Corning, Lightwave open FTTXcellence Award nominations

Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW) and Lightwave will honor an individual for leadership in the deployment of optical access networks in North America with the ninth annual FTTXcellence Award. The award will be presented Sept. 26 at the 2012 FTTH Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas. This year, Corning and Lightwave will welcome Heather Gold, president of the FTTH Council North America, to the panel of judges who will determine the 2012 FTTXcellence Award recipient.

Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW) and Lightwave will honor an individual for leadership in the deployment of optical access networks in North America with the ninth annual FTTXcellence Award. The award will be presented Sept. 26 at the 2012 FTTH Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas. This year, Corning and Lightwave will welcome Heather Gold, president of the FTTH Council North America, to the panel of judges who will determine the 2012 FTTXcellence Award recipient.

"The FTTXcellence Award recognizes visionaries who bring attention to major advancements in the FTTx space," said Clark Kinlin , president and CEO of Corning Cable Systems. "Corning is eager to recognize those who have been generating momentum toward the ultimate goal of bringing fiber to every business and residential subscriber."

"The quality of the nominations we've seen over the years has risen tremendously," added Stephen Hardy, editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave, which has been the leading source of technical information for optical communications strategists worldwide for more than 25 years. "This year I expect to see even more diversity as the number of applications in North America using FTTx technology continues to increase."

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; other elected officials or other policymakers who have made a significant positive impact in the regulatory or legal arena; and other deserving individuals. Nominations can be submitted online at http://www.lightwaveonline.com/fttx/fttxcellence-2012.html by Aug. 1, 2012. The panel of judges from Lightwave, Corning, and the FTTH Council 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 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 decorative glass piece from the Corning Museum of Glass, and will be profiled in an issue of Lightwave magazine.

FTTXcellence Award winners in recent years have included representatives from the following companies: Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, Bell Aliant, TELUS, Embarq, Union Telephone, Connexion Technologies, the City of Loma Linda, Calif., and Verizon. For more information on the FTTXcellence Award, visit Corning's website at www.corning.com/cablesystems/fttxcellence.

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