ISPA Conference 2010 - Early Bird Discount Ends this Weekend -

This weekend is your last chance to register for the early bird discount to the ISPA Conference 2010 - Delivering the Digital Economy. The conference will give you the latest news from industry, government and others on developments and regulations that will affect your company.

It is an opportunity to hear about the implications of the initial obligations code and the BT TalkTalk judicial review of the Digital Economy Act. Other panel discussions will talk about the commercial advantages of cloud, virtualisation services and delivering future content.

Also on the agenda are presentations from Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the NUJ, talking about his thoughts on a levy for ISPs and Simon Towler from BIS who will talk about Broadband Delivery UK.

ISPA is pleased to announce that online backup company Mozy, which is part of EMC, has become a sponsor of the Conference and you can hear from them on the Cloud services panel session. Detica is also a sponsor at the Conference and if you would like to discuss other sponsorship and speaking opportunities please contact

The Conference is an all-day event kindly hosted at the London Offices of Law Firm Bird & Bird on the 1st December. You can find the full agenda here and if you register before the 31st October you will benefit from the early bird rate. Prices are frozen from last year and there is a heavily discounted price for members.

ISPA Holds Net Neutrality Workshop at the Parliament and Internet Conference 

ISPA held a lively workshop on Net Neutrality at the Parliament and Internet Conference this month where delegates discussed views on traffic management and explored whether there is a need for more consumer awareness and protection.

It was agreed by delegates at the start and end of the session that there was a need for traffic management for the running of modern networks. However, in a vote at the end, attendees changed their initial opinion and felt that there may be a need for legislation in this area.

The panel was chaired by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondent and included representatives from O2, Skype, Ofcom and Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge.

Ian Roy from O2 broadly supported the market competition angle and highlighted that prioritisation of traffic enables ISPs to offer tailored services that deliver the packages that their customers demand. Skype, however, was concerned that service-based discrimination harms consumers as well as content providers.

Ofcom made it clear that issues relating to freedom of expression were not for Ofcom to decide upon and had to be dealt with by Government. In relation to the technical aspects of traffic management, Ofcom stated that there was insufficient evidence to justify tight regulation. Julian Huppert MP took a cautious view and highlighted that a pure market-based system may fail to protect consumers.

Three New Members Join ISPA this Month 

Red Rock Media, GLX Website Hosting and Watchfront have joined ISPA in October.

Red Rock Media provide telephone and broadband comparison services , GLX Website Hosting offer Domain Name Registration and Website Hosting - and Watchfront provide ADSL internet access, Server co-location, Hardware Firewalls and Bespoke Electronics -

A full list of ISPA Members and benefits of membership can be found on the website.

New Deal for Members

ISPA has negotiated a new deal for members with market research company GfK NOP on a discount for their Broadband Market Report. The report details key insights into the GB Broadband market, highlighting consumer trends over time, with extra analysis and opinion provided by Point Topic.

The report is exclusively available to ISPA’s smaller members and highlights include ISP Market Shares by Region and Acquisitions and Broadband Acquisition Type. Contact for more details or login to the deals for members section of the ISPA website.

Other deals for members include discount on legal advice, magazine subscriptions and events as well as free membership of CISAS. For more information about benefits of membership please or 020 7340 8740.

Discount to Events in November 

ISPA has negotiated a discount for members to four events in November including the Broadband Traffic Management 2010, the NextGen 10 Conference, the 2nd Digital Convergence Summit and Apps World.

For details on the events and discounts for members visit -

ISPA in the News 

ISPA was quoted in the news this month on issues including broadband coverage and traffic management.

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