Case Western Reserve University's Lev Gonick is NATOA’s 2010 Community Broadband Visionary of the Year

News Release: September 27, 2010

CLEVELAND - Case Western Reserve University Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick has been honored as Community Broadband Visionary of the Year for his leadership role creating the OneCommunity network and other broadband accomplishments.

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) board of directors in Alexandria, Va., announced its recognition of Gonick as among the recipients of NATOA’s 2010 Community Broadband Awards. These honors are awarded to exceptional leaders and innovative programs that champion community interests and broadband deployment in local communities nationwide.

Recipients are receiving their awards at NATOA’s 30th Annual Conference, to be held Wednesday through Friday this week in Washington, D.C., and NATOA will hold a pre-conference broadband and economic development full-day workshop on Tuesday.

Gonick is the founder of the OneCommunity network and the visionary behind the Case-Western Beta Block — a public interest FTTH (Fiber To The Home) initiative intended to demonstrate how bandwidth and civic-minded applications can be transformative in the lives of Americans in need.

OneCommunity, a strategy to extend high-speed network connectivity to the nonprofit sector in northeast Ohio, has been widely praised a national model for communities.

"The award recipients were chosen based on their extraordinary efforts, achievements, and innovation in community-based approaches to broadband," said Ken Fellman, president of the NATOA board.

Posted by: Marvin Kropko, September 27, 2010 08:18 PM | News Topics: Official Release