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JAN-FEB 2014

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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Above: Jane's presentation at the 2013 Summit really drew the attention of all attendees. I frst worked for the state as the Secretary of Administration responsible for the business side of government. It started with fve colleges connected by microwave (UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Duke and Wake Forest, and UNC-Charlotte). In 1977 we moved to create an integrated distributive network across the state, available to colleges and universities. We put computing, video, telephone and data on the same lines and took 12 separate mainframes down by networking state government operations. We were of to the information highway, but just barely. In 1984 I left and went to work for ITT Corporation's Network Systems Group as Director and later as a vice president. Tis was one of the frst multinational worldwide telecommunications corporations. It did business in more than a 120 countries. When the frst rewrite of American telecom rules took place, ITT continued to sell services and equipment worldwide, but not to AT&T (which had Western Electric) in the US. Although ITT could not sell equipment to AT&T, it could sell to US independent companies like United Telephone and GTE. At ITT, we deployed the frst digital network for NATO-Europe. At that time, NATO- Europe had more than 20 large procurement contracts. Many were in default, including ITT's. We worked hard to rectify that and our digital network, I was told, was the only contract of its size and complexity that was actually delivered. It meant $900,000 to the ITT bottom line. And NATO joined the digital world. I left ITT Telecom-Networks group after we worked with the French to create ITT-Alcatel North Carolina frsts include ATM-SONET and Integrated Community Networks FUN FIBER FACTS: Jane Patterson Continued Register Now www.bbcmag.com BBC_Gatefold PagesDIGITALONLY_Jan14.indd 6 2/6/14 10:32 AM

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