Key Milestones & Victories for ISPA

Year Milestone Description
1996 Formation of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA).
1996 SATRA rules that Telkom’s monopoly does not extend to the Internet protocol, blocking Telkom’s attempt to extend its monopoly to include Internet access.
1996 Establishment of the Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) by ISPA members.
2000 Teachers’ Training program launched to provide computer and Internet literacy to teachers from disadvantaged backgrounds.
2001 ISPA and UniForum host the inaugural iWeek conference that continues annually to this day.
2001 ISPA becomes a founder member of AfrISPA.
2004 WiFi LANs (Local Area Networks) are declared legal by ICASA, as a result of hearings requested by ISPA.
2004 ISPA negotiates IPC agreement with Telkom enabling larger ISPs to provide alternative ADSL solutions.
2006 The IRB guidelines are published after a period of 4 years, primarily due to the pressure exerted by ISPA.
2007 Concerned about the potential anti-competitive consequences ISPA successfully lobbies the Competition Commission to prevent Telkom’s proposed acquisition of BCX.
2007 Teachers’ Training program reaches a milestone of 1000 teachers trained.
2007 ISPA becomes a founder member of the International Internet Industry Alliance (IIIA).
2008 First public Hall of Shame report published for South African spammers.
2009 ICASA completes the licenses conversion process for existing VANS licence holders (including many ISPA members) on 19th January.
2009 ISPA launches an ISP entrepreneur training course.
2009 Teachers’ Training program reaches a milestone of 1500 teachers trained.
2009 ISPA officially recognised as an IRB by the Department of Communications.
2010 ISPA launches an industry iCode to protect consumers from malware and computer infections.
2011 The tenth annual iWeek conference takes place in Johannesburg.
2012 The iWeek conference is held in Cape Town for the first time.
2013 ISPA concludes Ketler case. ISPA accepted settlement of the costs incurred by ISPA as a result of legal action brought against it by the online marketing company in June 2012.
2014 ISPA participates in the national ICT policy colloquiums to develop a new national policy framework.
2015 African Union Commission awards INX-ZA a grant to expand the Internet exchanges to support regional users.
2015 ISPA’s Code of Conduct comprehensively review to take legislative developments into account.
2015 ISPA collaborates with other ICT bodies to form the South African ICT Industry Associations Forum (SAIIAF)
2016 DINX becomes the first multi-site exchange point in Africa.
2016 Together with SAIIAF and civil society, ISPA lobbies to prevent pre-emptive classification of online content by the Films and Publications Board.
2016 JINX expands to cover three sites within Johannesburg.

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