New Categories for the 2009 ISPA Awards -
The 11th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards

The 2009 ISPA Awards will feature new awards categories including: Best Consumer Fixed Broadband ISP; Best Business Fixed Broadband ISP; Best Consumer Mobile Broadband ISP; Best Business Mobile Broadband ISP; Best Consumer Customer Service and Best Business Customer Service.

This year’s awards reflect feedback from last year’s entrants and progression in the industry today and will be presented at the London Hilton Metropole on the 9th July 2009.

The awards will be presented to the most outstanding ISPs following a rigorous testing procedure using Epitiro software. This year the software can be easily downloaded from the 2009 ISPA Awards site so that entrants can start testing straight away.

The awards will be open for entry shortly and are free and open to all ISPs, including to those who are not members of ISPA.

More details about entry will follow shortly. For more information about sponsorship of the awards contact

ISPA 2009 Awards categories:

Best Dial-Up ISP
Best Shared Hosting ISP
Best Dedicated Hosting ISP
Best Streaming Host
Best Internet Telephony
Best Consumer Fixed Broadband ISP
Best Business Fixed Broadband ISP
Best Consumer Mobile Broadband ISP
Best Business Mobile Broadband ISP
Best Consumer Customer Service
Best Business Customer Service
Corporate Social Award
Internet Hero
Internet Villain

ISPA Secretary General appears on the BBC Today Programme
Spoke about ISP responsibility for user generated content

Nicholas Lansman, the ISPA Secretary General, today represented members on the BBC’s Today Programme where he reinforced the message that ISPs were not responsible for traffic that passed over their networks.

Nicholas Lansman, Secretary General for ISPA said, "ISPs cannot police the Internet because of the sheer volume of information being published every second on websites, blogs and social networking sites. ISPs do have a responsibility following the e-commerce regulations to take down illegal information when they are notified of it."

The 2008 ISPA Conference
'What Matters to You'

The 2008 ISPA Conference, 'What Matters to You', was held at the London offices of ISPA Legal Forum member Eversheds on Monday 3rd November. The event was kindly sponsored by F-Secure, Sentry Parental Controls and We7.

It was well attended and looked at issues around the newly formed UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), the Interception Modernisation Programme, and new business models between the music industry and ISPs.

Highlights of the day included a keynote address from Derek Wyatt MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Communications Group, a presentation on the background to the IMP by the programme Director Tim Hayward, and a passionate speech by Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive of the recently formed UK Music about cooperation between the music industry and ISPs to create new business models for the distribution of content.

The conference has since received a good deal of publicity including references in Hansard, national newspapers and trade publications.