2012 Broadband Communities Summit
2011 Cornerstone Awards
 
About the Cornerstone Award

Each year, a committee of industry leaders, analysts, and writers selected by Broadband Communities votes to bestow a half dozen or so Cornerstone Awards to private developments, municipalities, communities, companies, and individuals with outstanding accomplishments in the area of delivering telecommunications for the benefit of the end user. Since 2004, Cornerstone awards have included recognition for the most notable deployments of Fiber-to-the-Home in the U.S. and abroad.

Cornerstone Awards were originally established in 1989 as the Diamond Tier Awards and presented as recognition of achievement to companies providing cable services to the MDU industry (condominiums, apartments, hotels).

The Cornerstone Awards have been expanded to include and recognize achievements in broadband and telecommunications for all communities and municipalities, including residential multifamily (apartments, campus housing, active adult communities) and planned communities (multi-home developments, renewed urban areas).

Award Winners by Year: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

2011 Awards
Lev Gonick
Using Fiber to build an inclusive society and empower individuals.
JUDGES COMMENTS:
“Lev Gonick is the guiding spirit behind two extraordinary community networks. First, he helped launch One Community, which has made the educational, health care and cultural resources of Northern Ohio accessible to all the area’s residents. Last year, he started the Case Connection Zone, a gigabit fiber-to-the-home project that aims to demonstrate how ultra-high speed access at home can improve the quality of life for the residents in a low-income community.”

Jane Smith Patterson
Driving rural economic development with broadband.
JUDGES COMMENTS:
“Jane Patterson’s impact on public policy for rural broadband cannot be overstated. She is the leading voice of experience on making broadband available to all Americans, and she has been unfailingly generous in sharing her experience and wisdom with others in the field.”

EPB
Inspiring a city with gigabit fiber.
JUDGES COMMENTS:
“EPB says it created its fiber optic network as a ‘tool for smart people to create smart things.’ That’s why it is bringing fiber to the homes of rural as well as urban residents; that’s why it’s offering gigabit service to everyone today -- not some day in the future -- and that’s why it’s using the network to create a smart electric grid throughout its service area.”

Horizon Bay
Using broadband to help senior citizens stay active and engaged.
JUDGES COMMENTS:
“Horizon Bay’s philosophy is to help the residents of its retirement communities feel at home while staying fully connected and full of life. By deciding to make its flagship property, Horizon Bay at Hyde Park, a fiber optic community, Horizon Bay has given its residents new ways to stay connected with one another, with their extended families and with the wider world.”

2010 Awards
UTOPIA
Reaffirming the Value of Community-Owned Fiber
JUDGES COMMENTS:
Two years ago, many observers were writing off UTOPIA, and with it the whole experiment of municipal fiber to the home. Today, UTOPIA is leading the way in developing new financing methods and attracting cutting-edge services to its network.

Rybovich Super Yacht Marina and Refit
Preserving a Rich History With Cutting-Edge Technology
JUDGES COMMENTS:
Yacht owners aren't an easy group to impress - but the managers of Rybovich Marina did it. Overcoming wind and salt water, they brought fiber to the slip to give their clients reliable Internet service while they were in port.

The Residences at Oella Mill
Reaffirming the Value of Community-Owned Fiber
JUDGES COMMENTS:
By transforming a 200-year-old textile mill into a fiber-connected apartment community, Southern Management Corporation helped preserve both the history and the future of the town of Oella, Maryland.

Rural Utilities Service USDA
60 Years of Service To Rural Communities
JUDGES COMMENTS:
Sixty years ago, when President Truman launched the rural telecommunications program, only one in three farms had telephones. Today, thanks to the RUS, fiber to the farm is a reality. Broadband helps to keep our rural areas connected and vital.

2009 Awards
Greenfield Communications Inc.
For Executional Excellence in Deploying FTTH
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Despite the downturn in new home construction, Greenfield continues to do well by selecting locations wisely; employing a network design that allows it to deploy infrastructure quickly and relatively inexpensively; working closely with homeowners associations; and providing great customer support."

Connexion Technologies
Retrofitting Existing Communities with Fiber
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Connexion Technologies successfully expanded its business model by cost-effectively deploying fiber to existing communities. To accomplish this, the company re-engineered its infrastructure configuration; deployed an innovative 'headend in a can'; and shortened its deployment time by half, now activating customers within 60 days of contract execution."

2008 Awards
BEK Communications Cooperative
Bringing next-generation broadband services to rural residents
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"BEK proves that it's possible to bring customers the benefits of fiber to the home even in a service area with only one person per square mile. Their well-crafted business plan hit the small town centers first. They showed ingenuity in their rollout plan and their marketing efforts, and delivered exclusive local content that drove home the value of their offering."

Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Deploying broadband to improve lives and communities
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Hiawatha Broadband Communications has a vision of how broadband can improve the quality of life in small towns. Not only has it helped bring new employers to the towns it serves in southeastern Minnesota, it has also helped drive educational advancements in the high schools and colleges, and spearheaded an innovative town-wide online health service."

Tim Nulty, President of Valley Fiber
Helping Vermont communities achieve true broadband
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"The citizens of Vermont wanted fiber to the home, and they knew that no one was planning to build it for them. So first the city of Burlington and then the ValleyNet nonprofit group, representing two dozen towns, brought in the one man who could make it happen - Tim Nulty."

