Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2017

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 2017 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 is looking forward to 2017. ABOUT THE COVER DEPARTMENTS 18 EDITOR'S NOTE 22 BANDWIDTH HAWK 60 MARKETPLACE ADS 62 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE FTTH DEPLOYMENT 32 LS Networks Launches Connected Communities Project / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities A middle-mile network provider in Oregon has a new mission: creating 25 rural gigabit communities. INDUSTRY ANALYSIS 36 Partnership for Rural Broadband / By Hilda Legg, Broadband Communities Together, electric co-ops and small rural telcos have what it takes to bring advanced broadband to underserved rural areas. COMMUNITY BROADBAND 38 Building Support For Community Broadband / A BBC Staff Report Highlights from the 2016 Broad B and Communities conference on broadband and economic development: gaining support from state legislators and the impacts of local fiber networks. FINANCING 50 Cost Reduction Financing For FTTH Networks / By Rollie Cole, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research Communities can finance fiber-to- the-home networks by applying the cost reductions that the networks make possible. 52 Financial Modeling For Big Fiber Builds / By Steven S. Ross, Broadband Communities Broad B and Communities ' latest modeling tool enables easy calculation of costs and benefits for network builds that use multiple technologies or will be completed in multiple phases. FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 24 A Technicianless Service Call / By Bryan J. Rader, Access Media 3 Some aspects of customer service just can't be automated. NEW WORLD OF VIDEO 26 Marketing to Millennials / By Michael A. Kashmer, Digital Broadband Programming Consultant The "me" generation is nothing like earlier generations – and why don't millennials watch sports on TV, anyway? PROPERTY OF THE MONTH 28 One Fiber, Two Providers: Givens Gerber Park, Asheville, North Carolina / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities In this affordable senior housing community, residents can choose between two broadband services delivered over the same fiber infrastructure. THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 64 New Year, More Fiber / By Heather Burnett Gold, FT TH Council Americas Exciting new technologies are coming your way, and they all require lots more fiber. COVER STORY 44 Broadband Forecasts for 2017 / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities What's ahead for the broadband industry in 2017? Growth – and preparation for more growth. 32

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