Corning, Lightwave open nominations for 5th annual FTTXcellence Award

APRIL 21, 2008 -- Corning Inc. and Lightwave magazine are honoring an individual for his or her contributions to the deployment of optical access networks in North America with the fifth annual FTTXcellence Award. The award will be presented on September 23, at the 2008 FTTH Conference in Nashville, TN.

APRIL 21, 2008 -- Corning Inc. (search for Corning) and Lightwave magazine are honoring an individual for his or her contributions to the deployment of optical access networks in North America with the fifth annual FTTXcellence Award (search for FTTXcellence Award). The award will be presented on September 23, at the 2008 FTTH Conference in Nashville, TN.

"The FTTXcellence Award has received outstanding nominations in the past four years, and each year we have recognized a deserving individual for their contributions to the FTTx market," explains Clark Kinlin, president and CEO of Corning Cable Systems. "As the leader in passive solutions for FTTx, it is fitting that Corning does its part to recognize those who lead to its success."

"FTTx technology promises to provide a wealth of new, high-speed services to homes and businesses across North America," adds Stephen Hardy, editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave. "We at Lightwave are pleased to partner with Corning to recognize those who have taken the lead in bringing these benefits to consumers and other end-users."

To be eligible to win 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 a fiber-to-the-x (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.

Nominations are accepted online at www.lightwaveonline.com and must be received by August 15, 2008. A panel of judges from Corning and Lightwave will select the winner from the submitted nominations.

In addition to an awards ceremony at the FTTH Conference, the winner will be honored with a donation in his or her name to One Economy Corporation, a national non-profit organization created to maximize the potential of technology to help low-income people build assets and raise their standard of living. The winner will also receive an award of Steuben glass, crafted by the world-renowned glass artists of the Steuben Glass studios in Corning, NY, and will be profiled in an issue of Lightwave magazine.

Past winners

Ron Troyer, outside plant and central office plant manager of Union Telephone in Farmington, NH, was the recipient of the 2007 FTTXellence Award. Troyer realized the benefits of an FTTH architecture for both the community residents and his company, and Union Telephone became the first independent telephone company in New Hampshire to deploy an FTTH network and one of the first in the Northeastern United States.

Glen Lang, CEO of Connexion Technologies, received the 2006 FTTXcellence Award. As CEO of one of the nation's leading providers of FTTH technology, Lang led Connexion's effort to provide advanced services to residents through FTTH, which has resulted in widespread developer acceptance, increased industry attention, and vendor commitments.

James Hettrick with the City of Loma Linda, CA, received the 2005 award. As director of information systems for the city, Hettrick led Loma Linda to become the first city in America to pass an ordinance requiring FTTH and structured-wiring infrastructure in all new home and business developments.

George Bell of Verizon was the winner of the inaugural FTTXcellence Award. In his nomination form, Bell was praised for his leadership and spirit to deploy innovative technologies that make FTTx a reality.


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