The 2010 ISPA awards (ISPAs) are now open for entries, and this year include two new awards - the Access Innovation Award, designed to reward those who have shown innovation in getting services to notspots and the Digital Inclusion Award which rewards those who have helped socially or economically disadvantaged people get online.
As ever, the usual awards are open to help define the best ISP in various categories including consumer and business broadband, mobile broadband, customer service, hosting and telephony. Awards are based on both technical testing and an independent judging panel which should help identify the best.
The two interesting categories are Internet Hero and Internet Villain which recognise people who have worked to help develop (or hinder) the Internet industry in the past year. One suggestion for Villain could be Lord Mandelson for his work on the Digital Economy Bill and the controversial clause 17 which would give the Secretary of State the right to change Internet copyright laws without debate or scrutiny, if it gets passed by Government.
The winners of the awards will be announced in July 2010.