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28 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 FTTH DEPLOYMENT Avalon: Georgia's First Fiberhood North American Properties, the developer of a new mixed-use community in Alpharetta, Ga., decided to future-proof with fber so residents and businesses will have the bandwidth they need today and in the future. By Carl E. Kandutsch / Kandutsch Law Ofce and Stephen Mayo / Inteleconnect A valon, the frst fber-to-the-premises (FTTP) neighborhood, or fberhood, in Georgia, was recently announced in Alpharetta, a northern Atlanta suburb. Atlanta is the commercial hub of the southern United States and America's second-most wired city. Alpharetta is known as the "Technology City of the South." Tere is hardly a more appropriate location for Georgia's frst fberhood than Alpharetta. Avalon, a $600 million, mixed-use development on 86 acres, currently under construction, will be home to a mixture of shoppers, homeowners, renters, ofce workers, retailers, restaurants and hotel guests. Avalon's owner, North American Properties (NAP), placed connectivity as a top priority for all its developments, and Avalon leads the way. THE FIBERHOOD VISION – WHO NEEDS A GIGABIT? Avalon plans to make 1 Gbps Internet access available to every home and business in the development. "Gigabit service is a catalyst for economic development and is crucial for future-proofng development," says Mark Toro, managing partner of NAP. "With bandwidth requirements growing at more than 30 percent per year, this is the way to get ahead – and stay ahead." From a consumer's perspective, FTTP is a prime amenity because it provides access to Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than traditional platforms can ofer. Gigabit service allows end users to watch TV online without bufering, instantly download movies and music, enjoy crystal-clear high-defnition programming and explore a constantly evolving variety of online applications, all in ways that were unheard-of just a few years ago. For business users, the benefts of fber connections start with the capability to upload and download massive data fles and work securely in the cloud at unprecedented speeds. From the city of Alpharetta's perspective, the Avalon fberhood means economic development. Nationwide, communities that ofer gigabit Internet connections are seeing a boom in economic development. Since the announcement that Google Fiber was going to Kansas City, an onslaught of Architect's rendering of Phase 2 of the Avalon development in Alpharetta, Ga. BBC_Jan14.indd 28 1/27/14 1:43 PM