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ISPA welcome nominations for Internet Hero and Villain awards

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 [email protected] or on Twitter to @ISPAUK using the #ISPAs hash tag.

Comments

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 :-)

  • alwall
  • over 6 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...

  • otester
  • over 6 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.

  • TaRkADaHl
  • over 6 years ago

@alwall, knew this site was full of BT fanboys

  • creakycopperline
  • over 6 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.

  • Alchemyfire
  • over 6 years ago

I nominate Ofcom for mismanaging the UK ISP market and pursuing 'low cost' at the expense of 'good service'.

  • AndrueC
  • over 6 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???

  • embarkell
  • over 6 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.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

@embarkell

"And the LLU providers + Virgin have done what??? "

  • GMAN99
  • over 6 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

  • Alchemyfire
  • over 6 years ago

But its not a utility that's the difference

  • GMAN99
  • over 6 years ago

My hero: TalkTalk's brilliant LLU service

My Villain: Talktalk's horrible customer service

<gets ready to dodge virtual bullets>

  • baby_frogmella
  • over 6 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/

  • AndrueC
  • over 6 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.

  • AndrueC
  • over 6 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.

  • Alchemyfire
  • over 6 years ago

@Alchemyfire - the private utility companies were given their networks in the 1980's. They did not build them.

  • Somerset
  • over 6 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

  • Alchemyfire
  • over 6 years ago

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