Fiber Connect 2023 seeks Proof of Concept demos on disruptive fiber trends

April 6, 2023
Fiber Broadband Association opens call for Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstrations, illustrating "what fiber disrupts next," to be showcased at its annual Fiber Connect conference this August.
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The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) has announced a call for Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstrations that will be hosted at the association's Fiber Connect 2023 conference in Orlando, Florida from August 20-23.

Focused on "what fiber disrupts next," as solicited by FBA, the PoCs will "focus on how fiber broadband enables markets and communities to create innovation and disruption, change market dynamics, and push the boundaries of what is possible."

Per a press announcement, Fiber Connect 2023 PoCs will be collaborative projects that can involve up to three companies, one of whom must be a Fiber Broadband Association member.

Each PoC must demonstrate the benefits fiber brings to markets, industries, and/or communities as a fundamental enabler of disruption, growth, and potential.

To submit a PoC, download the complete PoC Showcase instructions here and the PoC Submission Form & Agreement here. PoC submissions are due April 30, 2023.

PoC submissions will be reviewed by the Fiber Broadband Association’s Technical and Conference Committees prior to approval for inclusion in the Fiber Connect 2023 PoC Showcase.

PoCs will be evaluated during the Fiber Connect 2023 event by leading industry analysts. and awards will be presented in the following categories for:

  • Most Innovative PoC
  • Best Community Impact
  • Game Changer

Gary Bolton, president and CEO at Fiber Broadband Association, explained:

“The 2022 Proof of Concept program was a highlight in the Expo Hall as companies showcased a variety of innovative concepts, partnerships, and possibilities. Companies showcased big ideas that will be transformational to our industry as we move forward.

The Fiber Connect 2023 PoC Showcase is set to explore how fiber is the only enabling infrastructure with the capacity to disrupt any market – from agriculture to gaming to manufacturing. The PoC demonstrations serve as a stimulating exercise to see just how far fiber can take us in supporting next-generation services and applications.”

The Fiber Broadband Association is a trade association representing the complete fiber-optic ecosystem of communication service providers, manufacturers, industry experts, and deployment specialists dedicated to the advancement of fiber broadband deployments. Learn more at

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