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ISPA UK Starts Hunting for the 2017 Best Broadband ISPs

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 (12:07 pm) - Score 860

The United Kingdom’s Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has today started the hunt for next year’s ISP industry award finalists, which covers plenty of familiar categories (e.g. Best Superfast Broadband) and some new ones (e.g. Best Rural Broadband).

Readers might recall that the winners of the ISPA’s 18th annual 2016 Internet industry awards were announced in July (here), which among other things saw London fixed wireless ISP Relish Wireless secure the winning spot for ‘Best Consumer Broadband‘ and Hyperoptic take home the ‘Best Superfast Broadband‘ award.

As usual entry into next year’s event remains free and the deadline to register is 27th January 2017, while the written entry forms need to be completed by 31st March 2017. The new categories for 2017 include: Best Rural Broadband Award (i.e. recognising the work so many alternative networks are doing in hard-to-reach areas), Best Wholesale ISP and Executive of the Year.

The entrants will be scrutinised by a “panel of industry experts“, while broadband ISPs, website hosts and VoIP providers must also undergo “rigorous technical testing” in order to help identify a short-list of potential winners (conducted between 6th February and 31st March).

James Blessing, Chair of the ISPA, said:

“As ISPs continue to invest in networks and deliver great Internet services, I am pleased to launch the 2017 ISPAs. These awards celebrate the true breadth and diversity of the UK Internet industry, which plays a vital role for the UK economy and society. With technical testing and expert judges, these are the most independent awards in the sector and I look forward to seeing a record number of entries.”

The results will then be announced on 13th July 2017 at Café de Paris in London’s West End.

The 2017 ISPA Award Categories
Best Superfast Broadband
Best Business Broadband
Best Rural Broadband
Best Wireless
Best Wholesale ISP
Best Host
Best VoIP
Best Business Customer Service
Best Consumer Customer Service
Best Hardware
Best Marketing Campaign
Best Cloud Service
Best Tech Law Firm
Executive of the Year
Security Award
Internet Hero
Internet Villain

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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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4 Responses
  1. captain.cretin says:

    Any bets on which ISPs will have the biggest bulging brown envelopes at the ready??

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      In my experience that’s definitely NOT how the ISPA operates. Indeed they tend to award much smaller providers, unlike a fair few of the big comparison sites that give an award to almost every one of the big ISPs they list.

    2. captain.cretin says:

      OK, duly noted, this is the one set of awards that can be trusted.

  2. Data Analysis says:

    My word is it sponsor a category for a few grand and get a free award time again already 😀

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