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AUG-SEP 2017

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4 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017 EDITOR'S NOTE Broadband Communities (ISSN 0745-8711) (USPS 679-050) (Publication Mail Agreement #1271091) is published 7 times a year at a rate of $24 per year by Broadband Properties LLC, 1909 Avenue G, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Periodical postage paid at Rosenberg, TX, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Broadband Communities, PO Box 303, Congers, NY 10920-9852. CANADA POST: Publications Mail Agreement #40612608. Canada Returns to be sent to Bleuchip International, PO Box 25542, London, ON N6C 6B2. Copyright © 2017 Broadband Properties LLC. All rights reserved. CEO Barbara DeGarmo / barbara@bbcmag.com PUBLISHER Nancy McCain / nancym@bbcmag.com E D I TO R - I N - C H I E F Masha Zager / masha@bbcmag.com E D I TO R -AT- L A R G E Steven S. Ross / steve@bbcmag.com ADV ER T ISING SALES ACCO U N T E X E C U T I V E Irene Prescott / irene@bbcmag.com E V E N T S CO O R D I N ATO R Dennise Argil / dennise@bbcmag.com CO M M U N I T Y N E W S E D I TO R Marianne Cotter / marianne@bbcmag.com DESIGN & PRODUC T I O N Karry Thomas CO N T R I B U TO R S Rollie Cole, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research David Daugherty, Korcett Holdings Inc. Heather Burnett Gold, Fiber Broadband Association Joanne Hovis, CTC Technology & Energy Michael A. Kashmer, Digital Broadband Programming Consultant W. James MacNaughton, Esq. Christopher Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Henry Pye, RealPage, Inc. Bryan Rader, UpStream Network Craig Settles, Gigabit Nation Robert L. Vogelsang, Broadband Communities Magazine B ROAD BAN D PRO PE R TI E S LLC CEO Barbara DeGarmo V ICE PR ESIDEN T, BUSINESS & OPER AT I ONS Nancy McCain CHAIR MAN OF T HE BOAR D Robert L. Vogelsang V ICE CHAIR MAN The Hon. Hilda Gay Legg BUSINESS & EDI TOR IAL OFFICE BROADBAND PROPER T IES LLC 19 09 Avenue G • Rosenb erg, T X 77471 281. 342.9 655 • Fa x 281. 342.1158 w w w. bro adb andcommunities .com masha@bbcmag.com A s editor, I always recommend that you read Broad B and Communities cover to cover. If you're a multifamily property owner, manager, consultant, service provider, vendor or even resident, you'll certainly want to read this issue in its entirety. But just in case, here's the short version. • Construction of MDUs – especially of rental properties – continues to boom even though single-family housing hasn't recovered from the recession. MDUs are being built to accommodate young people forming households and older people downsizing. • MDU developers increasingly plan for good broadband as an essential utility and finance it themselves. • In existing MDUs, property owners can usually meet today's broadband needs with high-quality, well- designed copper, coax or fiber to the unit. More important is bringing a large enough fiber optic circuit close enough to the unit. • College students lead the way in using broadband for study and entertainment, and they have more connected devices than ever. Table stakes for serving student-housing properties is 100 Mbps and managed Wi-Fi (and no rogue devices). • As students graduate, they move into conventional apartments and bring with them their expectations for reliable service, high speeds and seamlesss, propertywide Wi-Fi. • Multifamily residents of all ages want to be able to work from home. To do that, they need robust, reliable broadband with adequate downstream and upstream speeds. • Bulk broadband, always standard in student housing and other niche markets, is becoming more widely used in conventional housing – but the FCC has raised questions about it. • About half of new MDUs are wired with fiber. Really, all of them should be. Installing fiber is no longer expensive, difficult or aesthetically challenging, and deployers now have plenty of options in terms of technology and deployment methods. • e ROI for retrofitting a multifamily property with fiber is becoming more favorable. Fiber means higher sales price, higher rents and higher net income. With a wireless overlay, it can also mean higher ancillary income. In both new and existing MDUs, fiber to the unit positions communities for the future. To quote Michael Voll, a visionary technology leader featured in this issue (p. 20), "Decades of innovations need to be supported. Broadband and the internet should not be limiting factors." v MDU Issue: The Highlights Nearly a quarter of U.S. housing is now in multiple- dwelling-unit (MDU) properties. These communities serve some of the most demanding broadband users. They also provide profitable opportunities for selling broadband services.

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