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FTTH Council Recognizes Award Recipients During 2016 Annual FTTH Connect

For Immediate Release                                                                                                            Contact: Ellen Satterwhite

June 16, 2016                                                                                       


FTTH Council Recognizes Award Recipients During 2016 Annual FTTH Connect

Award Recipients Celebrate the Outstanding Contributions of Individuals and Organizations who have Advanced the Fiber-to-the-Home Industry


Nashville, Tennessee (June 16, 2016) — This week, the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council celebrated its 15th anniversary at the 2016 Fiber Connect Conference and Expo — highlighted by the record attendance of 1,600 FTTH professionals and over 110 exhibitors at this year’s show. As part of the annual event, the FTTH Council honored the exemplary individuals and organizations that have championed the advancement of the FTTH industry throughout the past year.


The Chairman’s Award, given at the discretion of the Chairman of the FTTH Council Board of Directors, singles out an individual or company that has shown tremendous effort to promote, educate or accelerate fiber-to-the-home. The 2016 winner of the Chairman’s Award is Bob Whitman, Vice President of Global Carrier programs for Corning. Mr. Whitman was a founding member of the FTTH Council and served on the first board of directors. He was instrumental in the development of the Council’s original business case model and drove the globalization of the Council. As an expert in the economics of FTTH network deployment, Mr. Whitman is both highly respected within his company and throughout the industry.


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 Cincinnati Bell for its leading FTTH services offered under the brand name Fioptics.


The Photon Award recognizes a FTTH Council member who, through volunteer contribution, has demonstrated a high level of dedication to the organization and has contributed greatly to the industry. The 2016 winner of the Photon Award is Scott Jackson, BDM Smart Grid, Graybar. Mr. Jackson has been a member of the Council for over ten years — seven of which he served in leadership positions — and has always been passionate about helping a wide range of new providers determine how to deploy all-fiber networks.


Gimme Fiber Day, established four years ago by the FTTH Council Global Alliance, is designed to highlight the positive impacts that FTTH is making in communities around the globe. To commemorate the upcoming Gimme Fiber Day on November 4th, the FTTH Council Americas has chosen CTI, serving Taylorville, Illinois as this year’s North American “Gimme Fiber Day” Award winner. CTI serves over ninety percent of central Taylorville with FTTH including the city government, the county government and the local schools — owning the town! They are planning to launch gigabit services in July and serve their entire residential customer base.


“Over the last fifteen years, the companies and professionals in this industry have created a market where innovation is the name of the game. We are excited to honor our award recipients who have dedicated so much time and energy to advancing the fiber-to-the-home industry,” said FTTH Council President Heather Burnett Gold. “Fiber-to-the-home, fiber-to-the-antenna, fiber-to-the-premises, fiber-to-the-Moon — the ‘to’ doesn’t matter anymore. People want fiber everywhere and we look forward to seeing what these individuals and organizations have in store for the future of high-speed broadband.”


About the 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. More information about the Council can be found at




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