Nominations open for Eighth Annual FTTXcellence Award

The nomination period for the 2011 FTTXcellence Award, sponsored by Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW) and Lightwave, has begun. Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 PM EDT August 5.

The nomination period for the 2011 FTTXcellence Award, sponsored by Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW) and Lightwave, has begun. Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 PM EDT August 5.

The FTTXcellence Award honors an individual for leadership in the deployment of optical access networks in North America. The award sponsors have announced that Daniel O’Connell, president of the FTTH Council North America, will participate in this year’s judging.

The award will be presented September 30 at the 2011 FTTH Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL. The FTTXcellence Award winner will be honored with a donation in his or her name to One Economy Corp., a global, non-profit organization that leverages 21st Century technology to help low-income families build assets and raise their standard of living. The winner will also receive a glass statue crafted by the Steuben Glass studios in Corning, NY, and will be profiled in an issue of Lightwave magazine.

“The FTTXcellence Award has recognized outstanding and deserving winners in the past seven years from a variety of market segments, and we expect the same quality of nominations for the eighth annual award,” said Clark Kinlin, president and CEO of Corning Cable Systems. “As the leader in passive solutions for FTTX, Corning is proud to recognize those who drive its success.”

“Throughout the history of the FTTXcellence Award, we’ve seen FTTH grow from a boutique technology to the preferred vehicle for broadband service provision,” added Stephen Hardy, editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave. “Choosing the recipient of the FTTXcellence Award therefore becomes more difficult each year. The input of Mr. O’Connell will be very helpful in determining whose leadership the award will recognize in 2011.”

To be eligible for the award, candidates must be nominated by a peer. Nominees may include individuals at carriers and system operators, home developers, utilities, municipalities, or other organizations that have launched an FTTX project; individuals at vendors or research organizations whose work has benefited FTTX technology development; politicians or other policymakers who have made a significant positive impact in the regulatory or legal arena; and other deserving individuals.

Additional information, including an online nomination form, can be found at www.lightwaveonline.com/fttx/fttxcellence-2011/.

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