Axcess Ontario Honored by COMPUTERWORLD Magazine

Axcess Ontario Honored by Computerworld Magazine

Canandaigua, N.Y., May 5, 2011  — Axcess Ontario, the public-benefit corporation that manages the 200-plus-mile fiber optic ring in Ontario County, N.Y., has been recognized by Computerworld magazine as a 2011 Honors Laureate. The annual awards program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

Axcess Ontario is one of 254 companies, organizations and initiatives that are being honored this year out of more than 1,000 that applied.

“This recognition by Computerworld magazine is another feather in Axcess Ontario’s cap,” said Ed Hemminger, CEO of Axcess Ontario. “It also reinforces and further confirms that the fiber optic ring is a national broadband model that numerous communities nationwide can learn from and follow.”

In addition to the Computerworld honor, Axcess Ontario was recognized last fall by Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government as a “Bright Idea” — a promising, innovative solution that can assist other communities as they face their own challenges.

Also, in a recent blogpost and column in Internet Telephony, a telecom trade publication, Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber, suggested that the more than 3,000 communities nationwide that are similar in size to Ontario County, N.Y., could follow Axcess Ontario’s lead.

“There are 3,143 counties in the United States with an average population of 100,000. Logic dictates that the others could follow this same plan and achieve similar success,” Newby wrote.

The Computerworld Honors awards will be presented at the Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony and Gala Awards on June 20 in Washington, D.C. Additional 21stCentury Achievement Awards will be announced the night of the awards ceremony. More information about the program can be found at

About Axcess Ontario

Imagine where fiber technology can take us. Axcess Ontario has. With an open-access, dark-fiber infrastructure and a non-profit approach — serving as an example for a national model — the 200-plus-mile fiber ring has Ontario County, N.Y., on the fast track to greater economic development, better quality of life, and global competitiveness. By providing this critical source for advanced connectivity and increased flexibility through quicker, more affordable broadband, businesses and organizations, as well as residents, will have improved capabilities like never before.

For more information contact:

Megan Connor Murphy

Dixon Schwabl

585-899-3258 office

585-339-8379 cell

Twitter: @mconnormurphy



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