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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52 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 FINANCING B roadband Communities ' one-page models for calculating investment returns on ultrabroadband builds have become the industry standard. ey're free, they've been checked by hundreds of users since they were first introduced in 2011 and they are easy to modify. e biggest shortcoming of the earlier modeling tools is that they require building a new model for each section of a network build. e latest tool solves that problem by combining multiple network sections – each on its own tab, or worksheet – into one seamless package. Each section can have its own start and finish time, financing and revenue profile. Each part of the build can use a different technology – FTTH, wireless, cable or others. Mixing multiple technologies and multiple construction phases in the same model is now easy. Adding tabs is simple, and most spreadsheet software imposes no practical limitations on the number of tabs in a workbook. e top sheet automatically summarizes all the other sheets, but all sheets are visible by default to all users. e model is open to public inspection and tinkering by anyone who has rudimentary knowledge of spreadsheet programming. For those who would like a hands-on demonstration (and didn't see my Minneapolis presentation), I will present the new modeling tool in a workshop at the 2017 b roadband Communities Summit and in a webinar. I also provide limited free help to get users started. b roadband Communities ' goal is to help communities and small operators find out, without a large investment, whether an ultrabroadband network is within their reach. If the model shows that a network looks financially feasible, a potential network builder can more easily justify the next step: hiring a consultant to hone a design with community input and help find the financing. Using these models (with or without help from a consultant to start) can cut the cost of exploring the financial issues to well under Financial Modeling For Big Fiber Builds 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. By Steven S. Ross / Broadband Communities Don't miss Steve Ross's workshop on the new modeling tool – and MDU modeling as well – at the Broad B and Communities s ummit , May 1–4, 2017, in Dallas.

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