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Peter Mandelson is ISPA's net villain of the year

Labour MP Tom Watson scoops 'Hero of the year' award

Lord Mandelson was named Internet Villain of the Year at the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) awards, last night.

Mandelson won the award for his work in pushing through the much-criticised Digital Economy Act, the legality of which is currently being challenged in the High Court.

However, the Internet Hero of the Year was also chosen in recognition of his work on Act. Tom Watson, the Labour MP for West Bromwich East, was a thorn in the flesh of his own party as the parliamentary focus of the campaign against the Act.

The Internet Hero works goes to the person or organisation that has done most in developing or defending the interests of the internet industry in the past year.

Among the winners in the industry category were Be broadband for best fixed consumer broadband, while Plusnet won the award for best consumer service. The award for access innovation went to Cybermoor with Gradwell picking up the gong for best internet telephony service.

The ISPAs have been run since 1999 and represent a range of sectors in the internet industry.The winners are chosen by a panel of judges made up of internet experts including lawyer, consultants, journalists and a former president of the European Internet Service Providers Association.

See also: ISPs make HMRC the internet's number-one villain


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