The Kotaku Awards 2011: Nominate Your Favourite ADSL/Cable ISP

Alright we're kicking off award season at Kotaku, and this week we're taking nominations! Every day this week we're taking nominations on each specific category. Next week we'll put up the poll, and the week afterwards we'll announce the winners.

Today's nominations are for ADSL/Cable internet service providers -- and while that may seem strange for a site like Kotaku, these awards are being organised in conjunction with our sister sites Gizmodo and Lifehacker.

So, did iiNet’s irish approach appeal? Are you part of the Internode pony horde? Or did Telstra’s Cable speed blow the opposition away? Whatever your choice, nominations are now open. There’s only one way to make your choice for ADSL/Cable ISP of the year known, and that’s by getting noisy in the comments below.


Comments

    TPG hands down best net provider for ADSL2.

      +1. Unlimited ADSL2+ for $30/month rivals AMERICAN ISP pricing, let alone Australian. TPG is the best ISP without a doubt.

      Apart from the fact they're not available in a lot of areas or have limited services otherwise.

        +1 for this comment. I imagine they would be great if I could get them, but after living in 3 different houses, in 3 different metro areas, I still haven't been able to sign up with them.

        I'm with Adam internet though, who are great, but they're exclusive to SA I'm pretty sure.

          indeed,

          And in some places they have rather crap service anyway.

          It's easy to offer nice pricing if your only servicing area's where you can get a high take up rate

      +1 TPG hands down. Best unlimited plan in Australia, huge quotas for non-unlimted, and no charge for upload bandwidth. I'm on their $59 unlimited plan (including line rental!), and all family and friends are on the entry level $29 plan. With this setup I can backup all their PC's to my server using Crashplan completely free... and the value this brings is beyond belief.

      TransACT Victoria, Offering 100mbp Uncongested Regional Cable Broadband. At a more affordable price then any competitor or NBN can offer. Fantastic Service for a Exceptional price.

      I should work in their marketing team, lol.

      The people who say TPG are good make me sick to be frank, What is wrong with you? You clearly must of been on TPG before any other ISP. Definitely should make sure you have tried other ISP's before you vote for the "WORST" ISP in Australia.

        They are pretty good till something goes wrong, then you find out way they are so cheap. They have almist no one based here. If they go down, they may tame weeks to sub contract the problem.

        +1 for this comment

        TPG is perhaps the worst ISP around. Everyone seems to go through a "honey-moon" period with them. As soon as something goes wrong, they find out why they are so cheap and so bad.

        at the end of the day, you really do get what you pay for. Theres a reason why they are so cheap...

        i saw this coming when their plans first came out, it seemed way too good to be true. I'll still with bigpond, might be more expensive but they have solved every problem i've ever had within hours, and connection dropouts are non-existent. i don't even live near a tower thing and we get near 1 mb/s download speed, which is good enough for anything.

      +1 for TPG, never unlimtied downloads, great speed

        +1 TPG for UNLIMITED. Albeit their drop outs, but I never complain because of the price.

      +1 TPG, been with them for 12 months (although only on a 6 month plan, I was wary of the super cheap price) and I've never had a problem! And I mean never. They are so much better than both Telstra and Optus (I've been on both at different times), who both have shitty customer service and massive prices, almost no value for the cost compared, and try to swindle people out of more money!

    Can we unvote? I want to take a vote for Netspace away.

      Same here, since the iinet takeover, they've been going down hill

    Internode...

    Its because i have been with internode for 4 years and never had any issues with their service and their customer service is normally top notch.

    Plus i get unmetered steam content so i can download games and not come off my monthy quota.

      Internode +1

      Internode +1

      +1 Internode

      reliable, affordable, excellent customer service

      +1 to this, never had a problem with them, always reliable

      +1 for Node. Customer service set them far above others, for me.

        +1 for 'Node. For one simple reason, free access to usenet. Not many people take advantage of free usenet (usually 30/month or so) through Astraweb (one of the better usenet providers). If you get all your content through P2P and Torrents, you're missing out. I'm on a RIM so the fastest I can get is 8mbit, but I still pull 1.1mb/sec every time I download anything from usenet. No peers, just pure speed. Internode FTW.

      +1
      Large amount of unmetered content, super helpful customer support and makes great use of social media to connect with its users.

    Iinet. Best customer service.

      +1

      as well as unmetered Steam & (once & only the once) PSN

        +1 I've been with iinet for 6 months with only 1 issue, but iinet fixed that up pretty much straight away. I'm very glad I left Optus and 3 behind for iiNet

          I have six high bandwidth users and really have to commend the reliability and speed of iinet. No slow downs in 18months.