Trump Organization
Providing residents with the ultimate in advanced, fiber-powered technology
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"The last year has marked at the beginning of a new direction in broadband, the deployment of fiber to the premises in residential high-rise buildings. Leading the way is the Trump Organization. Led by Donald Trump, this company is known for its willingness to take bold steps, and its use of fiber is certainly a bold and visionary move."

DIRECTV-Thomson
Jointly overcoming the hurdles to IP video
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"MFH3 is an elegant solution that demonstrates the synergy between satellite and fiber. It gives MDU owners the opportunity to provide virtually unlimited television channels over an in-building network."

2007 Awards
Bristol Virginia Utilities
Outstanding Customer Service
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"BVU has been doing triple-play longer than any other Muni network in the country - and doing it very well. New customers can be on line in hours."

EATEL
Far-Sighted Planning, Plus Bold Action in Delivering FTTH
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Home run wiring in a rural area? Think about it. No splitters in the field... and fiber cable is cheap."

Waterfront Toronto
Developing A World-Class Concept For An Ultra-Broadband Community
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"The massive Toronto waterfront development will be a city within a city, planned from the ground up not only to use broadband services. The broadband availability shapes the development, just as transportation networks shape all cities."

PAXIO
Helping Top Developers Deliver the Future, Today
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"So you want to add broadband to your MDU or subdivision. Where do you plug in? Paxio's unusual business plan has brought ultrabroadband to the Oakland area, across the Bay from San Francisco. They have gigabit customers... and eyes for the rest of California."

Corning
Innovation of the Year for the MDU Market
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"An improved twist on bend-tolerant fiber expands the segment and brings the day of everyday routine installation closer."

Affarsverken Karlskrona AB
Most Advanced Broadband Network
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"The potential of open access networks is highlighted in this old naval town - nonprofit medical establishments make the concept of triple play seem quaint."

Hafslund Telekom, City of Oslo
Most Advanced Strategy for an Open-Access Network
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"The Norwegians got it right, and on a large scale in Oslo."

Mosaic of Houston
Most Exciting Fiber Optic Condo Project Of The Year
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Mosaic shows how broadband technology sells condos."

Kellswater Bridge Development
Best Marketing of FTTH in a Connected Community
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Kellswater is not only a great project, it also shows a great marketing plan. There, fiber really does compete with countertops in customer eyes."

2006 Awards
Interfibra (provider) & Tierra Urbana (developer)
Best Use of Fiber to Bridge the Digital Divide
For a development in Monterrey, Mexico
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Here is a superbly innovative business model that brings voice, video and data to low-income workers . . . Workers can buy the services they can afford on a month-to-month basis through a web interface."

Rockfire-On-The-Lake Development near Topeka
Best Midwest Development with FTTH
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Kudos to a developer who understands the value of fiber to home buyers . . . Rockfire on the Lake will have the first open access FTTH network in Kansas . . . Mr. Santaularia has committed to use open access in all of his future developments."

Tradition Development - Biloxi
Special Category: Post-Katrina Recovery
Best Use of New Urbanism Design with FTTH
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Arising out of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, this mixed-use community fulfills a vision of what FTTH can mean for residents and businesses."

Carbine Development & Crystal Clear Technologies For Tollgate Village
Most Visionary TND - Traditional Neighborhood Development - with FTTH
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Tollgate village was created in true partnership with the community of Thompson Station, Tennessee, thanks to the leadership and vision of Carbine Development."

ComSpanUSA & Ledcor Technical Services
First Full-Rate GPON Fiber-to-the-Premises Network
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"ComSpan and Ledcor are rolling out fiber to the premises in a small coastal city in Oregon."

St. Joe Valley Metronet
City of South Bend, Indiana

Community Fiber Backbone
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Immediate MAJOR benefits resulted from this public/private partnership. We hope it becomes a model for many others in the US."

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company
FTTH and FTTB with Advanced IP Services
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"EIT has the largest IT infrastructure in the Middle East, with a focus on innovative services for the present and future needs of its customers."

VolkerWessels Telecom
FTTH Network, City of Nuenen
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"This is the largest FTTH deployment in the Netherlands . . . We were highly impressed with the technology behind this fully automated, open access network serving 8,000 households."

Verizon Enhanced Communities & Verizon
Nimble Execution of Mass FTTP Deployment
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"For fiber installation that displayed not only technical prowess but agility all but unheard of in companies of this size."

2005 Awards
Michael Render, RVA
Public Policy Award For FTTH Research

 

Jackson Energy Authority
Best FTTH Public Utility Network

 

Brambleton, VA
Best FTTH Private Development

 

Loma Linda, CA
Most Creative FTTH Deployment

 

Mälarenergi Stadsnät AB
Most Advanced FTTP Network

 

City of Manassas, VA
Best BPL + FTTx Project

 

Verizon Avenue
Provider of the Year: Multi-Family Communities

2004 Awards
Verizon Avenue
Provider of the Year
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"2004 was the year of the first Verizon FTTH deployment in Keller, Texas, in August and BBP recognized the company for that historic event at its Summit."

Cheney, Washington
Municipal Fiber Network of the Year
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"During Sooy's tenure fiber optics came to Cheney and connected all the city buildings and city wells. Cheney now had its own telephone system and new computers to transfer information."

Ken Rossen, PANGAEA Internet
Community Fiber Network of the Year
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Brought fiber to a rural area."

 

 
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