Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 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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4 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | MAY/JUNE 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS INDUSTRY ANALYSIS 14 Apartment Dwellers Value Internet Service A new survey of property owners shows that renters place a high value on technology amenities – but many owners still struggle to keep pace with residents' demands. SUMMIT COVERAGE 18 A View From the Summit / A BBC Staff Report At the 2017 Broad B and Communities Summit, held in Dallas in May, fiber deployers shared their experiences and vendors displayed their new technology. COMMUNITY BROADBAND 52 Choosing the Right Ownership Model / By Joel Mulder, eX2 Technology Communities should look at all options for improving their broadband access. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 54 The Economic Development Benefits of Broadband / By Steve Smith, Ronin Technology Advisors Broadband is the underpinning for some of today's most important transformations in business activity and government services. MAPPING 58 Fiber Mapping Supports Network Growth / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities How should a small, agile fiber overbuilder decide where to expand next? 64 The Circuits Circus / By Rachel Gulliksen, Mapcom Systems Managing a telecom network sometimes feels like managing a circus – but the right software can tame even the wildest beasts. TECHNOLOGY 66 In-Building Wireless Systems / By Eric Fichtner, Symphony Technology Solutions Inc. Rapidly growing demand for cellular data inside large buildings makes distributed antenna systems increasingly necessary. twitter.com/bbcmag Visit www.bbcmag.com for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments New York artist Irving Grunbaum sees fiber connections everywhere. ABOUT THE COVER DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 70 MARKETPLACE ADS 72 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 8 A New Premium Customer Plan / By Bryan J. Rader, UpStream Network Every customer is valuable and deserves great service – but some are more valuable than others. MULTIFAMILY BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY 10 What's Next? / By Valerie M. Sargent, Multifamily Broadband Council Look to the future when you plan today's broadband deployment. NEW WORLD OF VIDEO 12 Gen Z Takes Over the Video Buzz / By Michael A. Kashmer, Digital Broadband Programming Consultant The newest generation isn't easily impressed. What can broadband providers do to win over these skeptics? 18 COVER STORY: FIBER CONNECT 32 Broad B and Communities ' guide to the show, held by the Fiber Broadband Association from June 12 to June 14 in Orlando, Florida. The section includes a welcome letter, a list of recommended sessions, a map of the exhibit floor and information about featured exhibitors.

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