Who should be named Internet Hero & Villain at the ISPAs?

As the ISPA Awards roars into view, we are seeking suggestions for who should be named Internet Hero and Internet Villain at the ceremony on 7 July. The current Hero(es) are Tom Watson and David Davis MPs, for their successful legal challenge against DRIPA, and Home Secretary Theresa May MP is the current villain for forging ahead with new surveillance laws. But who should win this year?  We would like your ideas for who has done most to help and hinder the UK Internet industry in the past twelve months. To submit an idea, please email admin@ispa.org.uk or tweet us @ISPAUK using the #InternetHero or #InternetVillain hashtags by Monday 6 June. You can also see the full shortlist for the other 50 comapnies nominated at the ISPA Awards click here.


Book your tickets for the ISPA Awards

The gala ISPA Awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 7 July and tickets are selling fast. The ceremony is a great way to celebrate the success of the sector with 300 industry colleagues and tickets include a three course meal, wine and entertainment.  To book tickets and tables, please click here.


Last chance to sponsor the ISPA Awards

Sponsoring the ISPA Awards is a great way to get your message in front of hundreds of senior figures from UK ISPs, hosts, VoIP firms, cyber security companies and more. There are still some great value sponsorship options available and more information is here, or you can contact us on 0203 397 3304 or awards@ispa.org.uk.


Come to the inaugural ISPA Cyber Security Summit

The inaugural ISPA Cyber Security Summit is taking place before the ISPA Awards and will feature experts on what threats are currently facing ISPs, the legal liabilities should a data breach occur, what technology can be used to overcome them and what roles should be played by Government and law enforcement. Spaces are free, but limited and can be booked here.

When: 13:30-17:00, Thursday 7 July

Where: The Montcalm at The Brewery, 52 Chiswell St, London, EC1Y 4SD

The summit will also be discussing how best to protect customer devices and optimise networks.


ISPA Cyber Security Survey

ISPA is currently running a survey on cyber security and we would like as many ISPs, managed serving/hosting providers, or anyone offering telecommunications services to respond. The survey specifically asks where cyber sits within the business, what types of threats are businesses facing and crucially, what role should be played by industry, end users, Government and law enforcement. Cyber security has risen up the political agenda and this survey will give a much needed industry wide context to the debate. We'll be discussing the results at the Cyber Security Summit detailed above. The survey should only take ten minutes or so to complete and is here. Please complete the survey by Friday 3 June


ISPA pleased with broadband in the Queen’s Speech

Broadband connectivity featured prominently in the Queen’s Speech, via the Digital Economy Bill, that will give anyone the right to request 10 Mbps. The Bill will also reform the planning laws that can sometimes slow down broadband rollout and mobile masts and introduce the idea of automatic compensation for Internet outages. ISPA was pleased with the Queen’s Speech as we support initiatives that make it easier to  roll out broadband, however there are still questions on the USO and how the compensation arrangements will work in practice. You can also read the ISPA response to the USO proposal in full here. ISPA members will be kept up to date as the Digital Economy Bill progresses through Parliament.


Investigatory Powers Bill clears Committee Stage

The Investigatory Powers Bill continues its passage through Parliament and cleared Committee Stage and is now due back before the House of Commons next week for the Report Stage. ISPA still has concerns with the Bill and notes that the Labour Party have also called for changes. We’ll be updating members when the Bill returns to Parliament.



We would like to welcome Lancaster based ISP TPCS to the association. They offer businesses a range of broadband, hosting, VoIP and cloud services.


ISPA in the news

The ISPA Awards, the Queen’s Speech and the ASA ruling seeing ISPA feature in Bloomberg, uSwitch, Ars Technica, Cable.co.uk and more. To see full coverage, click here.


Deals and events for members

ISPA members get a range of discounted and free places at external conferences and upcoming events are:

  • VoD Summit, 8-9 June, London. The event will bring together major industry stakeholders to address the key issues across the evolving and fragmented VOD market and ISPA members get 15% off.
  • Connected Britain, 15-16 June, London. Connected Britain is the leading conference exploring all the key issues around connectivity in the UK and speakers include ISPA Chair James Blessing, Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey MP, BDUK CEO Chris Townsend and BT Strategy MD Mike Galvin.