Broadband Communities

AUG-SEP 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 | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 58 MARKETPLACE ADS 59 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE COMMUNITY BROADBAND 32 A Community Capacity Checklist / By Bill Vallée, State of Connecticut What comes after "We'd like broadband"? Here are some issues for communities to consider if they're contemplating broadband projects. 34 RS Fiber: A New Rural Internet Cooperative / By Scott Carlson and Christopher Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Originally conceived as a two-county municipal fiber network, RS Fiber became a cooperative instead. Local governments provided seed financing. 42 Four Communities Take Steps Toward Better Broadband / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Cities pursue different paths to the same end: better connectivity for residents. COMMUNITY BROADBAND SPOTLIGHT 50 Companies Whose Offerings Support Fiber for the New Economy TECHNOLOGY 54 Innovative Fiber Design in Longmont / By Johnny Hill, Clearfield Inc. When a community deploys fiber, the process must be cost-effective, fast and flexible. Here's how Longmont, Colorado, achieved all three goals. FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 8 The Buzz About MDUs / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC Have you heard? Multifamily broadband is a hot item. NEW WORLD OF VIDEO 10 Cable and Streaming Video: A Marriage Made in Heaven? / By Michael A. Kashmer, Digital Broadband Programming Consultant New alliances in the video industry may benefit both over-the-top and traditional pay-TV providers. THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 60 Community Toolkit Relaunched / By Heather Burnett Gold, FT TH Council Americas The FTTH Council relaunches its Community Toolkit, newly updated to reflect all the research, innovations and experience of the last three years. 42 COVER STORY 12 Cities Take the Lead / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Broad B and Communities ' yearly census of municipal and public-private fiber networks shows that communities are becoming more proactive in ensuring better broadband for residents and businesses. New York artist Irving Grunbaum envisions a steep path to better broadband. ABOUT THE COVER twitter.com/bbcmag Visit www.bbcmag.com for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments

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