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Fiber Broadband Association Honors Stephen Hardy with Fiber Lifetime Achievement Award

Fiber Broadband Association Honors Stephen Hardy with Fiber Lifetime Achievement Award

Long-time industry editor receives tribute at Fiber Connect 2023 for his dedication to the fiber broadband industry

ORLANDO, FLA.—(August 23, 2023)—Today at Fiber Connect 2023, the Fiber Broadband Association announced it presented Stephen Hardy with a Fiber Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his more than 40 years of covering the industry. Hardy, who retired on June 30, 2023, as Editorial Director for Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, has been a trusted pillar of the fiber broadband editorial community, leaving an editorial legacy that will be difficult to match.

“Stephen has been a fixture of the Fiber Broadband Association community. He has dedicated his entire career to reporting on the telecom industry’s ups and downs, innovations, trends, and market pressures and did it with fairness and accuracy,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “He has been a trusted source in the telecom industry and while we wish the best for him in his retirement, we will miss him dearly.”

Hardy wrote thousands of stories and millions of words as he interviewed tech titans, innovative thinkers, market visionaries, and companies that reshaped markets. After completing his Master’s Degree at Brown University in 1981, he began his career at Telecommunications Magazine as Managing Editor before serving other publications that included the Journal of Electronic Defense, Portable Design, Lightwave, and Broadband Technology Report. During his tenure at Lightwave, the publication received awards from Folio and the American Society of Business Press Editors for editorial excellence.

The Fiber Broadband Association presented Hardy with the Fiber Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday, August 22, during general sessions at Fiber Connect 2023.


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

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