“To James Baller, who has selflessly promoted the next wave of fiber optics in America. Through the efforts of people like Jim, all people throughout the United States now have the hope of benefiting from next generation broadband connections. We applaud Jim's efforts and wish him much success going forward."
"The first award went to Jim Baller of Baller Herbst Law Group. It’s hard to find anyone as deserving of this award as Jim. He has worked tirelessly to protect the interests of municipalities, many times in the face of huge opposition. At times, he’s been the lone voice fighting against challenges to municipalities’ right to determine their own broadband future. And it’s through his efforts that public broadband can actually advance in many communities around the country."