Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2015

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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4 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | MAY/JUNE 2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS twitter.com/bbcmag Visit www.bbcmag.com for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments COVER STORY DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 98 MARKETPLACE ADS 99 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE 23 FTTH Conference and Expo BroadBand Communities' guide to the show, held by the FTTH Council from June 29 to July 1 in Anaheim, Calif. The section includes an agenda, a map of the exhibit floor and information about featured exhibitors. FTTH DEPLOYMENT 20 Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Deploys FTTH for Economic Development / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities An electric co-op in New Mexico lights a fiber network to fulfill its members' long-held dreams. 2015 BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 46 Competition, Competition, Competition / By Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission The FCC chairman explains what his agency is doing to improve broadband in the United States. 50 Financing Fiber Networks / A BBC Staff Report A new day-long program on financing networks covered a broad variety of public and private financing options. 62 Latest MDU Survey: It's Over the Top! / By Steven S. Ross, Broadband Communities BroadBand Communities' latest MDU survey, conducted by Michael Render of RVA LLC, shows that owners leave money on the table by undervaluing residents' broadband needs. BROADBAND APPS 72 Smart Cities Don't Need to Wait / By Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini, YAS Capital and University of New Hampshire Broadband Center of Excellence The tools to help battle natural disasters are already here. BROADBAND POLICY 76 Why States Should Support Broadband / By Tom Sloan, Kansas State Legislature Policymakers can seek common perspectives on broadband policies and practices. 80 Navigating State Restrictions On Public Broadband / By Craig Settles, Gigabit Nation Some state laws are more onerous than they appear to be. Others aren't nearly as restrictive as they seem. TECHNOLOGY 86 Comparing Wired And Wireless Broadband / By Larry Thompson, Brian Enga, Brian Bell and Warren Vande Stadt , Vantage Point Solutions Why wireless broadband isn't a complete solution for rural areas. 94 Simplifying Interbuilding Fiber Networks A new high-density, flexible- subgroup cable designed to run between buildings simplifies installations, improves signal integrity and increases ease of service. 96 IPDR: More Than Just Usage- based Billing / By Francisco Viana, Incognito Software Systems How operators can use the Internet Protocol Detail Record for planning, engineering, sales and marketing. FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 12 A 'Tireless' Discussion / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC There are so many uses for wireless networks in multifamily housing that arguments about wireless are often at cross purposes. PROPERTY OF THE MONTH 14 A Strategic Fiber Upgrade: St. Laurent Apartments, Grand Prairie, Texas / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities A major overhaul to the communications infrastructure made this community even more attractive to tenants. THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 100 Transitioning to Fiber: The Consumer Experience / By Heather Burnett Gold, FT TH Council Americas Few consumers would even recognize a rotary phone today – but regulations are written for an earlier age. 14

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