Contact: Ellen Satterwhite
Canby, Oregon (November 4, 2015) – Today, the Fiber to the Home Council Americas (FTTH Council) along with Canby Telcom and the Canby, Oregon community celebrated the third annual “Gimme Fiber Day.” To commemorate the day, Canby Telcom offered a hands-on demonstration of how fiber optics work – that provides Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than previously available -- and showcased their fiber installation map and strategy, which includes 84-square miles of installation.
During the event, FTTH Council President Heather Burnett Gold, Canby Telcom Chairman of the Board Roger Reif, Canby Telcom President Paul Hauer, State Representative Bill Kennemer, Canby City Council President Tim Dale, SR Smith Director of IT John Butler and the National Telephone Cooperative Association’s Vice President for Policy Josh Seidemann and FTTH Council Chairman of the Board Kevin Morgan discussed how fiber positively impacts the community of Canby. The town was chosen in June as this year’s “Gimme Fiber Day” award winner for leading Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest, into fiber-fed communities with a roll out of gigabit connections to more than 2,700 addresses. “Fiber access provides superior data quality and bandwidth and positions us for a future that we haven’t imagined yet,” said Tim Dale, President Canby City Council.
“We are very excited to recognize Canby Telcom and the northern Willamette Valley area during our third annual ‘Gimme Fiber Day’ celebration,” Gold said. “Inspired by the economic, educational and innovation benefits that FTTH deployments have brought to communities across the U.S., Canby Telcom leveraged their experience and infrastructure to deliver these benefits to the city of Canby. It is this leadership and foresight that led us to select Canby Telcom as our third annual ‘Gimme Fiber Day’ Award recipient.”
“Canby Telcom’s roots are deep in this community,” said Paul Hauer, President of Canby Telcom. “I look forward to watching Canby grow as we continue to invest in its future,” he said, “that’s why we invited the community to celebrate our progress, because we are their cooperative and this is their connection to the world.”
Gimme Fiber Day is celebrated annually—in the U.S. and around the globe— and honors the achievements of Professor Charles Kao, who pioneered the use and development of fiber optics in telecommunications, to show how fiber optics have positively impacted communities around the world and what policymakers can do to accelerate its deployment and adoption.
About Fiber to the Home Council Americas
The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections – as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. Its mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers
and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life. For more information about the Council, visit www.ftthcouncil.org.
About Canby Telcom
Canby Telcom provides information, communication and entertainment services to more than 7,000 customers over an 84-square-mile foot print in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. The company is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious TelcoVision Service Provider of the Year Award for product innovation and customer service. The 110-year-old cooperative and its 104-year old subsidiary, Mt. Angel Telephone Company in Mt. Angel, Oregon, employ over 60 people. Visit www.canbytel.com for more information.