Fluidata was crowned for having the best business fixed broadband service in the UK at this year's Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA) awards.

The independent judges felt that Fluidata' s service offered "value for money on an entry level service", that it "scaled up well", as well as "offering IPv6 and a variety of speeds and services".

Plusnet was crowned the best consumer fixed broadband service. The judges said they were impressed with Plusnet's "flexibility, good range of services, value for money, 10-day cancellation and pre-configured routers".

There were also awards for hosted business services. The best SME business hosting award went to Netcetera, with judges recognising Netcetera's entry level service, which features a variety of payment methods and 30-day money back guarantee.

The best large business hosting award was given to Fidonet for its pre-sales consultation and load balancing.

Among other awards, Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) was made "internet hero" of the year for bringing high speed internet into remote rural communities, "setting an example for others to follow".

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was unveiled as this year's "internet villain", for its "internet governance land-grab" which "could lead to a less open and free internet, controlled by governments in a top-down manner".

Nicholas Lansman, ISPA secretary general, said: "It's been another important and fast-moving 12 months for the internet industry, and the awards are a good measure of achievement and innovation in the past year."