Sky and Plusnet win awards celebrating best broadband providers

Satellite TV company Sky's broadband was named best in the UK overall, while Yorkshire based provider Plusnet was praised for having the best customer service.

Broadband providers including Sky and Plusnet won prizes at this year's ISPA Awards, an annual event celebrating the UK's best internet services.

At a ceremony in London last night, organised by the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), a trade body representing broadband providers, Sky was named best for fixed-line broadband, beating fellow nominees including last year's winner Plusnet.

However, the Yorkshire based provider did scoop the prize for Best Customer Service.

Best Superfast Broadband went to fibre optic specialist Hyperoptic, which recently unveiled expansion plans to reach half a million UK households with its 'ultrafast' 1Gb service. At present, it's used by around 20,000 homes and businesses in London.

Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan was granted the dubious honour of being the internet's Villain of the Year, after he described social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter as a "menace to society".

Liberal Democrat MP Dr Julian Huppert was named Hero of the Year for his "tireless campaigning" against the Communications Data Bill, the government's so-called internet snooping charter.

Nicholas Lansman, ISPA secretary general, said: "The Hero and Villain awards have been part of the ISPAs since the first awards in 1999, and Julian Huppert is a worthy Hero, being sometimes a lone voice advocating the importance of the internet in parliament.

"Recep Erdogan also deserves his award for the way he has prevented his citizens expressing themselves online.

"ISPA would like to congratulate all the winners. It's been a crucial year for the internet industry in the UK and the 15th ISPA Awards show the sheer diversity and innovation in a very successful part of British industry."

This is the second consecutive year that Plusnet has picked up an award at the ISPA Awards, having won the prize for Best Consumer Fixed Broadband in 2012.

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