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ISPA Awards 2012 Winners
Tuesday 03 July 2012 23:03:00 by Andrew Ferguson

B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) has been appointed the Internet Hero at the 14th annual ISPA (Internet Service Provider Association) awards for bringing high speed fibre-optic broadband to rural communities, and setting an example for other projects to follow. The ITU has been awarded the Internet villain award for its Internet governance policies which might lead to a less open and free Internet.

In total, ISPA announced the winners in 14 categories at the star studded ceremony located in the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel. Keynote speakers at the event included Dr Peter Cochrane, former CTO at BT, who has been very outspoken on the BT Groups focus on FTTC in its fibre roll-outs, and social media expert Tom Scott.

"ISPA would like to congratulate all the winners and thank all the attendees and sponsors for making the evening possible. It's been another important and fast-moving 12 months for the internet industry, and the Awards are a good measure of achievement and innovation in the past year."

Nicholas Lansman, ISPA Secretary General

For the winners in each category, see the table below.

Award Winner
Best Consumer Fixed Broadband Plusnet
Best Business Fixed Broadband Fluidata
Best Consumer Customer Service Catalyst2
Best Business Customer Service KC Business
Best SME Business Hosting Netcetera
Best Large Business Hosting Fidonet
Best New ISP Hyperoptic
Internet Safety & Security TalkTalk
Best Internet Telephony iNet Telecoms (Voipfone)
Best Managed Service Innovation Fluidata
Digital Inclusion (in association with Go ON UK) Mersey Travel
Customer Choice MacAce
Internet Hero Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN)
Internet Villain International Telecommunications Union (ITU)


Posted by MrTAToad2 over 5 years ago
Wonder if someone from the ITU will come along and pick up their "award" ?
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
Wow, what a night! Thanks to the ISPA people for a fantastic event, and for choosing B4RN as internet hero, our community are honoured to be the winners and voted for by their peers in the networking world as worthy of it. We still have a long way to go, but we'll get there. Heroes can do IT. Right.
Was awesome to meet so many fantastic people in one room. Thanks from Lancashire to you all.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Congrats B4RN! :) More publicity more interest
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
ISPA 'awards' mean nothing.

IspReview Top 50 list wins the day as usual.
Posted by forsaken over 5 years ago
Totally biased but surprised not to see Sky on there as they are still one of the few to have a unlimited download service.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
If Sky did not step forward and say we would like to be in the running, and submit to the technical testing, then they can't win an award.

Registrations usually are done in Jan of each year, so towards the end of the year is the time to pester providers if you think they should enter.
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