Broadband Communities

JUL 2015

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2 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | JULY 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 O ne thing I enjoy about compiling the FTTH Top 100 list is catching up with the news of the past year. Despite spending nearly all day, every day, reading and writing about fber to the home, I still miss some interesting stories. Keeping up with the fber-to- the-home industry has become more than a full-time job. Here are just a few things I learned about this year's Top 100 winners (in alphabetical order): • Responding to the need for middle-mile fber, Atlantic Engineering Group, a design and engineering frm, established a new subsidiary, Atlantic Fiber Networks, to construct middle-mile and dark fber networks on a build-to-own basis. • To accommodate networks in transition, Charles Industries introduced a line of universal enclosures for distributing fber, copper and coaxial cables. • Even though some large telcos are selling wireline assets to focus on their wireless networks, Cincinnati Bell made the opposite decision: It sold its wireless spectrum licenses to focus its eforts on the efcient deployment of FTTH. • For customers who just can't wait an extra millisecond for a Web page to load, Pavlov Media introduced WebSnap – a set of trafc management techniques that enable fast Web page loading through superfast blasts of service – and hosted a root domain name server on its network. • Sonic, the ISP that pioneered low-cost gigabit service, has now reduced its gigabit tier to $40 per month – which must be one of the best deals anywhere. • City dwellers hoping for FTTH in their neighborhoods will be glad to hear about Vermeer's new D23x30 S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill, which was designed for congested areas and is one of the quietest drills on the market. Te FTTH Top 100 feature in this month's issue (p. 26) is packed full of useful information about the key players in the fber-to-the-home ecosystem, from service providers to vendors, distributors and consultants – as well as the nonprofts that do so much to raise awareness about fber to the home and about the need for better bandwidth. Tey've all been busy in the last year moving the industry forward. Take a look at the list for yourself and fnd out what you've missed. Congratulations to all the 2015 Top 100! v Catching Up With the News I thought I was up to date with all the FTTH news – until I started compiling the FTTH Top 100 list.

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