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Fiber Broadband Association Opens Call for Proof of Concept Demonstrations on What Fiber Disrupts Next

WASHINGTON, D.C.—(March 13, 2023)—The Fiber Broadband Association today announced the call for Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstrations that will be hosted at Fiber Connect 2023 in Orlando, Fla., August 20-23. Focused on what fiber disrupts next, the PoCs will focus on how fiber broadband enables markets and communities to create innovation and disruption, change market dynamics, and push the boundaries of what is possible.

“The 2022 Proof of Concept program was a highlight in the Expo Hall as companies showcased a variety of innovative concepts, partnerships, and possibilities. Companies showcased big ideas that will be transformational to our industry as we move forward,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO at Fiber Broadband Association. “The Fiber Connect 2023 PoC Showcase is set to explore how fiber is the only enabling infrastructure with the capacity to disrupt any market – from agriculture to gaming to manufacturing. The PoC demonstrations serve as a stimulating exercise to see just how far fiber can take us in supporting next-generation services and applications.”

Fiber Connect 2023 PoCs will be collaborative projects that can involve up to three companies (one must be a Fiber Broadband Association member). Each PoC must demonstrate the benefits fiber brings to markets, industries, and/or communities as a fundamental enabler of disruption, growth, and potential.

To submit a PoC, please download the complete PoC Showcase instructions here and the PoC Submission Form & Agreement here. PoC submissions are due April 30, 2023.

PoC submissions will be reviewed by the Fiber Broadband Association’s Technical and Conference Committees prior to approval for inclusion in the Fiber Connect 2023 PoC Showcase. PoCs will be evaluated during the Fiber Connect 2023 event by leading industry analysts and awards will be presented in the following categories: Most Innovative PoC, Best Community Impact, and Game Changer.

About the Fiber Broadband Association

The Fiber Broadband Association is the largest and only trade association that represents the complete fiber ecosystem of service providers, manufacturers, industry experts, and deployment specialists dedicated to the advancement of fiber broadband deployment and the pursuit of a world where communications are limitless, advancing quality of life and digital equity anywhere and everywhere. The Fiber Broadband Association helps providers, communities, and policy makers make informed decisions about how, where, and why to build better fiber broadband networks. Since 2001, these companies, organizations, and members have worked with communities and consumers in mind to build the critical infrastructure that provides the economic and societal benefits that only fiber can deliver. The Fiber Broadband Association is part of the Fibre Council Global Alliance, which is a platform of six global FTTH Councils in North America, LATAM, Europe, MEA, APAC, and South Africa. Learn more at