Broadband Communities

AUG-SEP 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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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 17 that the company was interested in bringing fiber to multifamily buildings in Oakland. Associa suggested 407 Orange St., AT&T agreed, and Cardoza, who had just "semi-retired," volunteered as the condo's point man for the project. "I was pursuing fiber, they were offering it, and it all came together," Cardoza says. Even better, AT&T's new fiber distribution hub for the neighborhood was conveniently located right outside the building. Although AT&T's investment in the network eliminated the need for a special assessment, the project was still logistically difficult. Cardoza spent long hours working with AT&T and its contractors to make the installation as smooth as possible. e condo owners wanted to avoid replanting their shrubbery, and they wanted the interior of the building to look as if nothing had changed. Together, Cardoza and AT&T developed a fiber pathway that avoided the plantings, ran through the garage and the stairwell, and ended in what Cardoza calls a "little tiny box" over each apartment doorway. Cardoza also helped set up the in-unit installation schedule, signed up the residents, kept them informed about the process, and attended every installation, making sure the results satisfied everyone. Each homeowner was able to choose whether to install fiber; all but six or seven did, Cardoza says. Because the fiber ends at each doorway, even the few residents who didn't opt for fiber services will be able to sell their apartments as "wired for fiber optic services." He notes, "e latest sale went at $100,000 over the asking price, and this is why." And as for those residents who did choose fiber, Cardoza says, "e people I've talked to are very happy with what they received." PROPERTY OF THE MONTH HIGHLIGHTS ~ 407 Orange St., Oakland, California ~ • Condo unit owners working from home needed fast, reliable broadband. • AT&T Fiber completes first installation in the Oakland area. • OFS InvisiLight hallway solution blends smoothly with the décor. • The condo board assigned a liaison to work closely with the design and installation teams.

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