Community Broadband Awards

What are the NATOA Community Broadband Awards?

In recognition of the broadening role of government in technology, NATOA proudly honors outstanding individuals and projects that seek to improve government and public options in broadband technology. This exceptional awards program was initiated to recognize and highlight some of the many extraordinary efforts going on at the local level to bring the benefits of technology to American communities. Throughout the United States, numerous exceptional leaders in government, business, organization and the community are serving as champions of local interests and needs in broadband and technology. NATOA’s Community Broadband Awards annually recognize these efforts and achievements. The Award recipients are highlighted on NATOA’s website. 

 

What are the Award categories?

Awards are presented annually in the following SIX categories:

  • Community Broadband Hero of the Year - individual award
  • Community Broadband Visionary of the Year - individual award
  • Community Broadband Wireless Network of the Year
  • Community Broadband Fiber Network of the Year
  • Community Broadband Project of the Year
  • Community Broadband Organization of the Year

How do I nominate my community for a Community Broadband Award?

The nominee and/or nominator DOES NOT need to be a member of NATOA - these awards are designed to recognize the best of the best throughout the county. There is a $100 fee per nomination for NATOA members and $150 fee per nomination for non-members.  2014 winners will be announced at the 2014 Annual Conference taking place September 29 - October 2, 2014 in St. Paul, MN. If you have questions, please contact Joanne Hovis at (301) 933-1488 or jhovis@CTCnet.us. 


Who are the recipients for 2013?

Community Broadband Hero of the Year
Deb Socia, City of Boston for pioneering efforts to develop and sustain broadband adoption programs that enable digital literacy and bring the benefits of technology and broadband to citizens of Boston who have not before found the technology accessible.

Community Broadband Visionary of the Year
Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of the Miami-Dade School District for championing the effective use of technology in the nation’s fourth largest school district, promoting digital literacy, and combating the digital divide.  

Community Broadband Fiber Network of the Year
The City of Longmont, CO for developing a vision and business plan to expand world class broadband infrastructure to each home in the City and thereby secure the City’s economic future. 

Community Broadband Wireless Network of the Year
The TERRA Network for extending broadband to some of the most remote areas of Alaska  and providing affordable service to some of the state’s least served regions and citizens.

Community Broadband Organization of the Year
Network Startup Resource Center, Oregon (NSRC) for its 20 years of effort helping develop networks and communications infrastructure in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Community Broadband Project of the Year
North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) for demonstrating how community/university collaborations can enable exploration of new models for public-partnerships in broadband.



Click here for a list of 2012 Award Winners
Click here for a list of 2011 Award Winners
Click here for a list of 2010 Award Winners
Click here for a list of 2009 Award Winners
Click here for a list of 2008 Award Winners
Click here for a list of 2007 Award Winners