PHELPS — The leader of a 99-year-old company spearheading high-speed broadband in the region has been honored for advancing the industry.

Paul Griswold, president and CEO of Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies, was named the 16th recipient of the FTTXcellence Award at the Fiber Connect Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla. The company said Griswold was recognized for “significantly advancing the use of optical broadband access network technology.”

He was selected by a panel of judges representing the Fiber Broadband Association, Corning Inc., Lightwave (an industry news site) and producers of the Fiber Connect Conference and Expo.

“I am humbled and honored to be nominated and judged by my peers to receive this prestigious award,” Griswold said. “I share this honor with the leadership team and employees at OTTC, who work with me every day to expand broadband access network technology to more customers across upstate New York.”

OTTC recently completed a fiber-to-the-home project allowing 11,000 residences to access its broadband network, with a goal of another 100,000 homes by the end of the year.

Among the communities that now have access to OTTC’s network are the villages of Phelps and Clifton Springs. The company is expanding services in the Trumansburg area in Tompkins County, where the company also has significant operations, as well as southern Seneca County.

The company said an industry peer nominated Griswold for the award, saying that at “a time when many network operators are delaying network investments and extending the life of their copper infrastructure,” OTTC is expanding its fiber-optic network.

In addition to the award, a $5,000 donation was given in Griswold’s name to U.S. Ignite, a nonprofit organization that fosters the creation of next-generation internet applications “that provide transformative public benefit.”

Griswold noted in a January interview with the Finger Lakes Times that customers are moving away from cable and satellite TV to internet-based services such as YouTube TV that have many of the same offerings at more competitive prices. However, he noted that to access those services customers need a high-speed broadband network that can handle a large amount of data from multiple sources in the home — from smart TVs and computers to security systems.

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