Broadband Communities

JUL 2018

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 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | J U LY 2 0 1 8 TABLE OF CONTENTS Visit www.bbcmag. com for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 94 MARKETPLACE ADS 96 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 8 The Next Big Thing Is … 6G! / By Bryan J. Rader, UpStream Network Multifamily providers should address clients' technology concerns seriously, even when tempted not to. MULTIFAMILY BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY 10 Communicating With Multifamily Community Members / By Jason Watts, Multifamily Broadband Council and Perfect-10 New options for communi- cating with residents and prospective residents NEW WORLD OF VIDEO 12 New Gadgets for the Digital Lifestyle / By Michael A. Kashmer, Digital Broadband Programming Consultant Mid-summer consumer tech product launches CONNECTIVITY MATTERS 14 The Case for Fixed Wireless / By Trevor Jones, OTELCO Fixed wireless may provide an acceptable alternative – or even a transition – to an all-fiber network. CONFERENCE COVERAGE 16 News From Fiber Connect / By Steven S. Ross, Broadband Communities The Fiber Broadband Association's annual conference, held in Nashville in June, offered fiber community success stories. TECHNOLOGY 80 Conduit Infrastructure Provides Base for Smart Grid and Broadband Access / By Molly Gilbert, Dura-Line Corporation The municipal utility in Estes Park, Colorado, solved a difficult fiber deployment challenge by using aerial conduit with multiple pathways for its smart grid. 84 Q&A With Colin Garner, Wolf Line Construction: Do's and Don'ts of Aerial Fiber Aerial fiber deployments are attractive because they are less expensive than underground deployments, but there can be hidden traps. 88 The Customer Experience Imperative / By Kurt Raaflaub, ADTRAN Providers must amplify subscriber experiences to support connected homes and monetize gigabit broadband. 92 Make the Right Connections / By Wendy Sutton, CommScope Each segment of a fiber network has its own challenges and requirements, and each demands its own type of closure. FEATURES New York artist Irving Grunbaum celebrates the FTTH Top 100. ABOUT THE COVER 80 COVER STORY 24 FTTH Top 100 List / A BBC Staff Report Leaders and innovators in the fiber-to-the-home arena for 2018

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