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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2 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 Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2018 A BBC Staff Report " Building a Fiber-Connected World" is the tagline of Broad B and Communities magazine, and each year the FTTH Top 100 list recognizes organizations that lead the way in this arena. Fiber-to-the-home deployment in the United States is at an all-time high. In 2017, the number of U.S. households with access to fiber broadband increased by 4.4 million, and the increase for 2018 will likely be even higher. About 35 million households, or 28 percent of all U.S. households, now have fiber access. Everyone is getting in the game of gigs, it seems – from AT&T, which is on track to pass 14 million homes with fiber by mid-2019, to tiny, rural towns connecting their hundred-odd premises. It's no wonder the industry is expanding and the number of companies competing for the Top 100 slots continues to grow. at's great for the country as a whole, even if it makes life difficult for the editors who assemble this list. e 2018 FTTH Top 100 list represents the whole fiber-to-the-home ecosystem. Optical fiber and fiber cables; passive equipment for connecting, protecting and managing fiber; and active equipment for sending and receiving signals over fiber are the most basic components of an FTTH network, along with software for planning, setting up and managing networks and for provisioning and billing fiber services. e list contains many companies that design, manufacture and distribute these essential products. To put these pieces together requires firms that finance, plan, design, engineer, construct and install fiber optic networks, as well as those that make equipment for digging, pushing, pulling and attaching fiber. ese, too, are represented on the list. Also included are a variety of organizations that advocate for better broadband or create conditions that make FTTH more profitable. Finally, there wouldn't be any fiber to the home if not for the deployers – large and small, ORGANIZATIONS ADDED TO THE FTTH TOP 100 LIST IN 2018 Adams Telephone Co-Operative / CheckPoint Solutions; Allo Communications Conexon FibNet Huntsville Utilities ONUG Communications Palmetto Engineering & Consulting / CrescentLink Solutions; TDS Telecom

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