Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 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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4 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | MAY/JUNE 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS twitter.com/bbcmag Visit www.bbcmag.com for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments COVER STORY: FTTH CONNECT DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 78 MARKETPLACE ADS 79 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE 18 BroadBand Communities ' guide to the show, held by the FTTH Council from June 13 to June 15 in Nashville, Tenn. The section includes a welcome letter, an agenda, a map of the exhibit floor and information about featured exhibitors. TECHNOLOGY 36 The Verdict Is In: FTTH Wins / By Benoît Felten, Diffraction Analysis In France, fiber to the home outperforms cable and DSL even when advertised speeds are comparable. 42 Wireless Coverage in Elevators / By John Spindler, Zinwave Car-mounted distributed antenna systems promise to end the nagging problem of dropped calls in elevators. 44 DIY Fiber Mapping / By Jason Longenecker, New Light Technologies Sometimes a quick-and-dirty estimate is all you need to arrive at a go/no-go decision about a fiber extension. 76 Managed Wi-Fi in an MDU / By Calix Consulting Services Installing Wi-Fi in multifamily housing is a challenge – but not an insurmountable one. RURAL BROADBAND 38 Electric Co-Ops: A Path to Rural Broadband / By Robert Yadon and D. Bracken Ross, Ball State University Electric cooperatives are well positioned to deliver broadband to underserved rural areas – if they follow the right strategies. BROADBAND APPLICATIONS 48 Going Beyond Broadband / By Wim Van Daele, iMinds Robust fiber backbones enable the transformation of broadband communities into smart communities. SUMMIT COVERAGE 54 Highlights of the 2016 Broadband Communities Summit / A BBC Staff Report New applications for gigabit communities, the promises and perils of the Internet of Things, a roadmap for MDU broadband services, and much more. COMMUNITY BROADBAND 66 Seven Models For Community Broadband / By John Honker, Magellan Advisors Municipalities that want to improve broadband services for their communities should consider the benefits and challenges of multiple approaches. BROADBAND POLICY 72 Fifty States of Broadband / By Doug Adams and Michael Curri, Strategic Networks Group A state-by-state study of broadband investment and activity reveals enormous variation in state broadband policies and outcomes. FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 8 The Mayor of Gigabitville / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC Gigabit, gigabit … who's got the gig? MULTIFAMILY BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY 10 Multifamily Broadband Challenges / By Valerie M. Sargent, Multifamily Broadband Council Providers and owners must plan for continual changes in technology. PROPERTY OF THE MONTH 12 Gigabit Student Housing: Olds College, Olds, Alberta / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Students' No. 1 priority for a new dorm was great internet … and that's what they got. THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 80 Strength in Numbers / By Heather Burnett Gold, FT TH Council Americas The Fiber to the Home Council advocates for an all-fiber future. 12

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