Reader's Choice Rules

2:20 PM -- You could be the star of the next Leading Lights Awards!

Light Reading's Leading Lights Awards program, which annually recognizes companies and their executives for their outstanding achievements in the next-gen communications industry is going through a major change. We're kicking two awards to the curb, opening the whole thing up, and letting you -- yeah, YOU -- pick the ONE PERSON we single out as our Person of The Year for 2007.

In previous years, our editorial and analyst teams called all the shots. We considered lots of reader input, in addition to other factors, and we gave out one Leadership Award for private companies and one for public companies. Now we're binning both Leadership awards for something more exciting.

This year, we're only giving out ONE individual award this year and it can be ANYONE, so long as that person did, in some way, contribute to the business of next-gen communications in a big way during 2007.

What does that mean? Well, whatever you want.

The Person of the Year will be nominated using our standard Leading Lights entry form. Anyone with influence on any facet of the telecom industry is eligible. Anyone can nominate anyone else. Nominate yourself, if you have no friends.

Now pay attention, this next part's important: Even though our nominations process for the rest of the Leading Lights Awards will be open until September 28, we will stop taking nominations on Person of the Year on Aug. 10. At that point, we'll come up with a shortlist of nominations and we'll publish the shortlist and an accompanying poll on our site on August 20.

The poll will close October 19, and the winner will be announced at the Heavy Reading Executive Summit on November 13 in New York City.

Now, finally, here's the one link you'll need to enter the Leading Lights -- and to nominate your Person of the Year: www.lightreading.com/awards.

Good luck!

— Phil Harvey, Barely Managing Editor, Light Reading

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