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Fiber Broadband Association Announces Annual Honorees at Fiber Connect 2019

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Fiber Broadband Association Announces Annual Honorees at Fiber Connect 2019

ALLO Communications, Sonic, and Leader Volunteer, Mark Boxer at OFS, Recognized for Industry Excellence


Orlando, Florida (June 3, 2019) — Today, the Fiber Broadband Association recognized leaders in the fiber industry during its 2019 Fiber Connect event, the largest all-fiber access networks show on the continent. As part of the annual event, the Fiber Broadband Association honored two extraordinary organizations and one individual for their dedication to advancing the fiber broadband industry in the past year:

  • 2019 Chairman’s Award: ALLO Communications
  • 2019 Star Award: Sonic
  • 2019 Photon Award: Mark Boxer, Applications Engineering Manager with OFS

2019 Chairman’s Award Winner: ALLO Communications

The Chairman’s Award singles out an individual or company that has shown tremendous effort to promote, educate, or accelerate fiber-to-the-home. ALLO Communications, the 2019 Award Winner, has provided communities across Nebraska and Colorado with the fiber infrastructure they need to build for the future. ALLO has fueled economies and innovation in the communities it serves by providing 100% ubiquitous fiber coverage for fast, reliable service that its customers can depend on. ALLO’s commitment to strengthening and growing relationships within the community, conquering the digital divide, and providing consistent, exceptional service has helped future-proof the cities it serves for the 21st century.

2019 Star Award Winner: Sonic


The Star Award recognizes a person, community, or company that has gone above and beyond what is expected in the advancement of fiber-to-the-home. This year’s recipient of the Star Award is Sonic. Since 1994, Sonic have been committed to supplying local communities with fast, affordable connectivity, and just this year Sonic announced its largest expansion of gigabit fiber networks to date throughout the Bay Area. We congratulate Sonic on 25 years of providing its more than 100,000 customers with affordable, high-speed Internet service.


2019 Photon Award Winner: Mark Boxer of OFS


The Photon Award honors a Fiber Broadband Association member who, through volunteer contribution, has demonstrated a high level of dedication to the organization and has contributed greatly to the industry. The 2019 winner of the Photon Award is Mark Boxer, Applications Engineering Manager with OFS. For the past ten years, Mark has been a key member of FBA’s Technology Committee, an ambassador for the organization, and has been an important contributor on several Fiber Broadband Association commissioned white papers and reports.


“The Fiber Broadband Association is thrilled to honor these recipients for their efforts to deploy all-fiber networks to communities and business across North America,” said Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa R. Youngers. “We cannot do this alone. Fiber is a true differentiator and we are grateful for all of the people and companies with us on the path to the fiber future.”

Fiber Connect 2019 brings together more than 1,600 professionals across the fiber industry. This year’s conference centers on the theme, Fiber: We Are the Difference, and the recipients below are being honored for being true difference makers. More on the conference, including a complete schedule is available at

Follow us on Twitter @fiberbroadband, and the hashtag #FiberConnect19 for live tweets from the conference. Read more about the Fiber Broadband Association on Optics.



The Fiber Broadband Association is the largest and only trade association in the Americas dedicated to the pursuit of all fiber optic network infrastructure to the home, to the business and to everywhere. The Fiber Broadband Association helps providers make informed decisions about how, where, and why to build better broadband networks with fiber optics while working with its members to lead the organization, collaborate with industry allies and propel fiber optic deployment forward. Since 2001, these companies, organizations and people have worked with our communities and consumers in mind to build a better broadband future here and around the world. Learn more at


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