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48 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014 FTTH CONFERENCE COVERAGE FTTH Conference & Expo: Hardware, Software, Gigabit Business Cases Optimism, neat product tweaks and many innovations in mapping and management software were on display at the FTTH Council's annual conference in Fort Lauderdale. By Steven S. Ross / Broadband Communities P olicy discussions, deployment game- savers and clever new products punctuated the FTTH Council annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale in late June. Tere was plenty of talk about gigabit deployments, of course, but announcements mainly concerned new inside-plant technologies that make updating an in-home or in-ofce network easier and better able to take advantage of gigabit to the premises. Construction, design and consulting frms on the Expo foor were almost universally optimistic, saying that business is up in most parts of the country and the economic recovery seems solid. Deployers are increasingly turning to fber projects – fber to the home, to small and medium businesses and to the cell tower. Data center construction is especially strong. THE BUSINESS CASE FOR FIBER Christopher Levendos, Verizon VP for national operations, confrmed that Verizon will "fberize everything in the 20 million homes we pass in our [planned FiOS] footprint, whether or not they buy FiOS or other fber products." He suggested that other areas will be switched from copper to fber as service needs increase and as the copper ages. Te transition will take a decade or more. Part of the reason Verizon is building fber – reliability and lower maintenance cost – became evident after a recent disaster. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Verizon spent more than a year rebuilding its fooded cable infrastructure in lower Manhattan, replacing old copper and copper-associated switchgear with fber. For the frst half of 2014, after the infrastructure was upgraded, the number of trouble calls in lower Manhattan dropped to 0.27 per 100 lines per month. Te average for all of New York state was 2 per 100 during the same period, which included an exceptionally cold and stormy winter. Verizon would not reveal how much new cable it put in, but the total project cost, which included a total conversion of the electronics, was $1 billion. Verizon has about 90 million feet of fber strand in New York City. As many in the industry are well aware, Verizon's needs for Sandy remediation severely stressed electronics suppliers worldwide. Mike Weston of Verizon Enhanced Communities said opportunities are great for marketing fber services to multiple-dwelling- unit (MDU) properties. Tough he noted that today's economic climate favors building rental units and that certain groups, such as "newly