Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2015

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2 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | MAY/JUNE 2015 EDITOR'S NOTE Broadband Communities (ISSN 0745-8711) (USPS 679-050) (Publication Mail Agreement #1271091) is published 7 times a year at a rate of $24 per year by Broadband Properties LLC, 1909 Avenue G, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Periodical postage paid at Rosenberg, TX, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Broadband Communities, PO Box 303, Congers, NY 10920-9852. CANADA POST: Publications Mail Agreement #40612608. Canada Returns to be sent to Bleuchip International, PO Box 25542, London, ON N6C 6B2. Copyright © 2015 Broadband Properties LLC. All rights reserved. CEO & ED I TO R IAL D I R EC TO R Scott DeGarmo / scott@bbcmag.com PU B LISH ER Nancy McCain / nancym@bbcmag.com E D I T O R Masha Zager / masha@bbcmag.com E D I T O R -AT- L A R G E Steven S. Ross / steve@bbcmag.com ADV ER T ISI N G SALE S A CCO U N T E X E C U T I V E Irene Prescott / irene@bbcmag.com CO M M U N I T Y N E W S E D I T O R Marianne Cotter / marianne@bbcmag.com D E SI G N & PR O D U C T I O N Karry Thomas CO N T R I B U T O R S Joe Bousquin David Daugherty, Korcett Holdings Inc. Joan Engebretson Richard Holtz, InfiniSys W. James MacNaughton, Esq. Henry Pye, RealPage Bryan Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC Robert L. Vogelsang, Broadband Communities Magazine B R OA D BA N D P R O P E R T I E S L LC CEO Scott DeGarmo V I CE PR E SI D EN T, B USI N E SS & O PER AT I O N S Nancy McCain CHAI R M AN O F T H E B OAR D Robert L. Vogelsang V I CE CHAI R M EN The Hon. Hilda Gay Legg Kyle Hollifield B USI N E SS & ED I TO R IAL O FFI CE B R OAD BAN D PR O PER T I E S LLC 19 0 9 Ave nu e G • R o s e n b e r g , Tx 77471 281. 3 42 .9 655 • Fa x 281. 3 42 .1158 w w w. b r o a d b a n d co m m u n i t i e s . co m masha@bbcmag.com A s the fber-to-the-home industry gathers in Anaheim for FTTH Connect, it's worth noting the seismic changes taking place in FTTH today. Te "Game of Gigs" that Google Fiber sparked continues to heat up. A provider's ability to deliver gigabit Internet access ofers assurance even to customers that don't yet need that access. Recently, a TDS Telecom executive said that company's gigabit speed tier gives it "credibility that's difcult for other competitors to match" and noted that the gigabit's halo efect increased take rates for other tiers as well. Te overlapping territories of telephone companies, cable companies and competitive providers have spurred nearly all large providers – and many small ones – to ofer broadband speeds unheard of a few years ago. Or, as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would put it, "Competition, competition, competition." (See p. 46.) Companies that once pooh-poohed fber to the home as gimmicky and unnecessary have changed their tunes. Perhaps this competitive leapfrogging should be renamed the "Game of 2Gigs." In an astonishing move, Comcast announced in April that it would make symmetrical 2 Gbps service available to 18 million U.S. homes by the end of this year – an FTTH rollout nearly as large as Verizon FiOS, accomplished in far less time (thanks to Comcast's prior rollout of fber to businesses). As of press time, pricing for the 2 Gbps tier was not yet available. Speculation is the initial price will be so high that few households will adopt the service; however, prices can change. Comcast's Gigabit Pro deployment is a reminder that FTTH technology is moving forward at a rapid clip. Vendors introduced early versions of 10 Gbps PON several years ago, but these products gained little traction in the marketplace. With more economical and powerful versions of 10G technology entering the market today, multiple-gigabit services should become commonplace. THOSE LEFT BEHIND Gigabit providers – at least the larger companies – seem to choose many of the same locations. For example, Google Fiber, AT&T and Comcast all plan to ofer gigabit services in Atlanta. Is there any hope for less-favored regions? Fortunately, not all FTTH news concerns giant companies and fourishing cities. Localities at the bottom of the list are taking steps to build broadband themselves or partner with providers. Nontraditional companies are showing a willingness to invest in fber to the home. New types of fnancing are being developed. Would you have expected to see these quotes a year ago? "I think we're at the beginning of a 10- to 15-year fberization." – Elliot Noss, Tucows "Tere is a huge demand for long-life infrastructure investments." – Nick Hann, Macquarie Capital See the article on p. 50 for more details. v Seismic Changes A few years ago, fber to the home was a "gimmick." Now, everybody wants to get into the act.

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