ISPA News July 2013

The 15th ISPAs winners

Congratulations to all winners and finalists at the 15th ISPAs. It was a fantastic night for industry and you can see a list of all the winners here.

300 were there as Sky, Plusnet, VFast & Hyperoptic came away with the broadband awards, with Catalyst2 picking up 2 of the 15 awards on the night.

We’ll be launching the 2014 Awards at the end of the year, meanwhile click here to see some photos from the night.

There will be new categories and new sponsorship packages for next year, so please contact us on for more information.



Huppert and Erdogan are our Internet Hero & Villain

Julian Huppert picked up the Internet Hero Award at the ISPAs, for his opposition to the Communications Data Bill. Thanking the industry, he warned that the Bill was a ‘zombie bill’ that could return.

Unsurprisingly, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan didn’t come down to pick up his Internet Villain Award, for his role censoring the internet and calling social media ‘a menace to society’.

Both awards were sponsored by NetLynk and the full shortlist is here.



ISPA Conference

The 2013 Conference will be on the 28th November, at the offices of K & L Gates in London.

The theme is 'How he Internet Underpins Growth' and the panels are:

•       How the internet aides economic growth?
•       The Future Internet
•       Broadband, now and post 2015
•       What liability issues could affect the ‘mere conduit’ principle?

Speakers are being confirmed and information about tickets and agenda will be sent out in the next couple of weeks. The conference page is here.

The night before the conference will be our Winter Member’s Dinner and exact details will be sent round to all members soon.

There are sponsorship opportunities available for the awards and more information is here.



Prime Minister's internet safety speech

Last week, the Prime Minister made a speech on online safety and filtering. You can see our thoughts on the speech here.

We were glad the Prime Minister recognised the work ISPs were already doing, but we still maintain that filtering has a role to play, but supporting parents through education and awareness is more important.



DCMS publish communications review

DCMS published their long awaited review of communications framework.

Titled ‘Connectivity, Content & Consumers’, the paper outlines DCMS’ priorities for the next few years, with topics around infrastructure, online safety, consumer regulations (ie switching providers) and media laws.

ISPA are in contact with DCMS on this, and members receive a weekly monitor covering the latest policy developments as well as an in depth analysis of how this paper will affect them.




 ISPA events

There are a variety of events that ISPA secure free and discounted places for throughout July.  Please click here to see our full calendar.

ISPA in the news

ISPA has been exceptionally busy representing the industry in the media over the last month, with the ISPA Awards and online safety being major issues.

The 15th ISPAsreceived coverage in the Telegraph, The Register, ISP Review uSwitch and thinkbroadband amongst many others.

Online safety was again a major issue for us in the last month, with ISPA featuring in articles on the BBC, ZDNet, v3 and PCPro and many more.

To see our full coverage, please click here.