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Fiber Broadband Association Launches Fiber Forward AMPLIFY Awards

Fiber Broadband Association Launches Fiber Forward AMPLIFY Awards

New awards program recognizes contributions that strengthen and advance the fiber broadband industry

WASHINGTON, D.C.—(April 16, 2024)—The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) today unveiled its first annual Fiber Forward AMPLIFY Awards program. The awards recognize individuals, companies, and innovations that demonstrate the ability to amplify and advance the fiber broadband industry. The Fiber Forward AMPLIFY Award winners will be honored at Fiber Connect 2024, July 28-31, in Nashville, Tenn.

Each year, FBA recognizes extraordinary contributions to the fiber broadband industry through its Star, Photon, and Gene Scott awards. The Fiber Forward AMPLIFY Awards will expand recognition of exemplary work in addition to FBA’s traditional award programs.

“The fiber broadband industry has witnessed so much outstanding work and progress as we work together to connect every American to reliable broadband service. The Fiber Forward AMPLIFY Awards

expand our acknowledgment of the individuals and companies that are advancing our mission,” said Evann Freeman, Fiber Broadband Association Board Member and Conference Committee Chair, and Vice President, Government & Community Relations at EPB of Chattanooga. “These awards highlight key categories of contributions that strengthen our industry and bring us closer to closing the digital divide for good.”

“We’re capturing inspiring stories of fiber broadband progress in each quarterly issue of Fiber Forward magazine. It is exciting to expand recognition beyond the pages of our publication to this award program,” said Doug Mohney, Fiber Forward Editor in Chief, and Head of Content at Connect2 Communications. “We welcome nominations from across the fiber broadband ecosystem so that we can celebrate outstanding achievements and learn from the winning accomplishments.”

The 2024 Fiber Forward AMPLIFY Awards recognize individuals, companies, and innovations in the following categories listed below. Nominations should be submitted via the online form found here. Each person or company nominated must be an FBA member. Nominations close on May 15.

  • Individual Categories:
    • Fiber Under Forty: Individuals born in 1985 or later that are having an impact on their companies, or the industry, far beyond their years.
    • Women Changing Fiber for Good: Females making changes that will impact and improve the industry for years to come.
    • Advocacy Allstars: Individuals advancing the agenda of the fiber broadband industry on the state and federal levels.
  • Company Categories:
    • Community Impact: Fiber broadband projects that are enabling communities and changing lives across North America.
    • Product Innovation: Showcasing technology innovation and advancement that expands fiber broadband’s ability to deliver the services customers demand today and over the next decade.
    • Taking Fiber Further: Teams that are working together to support community broadband fiber network expansion, including construction, planning, and integration.
    • Constellation: Celebrating the companies that came together to form a coalition that helped advance fiber broadband networks across communities, states, and regions.

Award finalists will be selected for each award by FBA’s Conference Committee and announced on June 14. Award winners will be selected by fiber broadband experts from across the industry and announced at an awards luncheon at Fiber Connect 2024, on July 29. The award judges include: EPB’s Katie Espeseth, CTC Technology and Energy’s Joanne Hovis, OnTrac, Inc’s Joseph Jones “JJ”, Clearfield’s Kevin Morgan, New Lisbon Telephone’s John Greene, Omdia’s Jaimie Lenderman, Dell’Oro’s Jeff Heynen, and S&P Global’s John Fletcher.

For information about Fiber Connect and award sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lucy Green at


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 policymakers 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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Ashley Schulte
Connect2 Communications for the Fiber Broadband Association