            Been with iinet for 4 years and 4 moves. Had 3-4 service issues that were worked through fairly efficiently. Can't complain about my usage limits being increased fairly regularly over that period too.

            They get my vote.

      +1 for iinet. Especially now with the mobile bundled onto the same plan.

      I agree. iinet gets my vote!

      A bit late, but +1

    I'm going with internode, great support and an all round good business imo. I also love the fact the commitment they give to gaming.

      Ok... that last sentence made no sense. I love the commitment they have for gaming. *Goes to make another coffee* :(

        It's alright man :P

        But yeah, they host several different gaming servers, all unlimited to customers. Everything from CoD to TF2 to a Minecraft server. They rock!

    Definitley NOT Optus. Only get 256 kb/s tops

    FUCK TPG, WORSE CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER

      ^ True that.

      +1 vote for aaNet. Customer service is a lot better IMO. And they're cheaper too (well for me they are anyway).

        While aaNet are pretty cheap, I experienced terrible speeds from them, and had a number of issues, of which I experienced practically non existent customer service. In fact, I'm pretty sure they stopped responding to me, and my problem was eventually solved by a volunteer on their forums. Maybe they have improved since then, but I wouldn't sign up with them again.

      TPG ruined their reputation with me 7 years ago when their dialup service didn't work and I was constantly redirected to an overseas call center.
      Currently with Adam Internet: not the cheapest, but their support is excellent.

    I'm gonna vote for iiNet. They've got great customer service and they've got heaps of awesome stuff on their freezone, like Steam, abc iview and Xbox Live, just to name a few. I have stupidly slow upload speeds with them, but for the most part the service they provide is great.

    Always found Telstra reliable. Haven't really shopped around for years though, so unsure whether or not to place a vote for them.

    I think I'm going to say, yeah, I'll vote Telstra.

      Agreed. I've been with Telstra for 8 years and I've had no problems what so ever.

        Agree...moved to Bigpond Cable and love it. High speed and no issues.

      Another vote for BigPond. The only ISP that doesn't oversell their bandwidth, atleast in Regional areas. I'm on ADSL2+ with them and I download from the PSN at 21mbit (Yeah I live next door to the exchange). On other providers I get about 9mbit.

      +1 for telstra.
      Dumped iiNet to go with them after iiNet kept screwing up my invoices and double billing me every month, then refused to refund it choosing to add it as a credit to my account.

      When I left them they had to pay me just over $1300.

    Internode

    Another vote for internode :)

    +1 Internode

    Optus is absolutely terrible, they had to come out to my house SEVEN seperate times and spend basically the entire day there every time to try and figure out the problems with my connection.

    The problems in the end? The moron who first installed my internet decided to put in a 10 way RGA6 splitter under my house that was losing all our connection and he also used incredibly low quality home made RGA6 that had all the ends falling off..

    It took them seven visits to my house to figure that was the problem. Hell I feel stupid for not going under my house and fixing it myself, which I could have done quite easily if I had known that was the issue..

    Worst ISP ever. It's a shame I can't change because they have me and my family so locked into plans with EVERYTHING -_-

      that's because optus is too bust complaining that everything is unfair the second telstra or any other big company get's to pricing that is equivilant to there's

      It's not as big a problem as it used to be, but when telstra offered 25GB on insanely high prices it was because everytime they added more usage or dropped the price a little optus went on a rant about how it was uncompetitive.

      Completely ignoring the fact that for alot of the more regional australia telstra is the only option because neither optus or anyone else bother's installing ADSL2+ equipment in exchanges.

      Where i live all that is available is telstra or telstra wholesale through another company, which essentially means i'm with telstra. And i'd go back if it wasn't for there stupid shaping

    I've been with iiNet for over 2 years, the customer service, the freezone unmetered stuff(ABC iView, Steam servers and Xbox Live content) and the speed is great.

    Internode. Great customer service, unmetered content and gaming servers. Love them.

    TPG

    Internode!

    iiNet is pretty rad.

    Telstra have really stepped up their game and I'm very happy with them.

    Internode despite jacking up the cost of my plan by $10

    iinet, I've been using them since ADSL2+ became available pretty much (before that was on telstra cable >_<) customer service has always been impeccable and friendly. Prices are great and never had any issues with service (rare downtime at my old house but there was major storms so that applied to everyone not just iinet customers)

    Oh yeah and steam freezone is damn handy (I know a few other major ISP's offer that too)

    NOT Bigpond. The only reason I'm with them is because they're the only provider in my area who support ADSL2.

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