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This looks like a good nomination and is certainly of regional and most likely of global significance. I think it will be a good addition to our milestones.
The comments about the rise of fiber communications was not directly based on the AO work illustrate some of the challenges of determining the evolution of inventions and technologies, especially how they are often built on the work of others who were not thinking of those particular evolutions.
A deserved Milestone and the comments clean up the original citation nicely.