2015 ISPA Conference, 18/11/15: Save the date!

ISPA is excited to announce that the 2015 ISPA Conference will be taking place on Wednesday 18th November at the BT Tower.  The all-day day event will coincide with ISPA’s 20th Anniversary and look at the future trends with a Future Communications Landscape theme. At a time of major change in the industry, with key strategic questions being asked, we will be looking at future trends with senior industry figures, experts, policymakers and others. Please keep an eye out on the website and our twitter for further updates. There are high profile sponsorship packages available, which include branding at the event, speaking slots and the chance to demonstrate thought leadership to over 100 senior figures from the Internet industry. Click here to learn more.


ISPA Awards winners react to their victories

With the 2015 Awards done and dusted, a number of winners have publicised their wins. Hyperoptic came away with three awards  and catalyst2 won two. Storm Internet carried on their winning streak and other winners were eCadets, F-Secure, ASK4, Mesmet, Keycom, Bridge Fibre, Entanet and Voipfone. The 2016 ISPAs will launch at the end of the year and many thanks to Axians Networks, F-Secure, Halon, Magrathea Telecom and Tagadab for their support and making the evening possible.


ISPA and Kemp Little expert panel doubts whether the Digital Single Market can be delivered

ISPA and legal forum member Kemp Little held a lively event on how the European Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) will affect the UK Internet industry. The first panel cautioned that against the European Commission’s ambitious approach, saying it was 'totally unrealistic' to deliver a single package of reforms that would work given the vastly different markets across the EU.  The second lively panel saw Google, the Publishers' Association and the Open Rights Group hold a lively discussion on whether ISPs needed to do more on preventing access to harmful and illegal content. A summary of the event is here and tweets from the event here.


Busy Summer of Policy for ISPA

Ofcom published its initial Discussion Paper as part of the Digital Communications Review and ISPA will be coordinating an industry wide response to the paper as a number of strategic questions have been asked that could radically change the regulation of the sector. Added to this, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons has launched an inquiry into superfast broadband and we'll be working with members to make sure industry’s efforts but also it concerns are heard.  ISPA and its members are also hard at work preparing for an Investigatory Powers Bill, which is set to come before Parliament in the Autumn. The Bill is likely to bring in a completely new framework for communications data retention, and ISPA will be representing the views of industry to Government.


ISPA in the press

ISPA has been very active in the press this month. The main driver of coverage was the ISPA Awards, featuring in The GuardianThe Independent, Bloomberg, Wired and several more publications. ISPA also spoke on behalf of its members in a BBC News piece broadband pricing and criticised calls for a potential broadband rollout levy. Our full coverage can be seen here.


ISPA welcomes new council members

ISPA would like to congratulate Ali Law from Sky and Ross Bray from ASK4 on their election to ISPA Council. Their elections were confirmed at the ISPA AGM as were the re-appointments of Matthew Hare from Gigaclear, Jacquie Mellor from Virgin Media and Malcolm Hutty from LINX. ISPA Council sets the strategic direction of the association and are actively involved in driving forward the policy work of the association.


Deals for members

ISPA secures a range of deals for members. Two upcoming events are below:

  • World Hosting Day in London takes place on 1 September and ISPA members can sign up for free.
  • ISPA members are invited to the first iCLIC Conference on 17-18 September in Southampton. The conference will look at how online intermediaries can work with law enforcement and what frameworks should be in place.