration across 15 categories, including 2 new ones- Best Superfast Broadband and Best Fixed Wireless. Registrations and entries are done with our testing partner thinkbroadband and are open until 25th January 2013.

The press release announcing the launch can be found here.

For more information about entering the awards, categories and sponsorship opportunities for the 15th Awards, please click here. The awards entry page is here.


2012 ISPA Conference

ISPA’s Annual Conference took place on Monday 12th November in the plush surroundings of Hogan Lovells’ London office. The conference saw 4 panels discussing some of the main issues in the UK internet industry today. There were panels on the Draft Communications Data Bill, competing visions for UK broadband strategy, cyber-security and regulating offensive speech online. There was also a speech from DCMS official Simon Towler on the government’s ITU preparations and a vulnerability demonstration.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer spoke about the new guidelines the CPS are publishing as well as talking the conference through cases such as the Twitter joke trail.  Other speakers included the Earl of Selborne (member of the Lords Communications Committee) and Helen Goodman MP (Shadow Culture Minister).


New members

ISPA welcomes two new members, ARL Mobile, a Herts based mobile developer and LV3, a Hull based ISP.

These two latest members take the number of new ISPA members to 30 this year, making 2012 a good year for the association.


Policy update

November saw some developments across the policy issues ISPA are involved with. Final evidence was taken on the Draft Communications Data Bill and the committee is due to publish a report in the first week of December. The 2nd Reading of the Online Safety Bill occurred in Novemberand the Defamation Bill has reached Committee stage which is due to start on December 17th.

Evidence has also been heard throughout November and into December on rural broadband roll-out and furthermore the European Commission cleared the government to use state funds to help fibre rollout.

Full information available here.

ISPA members receive a weekly ISPA Monitor, where the recent policy discussions are listed, along with event reports, research and Parliamentary questions.


Events for members

The Identity and Access Management Conference (4th December in London) has given ISPA members 1 free place  free (spaces allowing)  Click here to go to this event page.

ISPA secures numerous free and discounted places at external conferences for ISPA members. Click here for our full calendar.


Discount for Members

There are a variety of events ISPA are entitled to can attend for a discount.  The full list is below and you can see information each event on our online calendar here.

  • The OTTtv World Summit
  • Global Broadband Traffic Management Congress
  • DatacenterDynamics Converged London Conference
  • AfricaCast
  • Business Process Management
  • Unified Communications
  • WHD London: exclusive event for local hosters
  • Identity Management & Access Management


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