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4 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS New York artist Irving Grunbaum envisions the wheels of commerce turning. ABOUT THE COVER COVER SECTION: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 90 MARKETPLACE ADS 91 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE 24 Small Businesses and the Digital Divide / By Michael Curri, Strategic Networks Group 28 New Research on Economic Development 64 Rural Broadband and the Local Economy / By Tom Sloan, Kansas State Legislature 66 Fiber Connection Sparks Engineering Firm's Growth / By Michael Scott, Wolfe 28 Fiber to the Panhandle: Walton County, Fla. / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities FTTH DEPLOYMENTS 10 The Westminster P3 Model / By Robert Wack, Common Council of Westminster, Md. A three-layer, public-private partnership model enabled Westminster to meet its broadband goals. 14 LeverettNet Launches Fiber-to-the-Home Service / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Leverett chooses a three-layer, public- private partnership model – with a different twist from Westminster's. MARKETING 18 Marketing Fiber Networks / By Craig Settles, Gigabit Nation The best marketing efforts start before the first fiber cable is laid. CONFERENCE COVERAGE 70 Fiber for the New Economy: Highlights of BroadBand C ommunities' September 2015 Conference / A BBC Staff Report 2016 BUYERS GUIDE 74 Buying for Ultra-Broadband Builds and Services Where to buy equipment, software and services for delivering voice, video, data and more TECHNOLOGY 86 10 Gigabits: The Next Frontier / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities The introduction of 10 Gbps residential Internet services is just the first sign of a much larger transformation. FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 8 Flipping the Switch / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC Taking over a new MDU account is a make-or-break opportunity. THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 92 Build Fiber For Economic Development / By Heather Burnett Gold, FT TH Council Americas Cities should adopt policies to make themselves fiber ready. 10 2015 FIBER-TO-THE-HOME PRIMER 31 What Fiber Broadband Can Do for Your Community / By the Editors of Broadband Communities This nontechnical publication, newly updated by the editors of BroadBand Communities , is a proven tool for building community support for broadband. 2 A Fiber-To-The-Home Primer from the Editors of 11th Edition • Fall 2015 bandwidth • reliability • economic development • future-proofng sustainability • affordability • symmetry • standards-based • security 11th Edition Fall 2015 What Fiber broadband Can do For Your CommunitY 70