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The 2004 ISPA Finalists Announced
By: MarkJ - 19 January, 2004 (9:43 AM)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has finally announced its shortlist for 2004's awards. They cover categories from the 'Best Consumer ISP' to 'Internet Hero', our summary can be found below:

ISP Division

Best National Consumer ISP
Freeserve
NDO
Tiscali
UK Online
V21
VISPA

Best National Business ISP
Claranet
Datanet International
Easynet
Netservices
Pipemedia
Pipex

Best Small Business ISP
Claranet
Easynet
Fastnet International
Netservices
Pipex
VISPA

Best Consumer Broadband ISP
Blueyonder from Telewest Broadband
Bulldog Communications
Freeserve
Pipex
Tiscali
UK Online

Best Business Broadband ISP
Claranet
Datanet International
Easynet
Mailbox Internet
Mistral
Netscalibur

Best Metered Dial-up
Easynet
Freeserve
Inspiron
Tiscali
V21
ViaNetworks

Best Unmetered Dial-up
Blueyonder - Telewest Broadband
BTOpenworld
Freeserve
Kingston Communications
One.Tel
Totalise

Best Hosting Provider
Easynet
Freenetname
Mistral
NDO
Netscalibur
UKOnline

Supplier Division

Best Hardware
Cisco
Electronic Frontier Ltd
Flexi-Serve
Nortel
Sandvine

Best Third-party Application
Brightmail
IP Support
Mirapoint
Vytec Solutions
Zeus

Best Carrier
Easynet
Energis
Exponential-e
Fibernet
Telefonica

Best Internet Exchange
AboveNet
Ams-ix
Linx
Manap
XchangePoint

Best Search Facility
All the web
e-spotting media
Go Bango
Google
Overture

Special Awards

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Award
4Learning/The Department for Education and Skills - “for Grid Club”
Disney Online - "for Safe Surfing with Doug"
BBCi - "for Dongle"
Freeserve - "for their child protection help pages"
ERICA - "for their child safety on the internet advice"

Internet Hero
Law Commission for England & Wales - "for calling for a change to the law relating to defamation on the internet"

Steve Linford and Spamhaus - "for educating people about spam, endeavouring to thwart spammers and urging the US to reject the opt-out approach to spam legislation "

Mary Tait from the Department of Trade and Industry - “for maintaining a balanced approach and striving for a joined-up approach to the variety of issues affecting the Internet industry in the E-Commerce Directive, the new Data Protection Directive and Communications Act.”

Richard Thomas and the Office of the Information Commissioner – “for demonstrating a pragmatic and user-friendly approach, not just paying lip service to such a goal.”

Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP - "for the enthusiasm he demonstrates in his role”

Internet Villain
Broadband Stakeholders' Group (BSG) "for being beset by a minority of interests, achieving little with their Government funding and not appropriately representing the true broadband industry"

The Home Office “for the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act and demonstrating a lack of responsiveness to the internet industry’s concerns about data retention.”

Recording Industry Association of America "For threatening to involve a 12 year old girl in a court action"

Derek Wyatt MP – “for lowering level of informed debate on the internet generally and spam in particular”

Verisign "for their presumption that they own the internet and the domain name system hijacking scandal"


You can find further details about the awards on the official ISPA page: http://www.ispaawards.org.uk

Who do you think should win what and why? Personally, Verisign deserves to be the Villain this year.


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