ISPA in 2014

This is the last ISPA News of 2014, a busy year for the association. The Internet industry saw major legislation with the passing of DRIPA, plus other various communications data initiatives.  ISPA has represented industry in other issues  such as reforming Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), cyber-security, law enforcement and broadband. ISP responded to eight consultations affecting the industry, introduced a programme of workshops across the country and held policy forum with the Interception of Communications Commissioner.  The ISPA Awards saw The Guardian named Internet Hero and GCHQ named Internet Villain. ISPA was very busy in the media, giving industry’s views on everything from broadband speeds and copyright, to online safety, malicious communications and whether or not the internet was ‘running out’. ISPA has also been preparing for 2015, which will be the association’s 20th anniversary, and we will be in touch in the New Year with plans for marking the anniversary.


Enter the ISPA Awards

The 2015 ISPA Awards are open for entries to reflect developments in the business broadband we’ve split Best Business Broadband into Best Enterprise Broadband and Best SME Broadband and we have split up Safety and Security to create the Safety Award and the Security Award.  The deadline to register is 30 January. Our testing partner thinkbroadband have introduced browser based testing for broadband entrants, opening it up to a variety of platforms. The two hosting categories and Best VoIP, sponsored by Magrathea Telecom, are also technically tested. After a successful first year the Best Use of Digital, sponsored by hosting experts Tagadab returns, as does Best Business Use of Cloud, highlighting how cloud providers are adding value to customers. A full list of categories is here. After last year’s sell out, the ceremony will be moving to a bigger venue and is confirmed for Thursday 2 July at the Brewery in the City of London. Enter the ISPA Awards here


Sponsor the ISPA Awards

The ISPA Awards are a great way to meet hundreds of senior figures from across the industry, raise your profile and make good contacts. There are a number of options for sponsorship, including category sponsorship, and this includes tickets to the ceremony, advertising space and brand presence before, during and after the event. Sponsoring the ISPAs is a good way to stand out from the crowd. More information is here


ISPA Member Survey

2015 is set to be a major year, with a new government and our anniversary.  To help shape our work in 2015, we would like to hear from members on their thoughts on policy and regulatory issues, and to hear feedback on our 2014 programme. Complete the survey here.


ISPA working with members on Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

ISPA has been actively working with members and parliamentarians to understand the IP resolution powers contained in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill. The Bill contains provisions for ISPs to retain identifiers for ISPs to match IP addresses by adding additional powers to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act and updates definitions. ISPA’s briefing paper can be found here.   We previously laid out its five principles for future communications data laws and we call on Government to observe these principles when developing new laws in this area.


ISPA in the News

ISPA has featured in the Daily Telegraph,  a series  of articles for (here, here, here and here) and ISP Review. You can see our full coverage over the past year here.