Broadband Communities

NOV-DEC 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 | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 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 Barbara DeGarmo / barbara@bbcmag.com PU B LISH ER Nancy McCain / nancym@bbcmag.com E D I T O R - I N - C H I E F 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 E V E N T S CO O R D I N AT O R Dennise Argil / dennise@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 David Daugherty, Korcett Holdings Inc. Heather Burnett Gold, FTTH Council, NA Joanne Hovis, CTC Technology & Energy W. James MacNaughton, Esq. Christopher Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Henry Pye, RealPage, Inc. Bryan Rader, Bandwidth Consulting, LLC Craig Settles, Gigabit Nation 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 Barbara 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 AN The Hon. Hilda Gay Legg 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 , T X 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 B roadband Communities has been writing about fber to the home and economic development since 2005. At that time, predicting that fber would be the key infrastructure for the new knowledge economy was, well, speculative, at least. To claim that FTTH could draw people and jobs to a community, that fber broadband could make businesses more proftable and enable innovation, or that fber-connected homes would be worth more than similar homes without fber connections was to go out on a very shaky limb. It all turned out to be true. Study after study confrms that good broadband boosts the economy at both a national level and a local level, that the absence of broadband is a severe handicap leading to rural depopulation – and that the speeds that make a diference are speeds that can be achieved only with fber. So why do we keep saying it? No, we're not repeating ourselves by publishing an economic development issue at the end of each year. Every year, there are new things to learn about how and why fber broadband turns the wheels of commerce and delivers benefts to communities. NEW FINDINGS Here's a sampling of what you'll fnd in this issue: • New, Internet-enabled jobs are replacing old, non-Internet-enabled jobs, with the result that more than half of net new jobs depend on Internet access. • Small businesses aren't as Internet- savvy as larger ones, and their growth lags as a result. • Communities that build FTTH networks for themselves but neglect the surrounding rural areas risk hurting their own local businesses. • Te availability of gigabit FTTH adds an average of $5,400 to the price of a home – the equivalent of a freplace or half a bathroom. • A fber-connected vocational- technical school can help a community respond quickly to changes in demand for workforce skills. • Te municipal fber network in Chattanooga generated between $865.3 million and $1.3 billion in economic and social benefts and created between 2,800 and 5,200 new jobs. FIBER-TO-THE-HOME PRIMER Tis issue includes the latest edition of the Fiber-to-the-Home Primer, which broadband Communities has also been publishing since 2005. Te primer is a great tool for educating community members about the benefts of fber broadband and building support for FTTH. It's available as a stand-alone publication, too. Let us know if you want extra copies of it. v Why Fiber Works A wealth of new information about the role of fber broadband in creating healthy economic growth.

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