Nominate Your Leading Lights

Call for Entries: Light Reading's Leading Lights Awards

NEW YORK -- Light Reading (, the world's leading online communications publication, today announced its call for nominees for the industry's leading awards program, the Leading Lights Awards.

Light Reading's Leading Lights Awards, now in its fourth year, looks to be more exciting than ever before. For the first time, Light Reading is replacing its Leadership Awards with a Reader's Choice Person of the Year, who will be nominated and chosen by Light Readers. The Person of the Year can be anyone who contributed significantly in 2007 to the business of next-generation communications. All other awards will be determined by the Leading Lights Awards Committee of editors and analysts.

Ten awards will be given out in total. The awards categories are: Reader's Choice Person of the Year, Best Investment Potential (public company), Best New Product (one each for both public and private company), Best New Service (both public and private company), Best Marketing (both public and private company), Best M&A Strategy (public company), and Top IPO or M&A Candidate (private company).

"Our readers are simply the brightest minds in the communications business, and we're pleased to honor their selection for Person of the Year - the only individual award our program is featuring in 2007," says Phil Harvey, Managing Editor of Light Reading. "The industry is an exciting place these days, and our industry awards need to reflect that excitement. I fully expect our readers to step up and pick some real game-changers as nominees; they won't settle for your typical, boring phone company CEOs."

The Leading Lights Awards will be announced at the Heavy Reading 2007 Executive Summit Gala Dinner, which will take place in New York City on November 13. Light Reading's reputation for fiercely independent analysis makes this the most credible and authoritative awards program in the industry - and provides telecom companies with a superlative opportunity to evangelize their expertise and success.

The awards program is completely free to enter.

For complete details on the Leading Lights Awards, including the entry form, go to: The deadline for Leading Lights Award nominations is September 28. Write- in nominations for the Person of the Year Award will close on August 10; we'll present a shortlist of finalists, and an accompanying poll, on August 20. Finalists for all other Leading Lights categories will be announced on October 19.

About Light Reading
Founded in 2000, Light Reading ( is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. It reaches an extensive audience of executives and technologists within the telecom and enterprise networking communities, as well as the financial/industry analysts and investors who track these sectors. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005, and operates as a unit of CMP Technology.

About CMP Technology
CMP Technology ( is a marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight, and programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

Amy Averbook
Director of Corporate Marketing
Light Reading
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