Corning and Lightwave to Recognize Individual Excellence in FTTx Deployment

Third annual FTTXcellence Award to be presented at 2006 FTTH Conference

CORNING, N.Y. Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) and Lightwave magazine are honoring an individual for his or her contributions to the deployment of optical access networks in North America with the third annual FTTXcellence Award. The award will be presented on Oct. 4 at the 2006 FTTH Conference in Las Vegas.

"The FTTXcellence Award has recognized two outstanding and deserving winners in the past two years, and we expect the same quality of nominations for the third annual award," said Larry Aiello, president and CEO of Corning Cable Systems. "As the leader in passive solutions for FTTx, it is fitting that Corning recognizes those individuals contributing to the success of FTTx."

To be eligible to win the award, candidates must be nominated by a peer. Nominees may include individuals at carriers, home developers, utilities, municipalities or other organizations that have launched a fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) project; individuals at vendors or research organizations whose work has benefited FTTx technology development; politicians or other policymakers who have made a significant impact in the regulatory or legal arena; and other deserving individuals.

Nominations are accepted online at, and must be received by Aug. 15, 2006. A panel of judges from Corning and Lightwave will select the winner from the submitted nominations. In addition to an awards ceremony at the FTTH Conference, the winner will be honored with a donation in his or her name to a charitable organization. The winner will also receive an award of Steuben glass, crafted by the world-renowned glass artists of the Steuben Glass studios in Corning, N.Y., and will be profiled in an issue of Lightwave magazine.

George Bell of Verizon was the winner of the 2004 FTTXcellence Award. In his nomination form, Bell was praised for his leadership and spirit to deploy innovative solutions that make FTTx a reality. James Hettrick with the City of Loma Linda, Calif., received last year's award. As director of information systems for the city, Hettrick led Loma Linda to become the first city in America to pass an ordinance requiring fiber-to-the-home and structured-wiring infrastructure in all new home and business developments.

For more information on the FTTXcellence Award or Corning¡¦s portfolio of FTTx products, visit the Corning's Web site at

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