ISPA Awards reveal best broadband and worst internet villain

The ISPA (Internet Service Provider Association) announced the winners of the 2016 ISPA Awards at a rather swanky-looking event last night, revealing who the Association thinks are the best and worst in the world of broadband.

The all-important Best Consumer Broadband award went to Relish, a wireless provider in central London that offers unlimited broadband on 30-day contracts. The ISPA praised Relish's "great and transparent service" and "focus on a customer base".

Best Superfast Broadband went to Hyperoptic - not surprising, given that it offers affordable 1Gb broadband all over the country - for its ability to expand its footprint without compromising its service.

Best Business Broadband went to Venus; Best Wireless went to Wessex Internet; and little-known wireless provider Wifinity took home the Best Customer Service prize.

The most exciting awards of all, however, were the annual Internet Hero and Internet Villain of the year. The Internet Hero gong went to Apple, for "defending the fundamental principles of encryption and customer privacy" both in its tussle with the FBI and against the UK's controversial Investigatory Powers Bill.

The 2016 Internet Villain, meanwhile, is Mossack Fonseca - of Panama Papers fame - for its rubbish approach to cybersecurity.

Here's the full list of the 2016 ISPA Award winners:

  • Internet hero - Apple
  • Internet villain - Mossack Fonseca
  • Best consumer broadband - Relish
  • Best superfast broadband - Hyperoptic
  • Best business broadband - Venus
  • Best customer service - Wifinity
  • Best wireless - Wessex Internet
  • Best CPE hardware - AVM Fritz!Box 7490
  • Best marketing campaign - Vodafone (for Terry the Turkey)
  • Security award - F-Secure
  • Safety award - UK Safer Internet Centre (for Safer Internet Day)
  • Best shared hosting - Memsnet
  • Best VoIP - Telappliant
  • Best cloud product - Storm Internet
  • Best tech law firm - Kemp Little

For all the juicy details, check out the ISPA Awards website.

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