ISPA is calling on the public to nominate their Internet Hero for 2021, to be crowned at ISPA’s annual Awards in November.

ISPA are asking the public to nominate organisations or individuals, who have gone above and beyond to support the internet industry, made a real difference to the online world or revolutionised the way we use the internet. From the Covid recovery to broadband rollout, broadband barrier busting and social tariffs, telecoms supply chain security and online harms, there are a large range of issues for the internet industry and public to consider in their nominations this year.

The Hero Award is an opportunity to recognise the efforts made by organisations or individuals to improve the internet in a year with continued challenges presented by Covid. The deadline for nominations is 17th September.

Last year’s Hero was awarded collectively to the Internet industry for keeping us connected in and out of lockdowns. Past heroes include Andrew Ferguson, editor at thinkbroadband in 2019, and Martha Spurrier the Director of Liberty in 2018 for their campaigning on internet privacy.

ISPA Chairman, Andrew Glover said: “In a year of continued challenges from the pandemic, the industry has continued to rise to overcome these challenges, especially in gigabit-capable broadband rollout which has now passed 40% coverage. The Hero Award is an excellent opportunity to see the work performed by organisations and individuals recognised at the ISPA awards. We look forward to seeing who the public would like to see take the much-coveted 2021 Internet Hero Award.”

How to nominate

Nominations can be submitted to ISPA via email ( or via twitter (@ISPAUK) using the hashtags #InternetHero. The deadline to send nominations in on the 17th September.

The ISPA Council will review the list of nominations and choose the winners which will be announced at the ISPA Awards ceremony on 4th November at the Sheraton Grand Park Hotel in London.

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