Broadband Communities

OCT 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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6 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | OCTOBER 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS twitter.com/bbcmag Visit www.bbcmag.com for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments DEPARTMENTS 4 EDITOR'S NOTE 8 BANDWIDTH HAWK 62 MARKETPLACE ADS 63 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE MDU CASE STUDIES 46 Looking Back: Property of the Month Classics / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities What does it take to make a Property of the Month? Vision, execution – and the willingness to try something new. SERVICE PROVIDER STRATEGIES 52 EATEL 10 Years Later / By Harris Miller, EATEL Louisiana-based EATEL built one of the first large-scale FTTH networks in the United States. Ten years later, the company is still exploring new frontiers. TECHNOLOGY 56 Financing the Fiber Migration / By Trevor Smith and Jamie Birdnow, CommScope Fiber indexing, a new approach to access network design, greatly improves the business case for FTTH. 58 Choosing Reliable Compatibles / By Ray Hagen, ProLabs Buying compatible parts for network equipment can offer expanded choices, lower costs and faster availability – as long as you choose products and suppliers with care. FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 10 Opening a New Window / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC A challenge to the multifamily broadband industry to become more inclusive. MULTIFAMILY BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY 12 Fiber Networks in Existing Buildings / By Valerie M. Sargent, Multifamily Broadband Council Allowing providers to propose creative solutions for retrofitting buildings may yield surprisingly cost- effective results. THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 64 Fiber Is Critical Infrastructure / By Heather Burnett Gold, FT TH Council Americas To get the economy out of its rut, the U.S. must build more fiber networks – and use them to full advantage. 46 COVER STORY 14 The Top 100 MDU Technology Providers for 2016 / A Broadband Communities Staff Report Broad B and Communities ' annual list of companies that multifamily property owners rely on for technology amenities. New York artist Irving Grunbaum is wowed by innovative MDU technology. ABOUT THE COVER — 2016 — M D U T e c h n o l o g y P r o v i d e r s

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