Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2016

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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20 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS twitter.com/bbcmag Visit www.bbcmag.com for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments New York artist Irving Grunbaum sees a bright future ahead. ABOUT THE COVER COVER STORY: LOOKING AHEAD TO 2016 DEPARTMENTS 18 EDITOR'S NOTE 22 BANDWIDTH HAWK 54 MARKETPLACE ADS 56 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE 34 2016 Forecast: Sunny, With a Chance of Gigabits / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Industry experts expect broadband demand to keep rising. How service providers will meet that demand is somewhat less clear. FTTH DEPLOYMENTS 32 Kentucky's 'Gigabit Hollers' / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities PRTC's full fiber buildout offers new hope to an impoverished region. FINANCING 38 Property Assessed Broadband / By Ken Pyle, Viodi View A proposal for building rural broadband and communities at the same time. ENERGY EFFICIENCY 42 New Technologies Promise Greener Networking / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Dramatic improvements in communications networks are possible – and researchers around the world have been collaborating to test new approaches. SMART GRID 46 Connected Grids Are Smarter Grids / By Peter Londa, Tantalus Fiber-powered data analytics makes interconnected smart grids a reality. BROADBAND ADOPTION 52 Broadband Is More Than Infrastructure / By Julia Pulidindi, Advantage Engineers Broadband infrastructure does no good if people aren't using it. Now communities are developing strategies to tackle the digital divide. FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 24 Time to Change the Name / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC "Private cable operator" is a relic from the past. We need a new, more accurate term to describe this innovative industry. PROPERTY OF THE MONTH 26 Renters by Choice: Madison Providence, Collegeville, Pa. / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Residents of Madison Providence are both renters by choice and renters with choice. 46 32

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