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ISPA welcome nominations for Internet Hero and Villain awards
Monday 16 May 2011 13:11:23 by John Hunt

ISPA, the Internet Service Provider Association, a trade body for UK Internet Providers are inviting the general public to nominate contenders for this year's Internet Hero and Internet Villain awards which it runs as part of its annual ISPA award ceremony.

Previous years have seen the Hero Winners include the IWF for their work on combating child sex abuse content online, and last year, Tom Watson for leading the opposition in the fight against the Digital Economy Bill. The controversial Villain award was last year given to Lord Mandelson with the previous year going to the Australian Government and Stephen Conroy for pushing for network level blocking despite national and international opposition.

If you'd like to suggest something, nominations are open until Monday the 23rd of May and you can send them in via e-mail to awards@ispa.org.uk or on Twitter to @ISPAUK using the #ISPAs hash tag.

Comments

Posted by alwall over 5 years ago
First!
And before cyberdoyle's stuck record gets revved up to its full 78rpm I'd like to take this opportunity to say that BT are the most heroic ISP the world has ever seen :-)
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
IWF for their censorship...

They don't help combat child abuse, they merely cover it up and force abusers underground making the problem even worse.

And who cares what ISPA thinks, they only ever focus on the **** and/or big players...
Posted by TaRkADaHl over 5 years ago
Would actually be interesting to see BT getting an award for spending £2.5 Billion helping out the majority.

But I suspect some dafties will vote for Fujitsu for considering to spend less to help less.
Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
@alwall, knew this site was full of BT fanboys
Posted by Alchemyfire over 5 years ago
I nominate government for the Villain Award. I wouldnt be so quick to heap so much praise on BT. They have continued to only invest in highly populated areas, whilst continuing to give the rest of the country the middle finger.
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
I nominate Ofcom for mismanaging the UK ISP market and pursuing 'low cost' at the expense of 'good service'.
Posted by embarkell over 5 years ago
<i>... I wouldnt be so quick to heap so much praise on BT. They have continued to only invest in highly populated areas, whilst continuing to give the rest of the country the middle finger. </i>

And the LLU providers have done what???
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
@Alchemyfire

At the end of the day BT is a private company and has no reason to look out for anyone but themselves.

People seem to lump BT in the public sector when it comes to decision making.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
@embarkell

"And the LLU providers + Virgin have done what??? "
Posted by Alchemyfire over 5 years ago
I see telecoms as being a utility, as important as electricity and water. If private utility companies can manage it, i honestly dont see how BT cant
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
But its not a utility that's the difference
Posted by baby_frogmella over 5 years ago
My hero: TalkTalk's brilliant LLU service

My Villain: Talktalk's horrible customer service

<gets ready to dodge virtual bullets>
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
@Alchemyfire:Are you paying (or willing to pay) as much for your telecoms as you do for your utilities?

http://www.whatprice.co.uk/utilities/
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
If people were prepared to pay £30pcm for their broadband we might get FTTP in the first two thirds and FTTC in the final third. For £50pcm perhaps we'd get a national 99.9% FTTP roll-out.

But no. Ofcom has taught people that broadband should be cheap as chips. They have done everything possible to drive prices down and as a result there's almost no opportunity to make money off it - let alone large scale investment.

BT's motivation is to protection and that means doing the minimum possible. No-one is aiming for new markets because the money just isn't there.
Posted by Alchemyfire over 5 years ago
AndrueC, I come from South Africa, where my phone bill was more expensive than my water and electricity combined. £40+ a month just for line rental + £90 a month for internet, 384kb uncapped but shaped to hell. If you want faster speeds, you pay for it. Before leaving SA, a 4mb uncapped connection was about £250 a month excluding line rental.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
@Alchemyfire - the private utility companies were given their networks in the 1980's. They did not build them.
Posted by Alchemyfire over 5 years ago
Meh, maybe that's why Ofcom and government have dragged their feet with regulations and fiber... they don't have their finger in the pie any more so they couldn't be arsed
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