Shortlist for the 20th Internet Hero Award announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Internet Hero has been unveiled, with broadband and privacy the dominant themes. The three nominees for the 20th ISPA Award Hero are:

  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, DCMS Secretary of State – while we may not agree on all of Matt and his department’s policies, the Secretary of State has been nominated as Internet Hero for moving digital higher up the policy landscape, including working proactively to tackle barriers to broadband rollout
  • Liberty – for continuing to hold government to account by successfully challenging the Investigatory Powers Act in the High Court, leading to greater safeguards such as independent authorisation of communications data acquisition
  • Chris Vickery, Director of Cyber Risk Research - UpGuard -  for exposing AggregateIQ’s data repository

You can find out who is crowned Internet Hero at the ceremony on July 12th.

Policy working groups debate Active Cyber Defence and Broadband Barriers

Another busy month of policy and regulatory work saw ISPA’s cyber security and broadband working groups bring members together with Government officials on key industry priorities.

The broadband subgroup discussed progress of the Broadband Barrier Busting Taskforce with the team at the DCMS and provided evidence and feedback on this crucial issue for industry. ISPA will continue to work constructively with members and the taskforce.

The cyber security subgroup brought a range of members to hear an update from the National Cyber Security Centre on Active Cyber Defence and also to discuss ISPA’s own guidance in this area. If you would like to get find out further information about ISPA’s work, please email

Be the first to know who won the ISPA Awards - last few tickets remaining!

The winners of the 20th anniversary ISPAs will be announced at the gala on 12th July at the magnificent Midland hotel in Manchester and the evening includes an extended networking reception, a three-course meal with wine, entertainment from top comedian Justin Moorhouse, award ceremony and live band Kudos at the end of proceedings.

ISPAs are the industry event of the year, with 300 industry leaders in attendance so don’t miss out and book your tickets today.

Book your tickets here

ISPA Awards are kindly sponsored by: 





Find out who the finalists to ISPA Awards 2018 are here

Final award sponsorship opportunities available

Would you like to  promote your company during the ISPA Awards? Whether you wish to sponsor the whole event or just a single category, we are happy to make the sponsorship package fit all your needs and give you the best exposure.  Call us on 020 3397 3304 or email for more details.

ISPA calls on members to join ISPA Council

ISPA is calling on members who would like to get more involved in ISPA to put themselves forward and stand for ISPA Council, the management body that provides overall direction and governance of the association.

This is your chance to help shape the future direction of ISPA and join Council at an exciting time for our sector. ISPA prides itself on representing the breadth of the ISP and internet market so would encourage all member companies to consider standing.

Email for further information.

Congratulations to Matthew Hare, OBE

We would like to congratulate our long standing ISPA Council member, Matthew Hare, CEO of Gigaclear, on receiving an ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ (OBE) in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours (2018) for his services to internet provision in the UK.

ISPA welcomes Surrey Hills Internet, BITSTREME and Wirehive as members

Surrey Hills Internet delivers ultrafast full-fibre internet services to demanding business customers, and create rural fibre network solutions in and around the Surrey Hills over their own ‘smart’ full-fibre (FTTP) network.

BITSTREME / IQUnity was formed in 2006 and provides support to a wide range of businesses throughout Europe. HQ'd in Bedfordshire, UK and located at our, secure high security ex MOD premises within Bedford Technology Park, iQ.Unity is a Technical and Managed ISP providing service, installation and maintenance of data and hosting services.

Everything we do at Wirehive is to help forward thinking businesses transform the way the world operates. We work in partnership with our clients, using our deep technical expertise and digital industry understanding to help them solve the technology challenges that come from operating in a digital age.

Partner Events

ISPA is partnering with Connected Britain 2018 which is taking place on 19th and 20th June in London. ISPA members can claim 20% discount on their tickets. You can find out more here. For all partner events please visit our website

ISPA in the News

ISPA Awards Hero announcement appeared in ISPReview and thinkbroadband. Our comments on new broadband speed advertising rules appeared in posts by uSwitch and ISPReview and our view on Which? advertising speeds research also appeared in ISPReview.