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The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) has announced the finalists for its Internet Hero 2012 award.

Five potential winners have been shortlisted by the trade body, based upon their contribution to the broadband industry over the last 12 months.

The first nominee is the Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) team, which is attempting to bring super-fast fibre broadband to rural north Lancashire.

According to the ISPA, the co-operative is setting an example for others to follow in remote parts of the UK.

Ofcom has also been nominated, for its independent assessment of the controversial website blocking measures in the Digital Economy Act.

The media regulator found the provisions to be neither 'practical' nor 'desirable', reflecting the opinion of many UK broadband providers.

Another nominee is Reg Bailey, Chief Executive of the Mothers' Union, who carried out a review into childhood sexualisation on behalf of the government.

He has led calls for parents and guardians to be given an active choice to implement parental controls when signing up for broadband services.

Fourth on the shortlist is the Foreign Secretary William Hague MP, for his comments on the free and unrestricted use of the web.

Speaking at the London Cyber Conference, the former Conservative leader said the future internet must be without government control or censorship, allowing innovation and competition to flourish.

Finally, the Court of Justice of the European Union has been nominated for ruling against the requirement of a costly filter for copyright-infringing material in the Scarlet-Sabam case.

ISPA Secretary General Nicholas Lansman explained that the body received a record number of award nominations this year from the public.

"The Hero nominations are always a pleasure to announce and this year’s strong contenders have been chosen for promoting, developing or defending the interests of the Internet industry," he explained.

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