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The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) is seeking out this year's Internet Heroes and Villains.

Members of the public are being asked to nominate those who have done the most, or least, to improve broadband speeds and coverage in the UK for one of the gongs.

Winners will follow in the footsteps of MP Tom Watson who was named a broadband hero for voting against the controversial digital economy bill, while Peter Mandelson emerged a villain for introducing the legislation in the first place.

Those likely to appear on the shortlist for the hero accolade this year include broadband providers BT and TalkTalk, who bravely took the Digital Economy Act to Judicial Review, while the ISPA thinks that speculative invoicing of alleged file sharers could lead ACS Law to get a nod in the villain category, reports Computer Active.

This year is the first time that the public can have their say in who makes it on the awards' shortlist, with the trade body then selecting the two overall winners.

"This year we wanted to involve the public and get some suggestions from them as to who they would like to see crowned Internet Hero or Villain," the ISPA told the news provider.

"The ISPA Council will consider all the suggestions and then decide on a shortlist, which we will announce next week."

People can either email their nominations to or tweet the name of their nominee of choice to ISPA using the hashtag #ISPAs.

All nominations need to be in by May 23rd.

The heroes and villains awards are part of the overall annual ISPA Awards ceremony. Other, more serious, categories include Best Consumer Fixed Broadband ISP, Best Mobile Broadband ISP, Digital Inclusion Award and Bets Consumer Customer Service ISP.

The awards will be held on July 7th.  

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