Parliament & Internet Conference - 27th February

The Parliament & Internet Conference is a prestigious annual conference to discuss Internet policy and inform policymakers by bringing together Government, Parliamentarians, officials, business and civil society. The event is hosted by Vicky Ford MP on Thursday 27th February at Portcullis House in London.

The conference includes various keynote speeches and three panel sessions:

  • Working together to build and deliver world class communications infrastructure with Openreach
  • Regulating the digital world of the future with Sky
  • Securing networks and adapting to emerging cyber threats with Raytheon

If you would like to attend, please contact

To find out more about the event, please visit

Queen’s Speech highlights Government’s digital agenda

Following the election, the Government used the Queen’s Speech to reemphasise their commitment to the £5bn of funding for the roll out of gigabit-capable connections. They further reintroduced the Telecoms Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill which seeks to speed up the process through which operators can obtain a wayleave in the case of an absentee landlord. The Government will also once again seek to mandate that all new build developments are able to support gigabit-capable connections. On online safety, the Government committed to bringing forward legislation around online harms. ISPA will be working closely with members as the new Government takes forward its agenda.

DNS-over-HTTPS Policy Conference

ISPA’s DNS-over-HTTPS Policy Conference was held in early December and provided ISPA members, charities and technology businesses with a chance to hear from the key participants in the ongoing debate around the implementation of DoH and the potential impact on telecommunications networks and users. Highlights included presentations from Eric Rescorla (CTO at Mozilla), Martin J. Levy (Distinguished Engineer at Cloudflare) and Paul Vixie (CEO at Farsight Security). We also had contributions from Google, ETNO, Sky and Article 19 while BT, Open-Xchange and 419 Consulting supported us with the organisation of the event. ISPA will continue to follow the developments around DoH and keep members up to date.

ISPA responds to cyber incentives consultation

The Cyber Security subgroup responded to the DCMS’s call for evidence on their plans to review incentives and regulation around cyber security. The full response can be found here, which targets the assumption that cyber security is not already a key priority for many businesses.

Broadband subgroup ready to shape policy in 2020

The broadband subgroup will meet this month to kick off another year set to be busy with policy and regulatory changes in the pipeline. Ofcom published their consultation on the European Electronic Communications Code just before Christmas which must be fully transposed by the end of the year. Alongside this, the subgroup will discuss the upcoming wayleaves legislation and still await a specific consultation from Ofcom on gaining provider-led switching processes.

ISPA Awards - registration deadline on 31st January!

ISPAs 2020 are open for entries! There are 13 categories covering the popular ISP for business, consumer and rural, with the new addition for the Best New ISP for those who have started their business in the last two years. Also returning are categories for hosted service, infrastructure providers, VoIP, customer solution, partnership and our most popular category - customer service. There are further two new categories - Outstanding Individual Contribution for all who have changed the industry for the better; and Social Impact Award for the company that has used the Internet to deliver a positive social impact.

Register for the ISPA Awards 2020 here

Many categories are still open for sponsorship, this is a great way to promote your company to the wider tech industry as the awards are widely covered by the press and social media. Your logo and links to your company will be included in these posts, as well as on our website and all announcements. Other benefits include a full page advertisement in the awards brochure, presenting the award to winners, photo opportunities, banner at the award ceremony and many others. For more information please check the sponsorship pack below and contact

Click here to open the ISPA Awards sponsorship pack

Sponsors of the ISPAs 2020

ISPA Partnership Programme

ISPA Partners for 2020

Please discover below the latest insights from ISPA’s annual partners and feel free to reach out to us if you want an introduction.

New product launch – coming in January!
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If you would like to join the ISPA 2020 annual partnership programme to regularly engage with our members and benefit from strong visibility, thought-leadership and enhanced networking at many ISPA events, please get in touch now, email or call 020 3397 3304.

Take 5 minutes to complete a survey on ISP entertainment services

ISPA is seeking members’ views on ISP entertainment services to help inform a new ISPA workstream.

Entertainment has the potential to be key driver for faster speeds so together with our partner,, who currently work with several members, we have decided to explore some of the challenges and the possible solutions around providing top-level entertainment services to your customers.

It would be much appreciated if you took a moment to fill in a short survey by clicking here. It is only 9 questions and is to better understand how you use entertainment as part of your customer offering or any barriers to doing so.

Drawing on the survey’s results, we will co-host a workshop in early 2020 with to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities identified, hear from expert speakers in the content space and assess the potential of joining forces to work with content partners.

Click here to fill in the survey

Fastershire Broadband Supplier Day

Gloucester Growth Hub, University of Gloucestershire, GL2 9HW
Thursday 6 February, 9:30-16:30

The Fastershire Broadband Project is hosting an industry briefing in Gloucester.

The briefing for broadband infrastructure suppliers and internet service providers (ISPs) will provide information about the opportunities to expand the physical network coverage and / or access new customers across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire as well as Shropshire and Telford over the coming years.

The project is hoping to use much of the remaining £14m of funding to build Gigabit capable infrastructure to reach some of the ten thousand of hardest to reach properties across Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

The briefing will also highlight what opportunities exist for ISPs to reach this new retail market of homes and businesses currently or soon to be served by altnets offering wholesale access.

ISPA welcomes Curve IT to our membership fold

Curve IT delivers intelligent IT solutions across a multitude of industries and events. Our core services include IT consultancy for Infrastructure in construction projects and high-footfall venues; large-scale, reliable, high-capability WiFi and networks for all types of building, venues and events; IT services and proactive IT Support contracts for businesses in Brighton and across the South East.

Events Partnerships

ISPA offers its members a variety of discounts for events that we partner with. Looking ahead, these are the events of the current media partners: IT & Digital Leaders UK: Public Sector Dialogue and InfoSec UK Public Sector Dialogue in February, Smart Home Expo, Call & Contact Centre Expo and Customer + User Experience Expo in March and Digital Risk: Managing Risk and Security in Digital Age and Digital Identity and Access Management Forum: BFSI Market in May.