On 20 May 2009, ISPA was formally recognised by the Minister of Communications as an Industry Representative Body (IRB) in terms of section 71 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (Act 25 of 2002). This recognition gives the members of ISPA special recognition and limited liability for Internet content.

ISPA has influenced and shaped telecommunications policy in South Africa since its formation in 1996. The Association has provided submissions and feedback to such key pieces of legislation as 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.

Monthly video briefings are offered to ISPA members on industry developments and regulatory news. ISPA also publishes advisories on key issues, with the goal of delivering short, easy to read advice on what ISPs need to do to comply with each set of legislation or regulations. ISPA’s regulatory advisor is also available to provide support and advice to members.