Broadband Communities

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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22 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS COVER STORY – COMMUNITY BROADBAND DEPARTMENTS 20 EDITOR'S NOTE 71 MARKETPLACE ADS 72 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 24 Prepare for the Shark Tank / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC Are you ready to answer due-diligence questions from potential investors? WHY WE NEED MORE FIBER 26 Fiber Powers Connectivity at Sun Life Stadium / By Joan Engebretson, Broadband Communities Miami's Sun Life Stadium seats 75,000 Dolphins fans, and they all have cellphones. AT&T put in 46 miles of fiber optic cable for backhaul. 40 Facilitating Broadband Construction / By Joanne S. Hovis and Andrew Afflerbach, CTC Technology & Energy What communities can do to reduce the costs of building next-generation networks, for themselves or for private partners. FEATURES FTTH DEPLOYMENTS 28 Avalon: Georgia's First Fiberhood / By Carl E. Kandutsch, Kandutsch Law Office and Stephen Mayo, Inteleconnect Every resident and business in a new Atlanta- area community will have access to gigabit speeds or higher. 34 Fatbeam and Intermax Bring Fiber to Idaho Towns / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities It's possible to serve small, overlooked markets with fiber and still make a profit. Here's how to do it. BROADBAND APPS 36 Delivering Security With Smart-Premises Technology / By Craig Steen, Clear2there A Mississippi school district and hospital use broadband-based solutions for access control and video surveillance. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 48 LITE + OM: Partnerships That Catalyze Change / By Skyra Rideaux, Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise A business incubator in Louisiana leverages Lafayette's community fiber network. SERVICE PROVIDER STRATEGIES 52 Q&A With Nathan Stooke, CEO, Wisper Providing the best service possible – because you can, not because you have to – is the watchword of this forward-thinking wireless ISP. INDUSTRY LEADERS 56 Burhop Carries 'Just Do It' Attitude Into Retirement / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC Private cable operators celebrate a leader who offered support, encouragement and advocacy to their industry. TECHNOLOGY 58 Planning for Gigabits / By Kermit Ross, Network Design Decisions Inc. A new generation of network planning software reduces the time, effort and cost of planning community fiber networks. 62 Outsourcing Innovation / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Managed service providers aren't just outsourcers anymore – with the help of new technologies, they are evolving into innovation partners. 64 Is VDSL+PON the Cure for Consumer Broadband Addiction? / By Christopher Moezzi, Broadcom New technologies allow telcos to create competitive broadband offerings by taking fiber almost to the home. 68 What's Next for Next-Generation Access? / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities High-speed access is evolving in many directions at once – and they're all good. twitter.com/bbcmag facebook.com/bbcmag Visit www.bbcmag.com for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments ABOUT THE COVER: For New York artist Irving Grunbaum, a gig is big. 28 26 48 BBC_Jan14.indd 22 1/27/14 1:42 PM

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