ISPA Conference – final early bird tickets remaining

There is now less than one month to go until the ISPA Conference on 24 November at K&L Gates in the City of London and we urge you to book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment. The Conference is an all-day event which includes panel discussions on Brexit, cyber-security and the future of the Internet, workshops on broadband and the laws impacting the sector as well as presentations and keynote speeches. To see the full agenda and book tickets, please click here.


New rules for broadband advertising

ISPs will now include line-rental in advertised prices in what is a major shake-up of the rules around broadband advertising. ISPA supports the ASA’s efforts to make it clearer and easier for consumers to understand the total cost of a broadband package and you can see our statement here. We further welcomed that the ASA took on board our feedback during earlier consultation as the market becomes more diverse with evolving products and services for consumers.


ISPA  briefs MPs as Digital Economy continues through Parliament

As the Digital Economy Bill continued its progress through Parliament this month, ISPA has been briefing MPs on key industry issues, including age verification for adult websites, automatic compensation for broadband outages, a broadband USO and weakening the ability to appeal Ofcom decisions. We will continue to work with Parliament to ensure members views are heard as the Bill moves to further scrutiny in the Commons and Lords.


Investigatory Powers Bill set to become law

The Investigatory Powers Bill is on the verge of completing it's passage through Parliament as it cleared the House of Lords. The upper house has spent the last month scrutinising the Bill, with the Liberal Democrats tabling a large number of amendments on data collection and oversight arrangements.  The Bill is now back in the Commons, and with both the Government and the Opposition in agreement, it will pass into law this week.


ISPA welcomes new cyber security strategy

The Government published the National Cyber Security Strategy today, which commits £1.9bn on cyber security spending until 2021. The Government has confirmed a more active approach to addressing cyber security issues and there are a number of measures that impact the ISP sector. ISPA supports the new strategy and we are pleased Government recognises how ISPs are fundamental in delivering the digital services homes and businesses need. There are questions on how some specific measures will be implemented and we will be working with the new National Cyber Security Centre on resolving these. The full ISPA statement can be found here.


More police action needed on cyber crime – ISPA cyber crime event

ISPA held a session titled Tackling Cyber Crime at the annual Parliament & Internet Conference on 27 October. Chaired by Shadow Business Minister Chi Onwurah MP, the panel looked at how the Internet industry, law enforcement and Government can make the Internet a harder place to target criminals online. It was agreed that the police were limited by their jurisdiction so international co-operation was needed to make arrests and that more needed to be done to prevent young people from taking up cyber-crime. Many thanks to Chi for chairing the panel and to the speakers: Tom Owen, Memset, Jonathan Frost, City of London Police and Dr Alice Hutchings from the University of Cambridge.


Largest fixed wireless network in country goes live

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) is a public-private partnership, bringing superfast broadband to Devon and Somerset. Working with its partner, Airband Community Internet, CDS has begun to deliver one the largest fixed wireless networks in the country, covering Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks. Consumer choice is important to CDS, so we are encouraging ISP’s to offer services to residents and businesses in some of our most isolated villages and hamlets. Deployment of this open access network will be complete by December 2016, connecting over 5,800 premises and more information can be found here.


Superhero and 4Gon join ISPA

ISPA would like to welcome Superhero Broadband and 4Gon to the association. Suffolk based Superhero provide wireless broadband to consumers and business and 4Gon provide wireless networking solutions to businesses.


ISPA in the news

The new broadband advertising rules and cyber security saw ISPA feature in Ars Technica (here too) and ISP Review.

To see full ISPA coverage please click here.