Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) and Lightwave recognize Shane Trotman of Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC) as the winner of the Eighth Annual FTTXcellence Award. The award was presented at the 2011 FTTH Conference & Expo’s closing session and luncheon in Orlando.
Trotman started his career with FTC in 1990. Well-known for his hands-on approach, Trotman’s career included extensive experience deploying fiber products in the field. His commitment and belief in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service capability improvements and operational savings led his company to consider this option.
In 2010, Trotman became the senior operations supervisor, overseeing engineering, construction, splicing and a wireless division. In this short time, FTC expanded into three Competitive Local Exchange Carrier markets, and construction was completed on approximately 276 miles of FTTH. Contracts have been approved for another 101 miles.
In April, Alabama was hit by a deadly outbreak of tornados that destroyed 38 miles of FTC’s service area. Through careful planning and training, Trotman led his team to recovery, keeping the goals set out by FTC’s management within reach.
“Shane is an innovative, field-savvy pioneer with a vision. He embraced this new technology and persevered to bring fiber-to-the-home benefits to rural customers,” said Clark Kinlin, president and chief executive officer for Corning Optical Communications. “On behalf of everyone at Corning, I congratulate Shane on this honor.”
"We at Lightwave are pleased to join Corning in recognizing Shane," said Stephen Hardy, editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave. “His central role in FTC’s FTTH rollout and his leadership in helping FTC to overcome the effects of natural disasters is emblematic of the customer-centric spirit that is a common catalyst among FTTH deployments throughout North America.”
“I am honored to receive this award,” said Shane Trotman, senior operations and engineering supervisor for Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. “I have come to realize that it takes a team effort to be able to offer our members the level of service that we’ve come to expect. The value of a great team of co-workers, suppliers, contractors, and relations with other Telcos was made even more clear to FTC as we recently experienced, through a series of tornados, the greatest disaster that our area had ever seen. I am blessed to be a part of such a team.”
To be eligible for the award, candidates must be nominated by a peer. Nominees may include individuals at carriers and system operators, home developers, utilities, municipalities or other organizations that have launched a FTTx project; individuals at vendors or research organizations whose work has benefited FTTx technology development; politicians or other policymakers who have made a significant positive impact in the regulatory or legal arena; and other deserving individuals. This year, Corning and Lightwave were pleased to welcome Daniel O’Connell, president of the FTTH Council North America, to the panel of judges who selected Shane as the 2011 FTTXcellence Award recipient.
In addition to the awards ceremony at the FTTH Conference, Shane was honored with a donation in his name to One Economy Corporation, a global, non-profit organization that leverages 21st-century technology to help low-income families build assets and raise their standard of living. He also received 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.
About Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative
As Alabama’s largest member-owned, operating telephone cooperative, Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC) serves close to 17,000 subscribers in seven exchanges across DeKalb and Jackson counties. And as was the case in 1952, large telecom companies in Alabama and across rural America are making cost-based decisions to close local and regional offices, isolating rural and small-town customers out on the fringe of the national network. FTC, however, has sought to strengthen — not weaken — its local connections. And, far from the simple dial tone that those first members treasured a half-century ago, FTC now offers an impressive array of advanced telecom services that once might have been assumed simply not to be available to rural citizens.
For more than 25 years, Lightwave (www.lightwaveonline.com) has delivered trusted technical, application and business insights to senior-level decision makers for optical communications worldwide. Lightwave’s technical magazine, email newsletters, targeted in-depth website, events and research are established, valued resources for more than 100,000 corporate executives, department heads, project managers, network engineers and others making strategic decisions for their businesses. Lightwave is part of the Technology Group of PennWell Corp. a highly diversified, business-to-business media company providing authoritative print and online publications, conferences and exhibitions, research, databases, online exchanges and information products to strategic global markets.
About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.