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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28 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 PROPERTY OF THE MONTH One Fiber, Two Providers: Givens Gerber Park, Asheville, North Carolina In this issue, Broad B and Communities showcases Givens Gerber Park, an affordable senior housing community whose residents can choose between two broadband services delivered over the same fiber infrastructure. Thanks to Ricky Foor of Givens Communities and Alan Bertsch of Qypsys for gathering the information for this profile. By Masha Zager / Broadband Communities G ivens Communities is a United Methodist Church–affiliated nonprofit that provides care for seniors in several types of communities – ranging from independent living through skilled nursing – throughout western North Carolina. Its mission of compassionate care emphasizes opportunities for residents to live their lives to the fullest. is requires providing a community atmosphere, a wide variety of activities, and catalysts to participate in as many of those activities as possible. "at's where technology comes in," says Ricky Foor, technology director for Givens Communities. "Phone, internet and cable are all tools we provide residents to enhance their lives. Wireless access is very important to us because it opens up the door to allow them to interact with the community, the region and the world as a whole." Each community has a website, a community TV channel and, in some cases, a mobile app to keep residents informed about menus and activities and facilitate contact with staff members. Each community (except one that Givens purchased rather than built) is built with a fiber- to-the-unit network that will enable residents to access any new technology as it develops. "We're planning ahead and thinking about what will happen," Foor says. "Will residents need 3D video? Virtual reality? e medium that gives us most chance of success with these is fiber." Givens provides triple-play services to residents over its own networks and invests any profits from those services in the communities' technology infrastructures. In addition, it always offers residents a choice of providers, usually through a parallel copper or coaxial network. Foor explains, "I don't believe that forcing residents to subscribe to one service is appropriate." GERBER PARK In 2016, Givens developed a new community, Gerber Park, to provide independent living for low- and moderate-income seniors. e community, which includes HUD-subsidized, tax-credit and affordable middle-income apartments, is being built in three phases and includes such amenities as a café, a community room and a fitness room. "It's a home where residents can age in place at a standard of living that we believe everyone deserves," Foor says. Like earlier Givens properties, Gerber Park was outfitted with a passive optical network that

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