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Gimme Fiber Day 

The FTTH Councils Global Alliance (FCGA) designates November 4th as Gimme Fiber Day, an annual event created to showcase how fiber has positively impacted communities across the world and what policymakers around the globe can do to help advance the roll-out and take-up of fiber optics.

The date for the annual celebration of fiber optics was selected as it corresponds with the birthday of the man who changed the way the world communicates, Professor Charles Kao.

To commemorate ‘Gimme Fiber’ Day, the Fiber Broadband Association has a series of activities planned that will highlight the role fiber deployment has made in bringing countless communities into the 21st century. We also host an event in a city that has deployed a fiber network in order to showcase the many benefits of the network. 

Gimme Fiber Day 2022

FBA will be presenting the Dr. Charles Kao Award in conjunction with Gimme Fiber Day - an international day to celebrate Dr. Charles Kao and fiber-to-the-home on his birthday on November 3rd. For details on nominations for this award click here.

To celebrate, FBA will be hosting it's second annual Twitter Chat all day long. Join us on Twitter, , throughout the day to share your perspectives and interact with other members of the fiber ecosystem to discuss key topics affecting our industry. You can also follow along with the hashtag #gimmefiberday.


Gimme Fiber Day 2021

To commemorate ‘Gimme Fiber’ Day 2021, the Fiber Broadband Association has chosen Steve Foshee, CEO at Tombigbee Communications, for his accomplishments in bringing fiber broadband to unserved regions in Northwest Alabama as this year’s North American “Gimme Fiber Day” Award winner.  

Steve Foshee, CEO at Tombigbee Communications, leads a powerful initiative to deliver broadband to rural Alabama, enabling communities there to grow and prosper. As the state’s first broadband partnership between an investor-owned utility and an electric cooperative, Tombigbee Communications teamed up with Alabama Power to use existing infrastructure to offer high-speed broadband services. Tombigbee Communications will lease available capacity on fiber infrastructure, used by Alabama Power on its electric grid for reliable and resilient service, as additional support for its backbone network to reach and connect its customers.

“Steve Foshee is a pioneer in rural electric coop broadband. Under his leadership, Tombigbee is building a fiber broadband network to every home and business that desires to have it in the six counties they serve,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO at the Fiber Broadband Association. “Congratulations to Steve and Tombigbee Communications on the positive impact that they are making in rural America. It is commitment like theirs that enable the delivery of unlimited capacity that will unleash limitless possibilities for communities everywhere.”

Gimme Fiber Day 2020

To commemorate Gimme Fiber Day 2020, the Fiber Broadband Association chose Charles Phillips, VP of Engineering and Technical Services at Gibson EMC.

Mr. Phillips is receiving the Dr. Charles Kao award in recognition of his work with Gibson EMC to build out a fiber network throughout the cooperative’s 12-county service area and connecting its six member service centers and 21 distribution substations.

In his time with Gibson EMC, he has worked extensively with neighboring utilities to create an interconnected regional fiber network that connects twenty distribution systems. This network of independently owned and maintained fiber systems has provided the backbone for a high-speed and low latency network for intra- and inter-utility traffic, as well as inter-utility fiber contracts. Mr. Phillips has been with Gibson EMC since 1997, managing the purchasing, engineering, GIS, and IT/telecommunications functions of the cooperative. He also serves as Chairman of the Fiber Broadband Association’s Power Utilities Roundtable Group. 

Gimme Fiber Day 2016

To commemorate Gimme Fiber Day 2016, the FTTH Council Americas chose CTI, serving Taylorville, Illinois as the 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.”

Gimme Fiber Day 2015

To commemorate ‘Gimme Fiber’ Day 2015, the FTTH Council Americas has chosen Canby Telcom, serving the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon as this year’s North American “Gimme Fiber Day” Award winner.  

Canby Telcom is not new to building fiber-to-the-home, but by rolling out gigabit high-speed Internet last April to over 2,500 Canby addresses, it has helped build one of the first gigabit communities in the Pacific northwest. At the announcement, economic development director with the City of Canby, Renate Mengelberg called the service “…a game-changer for attracting new industry and jobs to the city.”

Gimme Fiber Day 2014

The FTTH Council Americas chose EPB, serving Chattanooga, Tennessee as the 2014 North American “Gimme Fiber Day” Award winner. As New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote: Chattanooga has replaced its belching smokestacks with an fulfillment center, major health care and insurance companies and a beehive of tech start-ups that all thrive on big data and super-high-speed Internet. All of this has been driven by EPB’s deployment of an all fiber network to its homes and businesses.

EPB Fiber Optics and the Fiber to the Home Council celebrated Gimme Fiber Day at the kickoff of Chattanooga Startup Week with Foundry Group Co-Founder Brad Feld.

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