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Fiber Broadband Association CEO and President Heather Burnett Gold Wins Cornerstone Award

Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2018) — The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) is delighted to announce that Heather Burnett Gold, CEO and President of the Fiber Broadband Association, has won the 2018 Broadband Communities Cornerstone Award for her vision of fiber broadband technology as key to the sustainable communities of tomorrow.

Each year, a Broadband Communities committee of industry leaders, analysts, and writers bestows these awards in recognition of those with outstanding accomplishments related to delivering telecommunications for the benefit of the end user. Anyone who has worked with Heather directly, or who has benefitted from the Fiber Broadband Association under her astute leadership, knows how well-deserved this award is.

“It has been my honor to see her extraordinary work, leadership, and fiber expertise firsthand over the years,” said Scott Jackson, Chairman of the Fiber Broadband Association Board and Business Development Manager - Smart City/Smart Grid at Graybar. “I know I am not alone in celebrating Heather for this accomplishment. Congratulations, Heather, from myself and from the rest of the board.”

“I am so touched to be presented with this award from this standout group,” said Heather. “I am immensely proud of the work I have done towards a better-connected world for our communities and our businesses, but I am also proud of the connections I have built with all of you in the telecommunications and fiber broadband industries. This is the culmination of seven years of hard work ensuring that more people have access to future-proof technology.”

This 2018 Broadband Communities Cornerstone Award comes on the heels of another award: earlier this week, the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) also named Heather their 2018 Local Internet Choice Private Sector Champion.

She won this award for, as CLIC Co-Founder and President Jim Baller put it, “her ongoing support for local communities’ ability to control their own assets in order to make the appropriate broadband decisions that are correct for them, for her willingness to assist whenever support is needed to stop or remove onerous state legislation that would undermine communities’ choice, and for her insistence that all communities deserve the best broadband possible.”

About the Fiber Broadband Association

The Fiber Broadband Association—formerly the Fiber to the Home Council Americas—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 counting on its members to lead the organization forward, 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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