Nominations open for Sixth Annual FTTXcellence Award

MAY 5, 2009 -- Corning Inc. and Lightwave will once again honor an individual for his or her contributions to the deployment of optical access networks in North America with the sixth annual FTTXcellence Award. The award will be presented on September 29 at the 2009 FTTH Conference in Houston, TX.

MAY 5, 2009 -- Corning Inc. (search Lightwave for Corning) and Lightwave will once again honor an individual for his or her contributions to the deployment of optical access networks in North America with the sixth annual FTTXcellence Award. The award will be presented on September 29 at the 2009 FTTH Conference in Houston, TX.

"The FTTXcellence Award has recognized outstanding and deserving winners in the past five years from different market segments, and we expect the same quality of nominations for the sixth annual award," said 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 continues to provide a wealth of new, high-speed services to homes and businesses across North America," added Stephen Hardy, editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave, the leading source of information on fiber optic technology, applications and business trends worldwide for more than 20 years. "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 can be submitted online here on the Lightwave site and must be received by Aug. 14, 2009. 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, N.Y., and will be profiled in an issue of Lightwave's e-zine.

Jim Hansen, Embarq's senior vice president of network services, was honored with the 2008 FTTXcellence Award for his tremendous contributions toward the advancement of fiber to the home (FTTH), specifically with regard to its adoption, deployment and marketplace education. Under Hansen's leadership, Embarq's network services organization embraced FTTH as the deployment method for new service addresses and selective over-build locations.

Ron Troyer, outside plant and central office plant manager of Union Telephone in Farmington, N.H., was < a href="http://lw.pennnet.com/display_article/314960/13/ARTCL/none/none/1/FTTXcellence-Award-winner-prepares-for-the-future/" target="_blank">the recipient of the 2007 FTTXcellence 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 solution 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, Calif. 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 fiber-to-the-home and structured-wiring infrastructure in all new home and business developments.

George Bell of Verizon was the first winner of the FTTXcellence Award, established in 2004. In his nomination form, Bell was praised for his leadership and spirit to deploy innovative solutions that made FTTx a reality with the first wide scale FTTH deployment in the United States.

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