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Dixon's Freeserve and the Great Stan of Software have taken top honours at the Internet Service Providers Association's (ISPA) first ever Internet Industry Awards. In a glittering ceremony in the heart of London's West End, crowds flocked to watch the leading players of the UK Net industry converge on the Cafe Royal in Piccadilly. Peter Wilkinson -- the man behind Dixons' Freeserve -- was voted Personality of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the Net industry. And to round off a perfect evening for Freeserve it was voted Best consumer ISP in the UK -- an award sponsored by software Stan. But Stan's Internet Explorer was also honoured for being the Most Useful Software -- praise indeed especially from anyone who's used it. Elsewhere, Which? On-line won Best ISP Web Site and Compaq won Best Hardware Supplier -- an award sponsored by AOL UK. Tim Pearson, chairman of ISPA, said: "The awards were given by the industry to applaud individuals, companies and products whose achievements are worthy of special attention. "They are unique in that they give the Internet industry the opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous strides made by this young and fast-moving sector." Next year The Register hopes to pick up a gong or two, maybe for most serious approach to news reporting... ®

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