Last week, the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) recognized exemplary organizations and individuals with several awards during its 2020 Virtual Fiber Connect event. Awards were based on winners who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the advancement of the fiber broadband industry throughout the past year.
- 2020 Star Award: United Services Cooperative
- 2020 Photon Award: Joseph Jones, Executive Vice President, On Trac, Inc
- 2020 Chairman’s Award Winner: Virginia Walker, Walker and Associates
The Chairman’s Award singles out an individual or company that has shown tremendous effort to promote, educate, or accelerate fiber-to-the-home. The Fiber Broadband Association presented the award to Virginia Walker, Former CEO, Walker and Associates which she founded in 1970. Walker was credited with building the business into a multi-million dollar international technology company at a time when women in telecom were not acknowledged or celebrated. She was lauded as having paved the way for women in business and technology to succeed, pursue leadership roles, and push gender-based boundaries.
“I was proud to present this year’s Chairman’s Award during our annual Women in Fiber Luncheon,” said Katie Espeseth, Vice President of New Products, EPB and Fiber Broadband Association Board Chair. “Virginia’s leadership and determination are an inspiration to all women, and it was my pleasure to honor her at this forum.”
The Star Award recognized a person, community, or company that exceeds what is expected in the advancement of fiber-to-the-home. This year’s recipient is United Services Cooperative in recognition of its efforts to build a fiber-to-the-home network that will serve a 14-county service territory where 87 percent of members previously had little or no access to high-speed broadband.
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