Broadband Communities

AUG-SEP 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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2 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 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 few years ago, as we were fnishing an issue of BroadBand Communities , I told the CEO, Scott DeGarmo, that I was having trouble fnding a subject for the editor's note. Scott was dumbfounded. "How could you possibly have any problem?" he asked. "Just talk about the benefts of fber to the home. Tell everyone why fber broadband is the most important thing happening right now. Tell them how it's changing the world. Isn't that the message we want to get across?" "But, Scott," I protested, "the whole magazine is about the benefts of fber." And I went on to fnd some other subject to write about. So here's the column Scott wanted me to write. WHY FTTH IS IMPORTANT Fiber to the home erases distance. Humans evolved with two incompatible needs – to live in small tribes and to travel. Having families and friends scattered around the world is an age-old problem. Letters, telephone, email, and now Skype, FaceTime and similar programs help bring people closer. Universal fber to the home and true bandwidth abundance will allow people to interact as if they are in the same room. Wouldn't you like to have dinner with your far-fung family this evening? Fiber to the home (or to the desk, or the classroom) opens up new worlds of possibilities. Musicians and dancers can perform or study with musicians and dancers in faraway cities. Art lovers can wander around museums anywhere in the world. Students can travel abroad, climb Mount Everest from their classrooms or learn any subject of their choosing – and interact in real time with their guides and professors. Fiber to the home (desk, ofce) enlarges human knowledge. Today's scientifc breakthroughs depend on analyses of vast data sets – astronomical data, genomic data, climate data and more. Tere's no way to handle these data sets without supercomputers and massive bandwidth. Fiber to the home (desk, ofce) improves health and quality of life. To coordinate care, multiple doctors need instant access to terabyte-sized patient records. Tere's no way to access these centralized records without fber connections to medical ofces. Fiber connections at home help caregivers monitor patients who have chronic illnesses, those recovering from surgery and those in frail condition. People can live at home longer than they otherwise could have. Fiber revitalizes depressed areas by attracting new and home-based businesses. Fiber makes businesses more productive. Fiber-connected smart grids and smart farms conserve natural resources. Fiber-based smart cities serve citizens better. And this is only the beginning. v The Benefts Of FTTH Universal fber to the home will change the world.

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