Who is ISPA?
Vander Host has been a member of ISPA (Internet Service Providers’ Association) since the beginning of 2022. They represent the South African Internet Industry and has been a key player in shaping the telecommunications policy in our country since its inception in 1996.
ISPA’s credibility and purpose
They are an active non-profit company, widely recognised by the Internet industry to help facilitate exchange between the various independent Internet service providers, ICASA and other government structures, operators and additional service providers in South Africa.
The Association has helped steer legislation like the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, the Electronic Communications Act, the ICASA Amendment Act, and the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communicated-related Information Act. They are also the only industry body recognised by the government under the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.
Why Vander Host joined ISPA
As a member of ISPA, we can offer our customers the peace of mind that Vander Host is a legally and socially responsible hosting company. ISPA monitors all pending legislation and regulations that might impact all ISPs and related businesses.
It includes but is not limited to: copyright, interception, spectrum policy, online harassment, cybercrime, and consumer protection. As a member we are continually updated on developments that might affect our (and your) business, and we have access to extensive advice via their online library.
Domain name ownership
Of particular importance for web hosting members such as Vander Host is that ISPA mandates that when we register a domain, we register the domain name in the name of our clients. This is vital for clients, because when a dispute arises, the client will have the surety that they can still transfer the domain. This policy protects our clients and ensures less friction when clients want to do transfers. It also avoids a situation where an unscrupulous hosting provider holds their client hostage, which has been known to happen.
Shaping a responsible community
The Internet Service Providers’ Association affords us many benefits as a service provider, but from a consumer perspective we appreciate that they actively engage in public outreach projects. This helps develop public awareness of online safety issues. They also cover topics like industry iCode, which aims to educate consumers about malware and zombie botnets.
ISPA in action