2016 ISPA Awards: The entries are in!

The entries for the 2016 ISPA Awards are in and we look forward to announcing the shortlist in the coming weeks along with details on booking tickets and tables for the gala ceremony on 7 July. ISPA has received hundreds of entries and case studies and with rigorous technical testing, we are excited to learn who will make the cut. To help decide the shortlist and winners, three new expert judges have joined the judging panel. Former ISPA Chair Mark Gracey, now of digital marketing consultancy Flavourfy, Ars Technica News Editor Kelly Fiveash and senior telecoms lawyer Karen Mason of Novalex will all help determine who walks away winners at the 18th ISPAs. Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that leading hardware vendor Arista confirmed as a sponsor for the Best Cloud Award and router and CPE manufacturer Draytek will be sponsoring table pieces. They join Magrathea (Best VoIP) and Ruckus (Best Wireless) and we thank them for supporting this industry event.


Reach out to hundreds of leading figures from the Internet industry

Sponsoring a category at the ISPA Awards in an excellent way to raise your profile among hundreds of leading representatives from the UK Internet industry. Sponsorship includes a table at the ceremony, extensive branding and advertising, and the chance to make your case in front of some of the most innovative and best performing tech companies in the UK.  There are a range of packages to suit all budgets available and more information is here. Alternatively please contact us on 0203 397 3304 or awards@ispa.org.uk.


ISPA lobbies Ministers and MPs on the Investigatory Powers Bill

The Investigatory Powers Bill made rapid progress through Parliament in March and ISPA members still have significant concerns on what it means for industry and that it is not getting sufficient time for scrutiny. Now in Committee Stage, ISPA is keen for the Bill to be amended to heed the concerns of industry. ISPA has been active on this issue, co-writing a letter in The Daily Telegraph and preparing a briefing paper for the Bill's 2nd Reading outlining five key industry concerns:

  • The industry has been asking for and fully supports a reform of the surveillance framework
  • The Bill does not do what the Home Office says it does
  • Key terms, concepts and cost implications remain unclear
  • Full cost recovery needs to be written into the Bill
  • The timetable for the bill is too ambitious.

The briefing paper was quoted by former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP and Anne McLaughlin MP when the Bill was debated in Parliament, who reiterated the need for clearer definitions. Furthermore ISPA participated in a TechCity roundtable with Security Minister John Hayes MP and Internet Safety & Security Minister Baroness Shields. The event heard from ISPA, ITSPA and leading cyber security companies on their thoughts on the Bill, with a particular focus on encryption. We look forward to engaging further with Government and Parliament as the Bill progresses through Committee Stage.


DCMS launch USO consultation

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport published a consultation on delivering a 10 Mbps Universal Service Obligation by 2020. ISPA supports the objective of ubiquitous broadband and has been linking MPs with members from across the UK to discuss the steps industry is taking bringing the benefits of superfast broadband to constituents. The consultation is seeking views on how a USO should be funded and charges Ofcom with additional preparatory work.  The deadline to respond is 18 April and we will be co-ordinating a response with members.


APC Solutions joins ISPA

ISPA would like to welcome business wireless ISP APC Solutions to the association.


ISPA in the press

The broadband USO and Investigatory Powers Bill saw ISPA feature in the press in March, featuring in BBC News, The Guardian, Computer Weekly, ITPro and The Register.  Full coverage can be seen here.


Deals for members

ISPA secures a range of free and discounted places at external events and upcoming ones are listed below.