Zen spirits away three ISPAs

Zen Internet was the biggest winner on Thursday night

Zen Internet walked away with three gongs at Thursday night's Internet Service Providers Association awards.

The ISP won best heavy business broadband provider, best uncontended service and best business ISP during a lively ceremony hosted by comedian Dominic Holland.

Among their accolades, the judges said Zen is one of the "original and best" ISPs and that they considered the company to be a co-operative and supportive service provider with a personal approach to its customers typified by good technical support and account management.

The audience clearly enjoyed watching the losers on the night get less charitable treatment from Holland, who after noting that all the winners were congregated near the front of the venue, asked if Tesco — which had been nominated for several awards — was there. On hearing a cheer from that table, somewhere near the back of the room, he quipped: "Well you might as well go home." Tesco failed to win an award.

Those who did win awards were: BISCit Internet for Best Dial-Up; UKFast for Best Hosting Provider; Tiscali for Best Portal; Groovy Gecko for Best Streaming Service; Exa Networks for Best Light Business Broadband; UK online for Best Light Consumer Broadband; Madasafish for Best Heavy Consumer Broadband: Telewest Business Essentials for Best Sumo Business Broadband: Be Unlimited for Best Sumo Consumer Broadband: and Wanadoo for Best Consumer ISP.

The All Party Parliamentary Internet Group won Internet Hero Award, and the representative for the UK Presidency of the European Union seemed almost as happy to be awarded the Internet Villain Award.

The Internet Watch Foundation Award for Developments in Online Safety went to Virtual Global Taskforce, for the partnership between worldwide law enforcement agencies and the Internet industry which is working to make the Internet a safer place for children.