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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J U LY 2 0 1 8 | 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 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | 2 5 private and public, incumbent and competitive – that invest in FTTH networks. Companies newly added to the list represent a variety of ecosystem niches. In fact, several are creating entirely new niches. TDS Telecom and Adams Telephone Cooperative are incumbent telephone companies, and Adams is now leveraging its FTTH experience to help other small ILECs deploy fiber. Allo Communications and Huntsville Utilities are pioneering new types of public-private partnerships for deploying FTTH, Allo as a private-sector partner and Huntsville Utilities as a public- sector partner. Conexon is a consulting company that specializes in helping electric cooperatives build and operate FTTH networks. FibNet is an integrator that specializes in a new technology it hopes will be a game-changer for deploying fiber in remote areas. ONUG Communications is a design and engineering firm that uses automated tools to optimize fiber network designs. Palmetto Engineering & Consulting, in addition to providing engineering and consulting services, is the developer of a widely used GIS system. SELECTION CRITERIA In selecting the FTTH Top 100, the editors looked for organizations that advance the cause of fiber-based broadband by • Deploying networks that are large or ambitious, have innovative business plans or are intended to transform local economies or improve communities' quality of life • Supplying key hardware, software or services to deployers • Introducing innovative technologies with game-changing potential, even if they have not yet been commercially deployed • Providing key conditions for fiber builds, such as early-stage support or demand aggregation. To be listed among the FTTH Top 100, an organization may be based anywhere in the world but must do business in North America. Except for broadband service providers, which are inherently local, we give preference to organizations that serve national rather than local markets. Overall size is unimportant, as is corporate form – in addition to for-profit companies, the list includes municipalities, a telephone cooperative and several nonprofits. Although some organizations on the list focus entirely on fiber to the premises or other fiber-based broadband technologies, most deliver or support a mix of broadband technologies. For some, broadband represents only a small part of their business. In making these selections, the editors considered how important the organizations are to advancing fiber broadband rather than how important broadband is to them. e FTTH Top 100 list was researched by Marianne Cotter, Rachel Ellner and Kassandra Kania and overseen by editor-in-chief Masha Zager, with recommendations and advice from editor-at-large Steve Ross. To nominate a company for next year's FTTH Top 100, email masha@bbcmag.com. TOP 100 AT A GLANCE Network Planning, Systems Integration, Design, Engineering, Construction, Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 34 Fiber and Fiber Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 37 Network Testing, Monitoring and Management Services . . . . . . . . . . | 37 Network Management Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 39 Fiber-to-the-Home Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 45 Test and Measurement Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 52 Passive Components for FTTH Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 55 Optical LAN Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 61 Network Planning and Design Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 66 Distributors of Fiber Optic Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 68 FTTH Construction Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 72 Network Deployers and Service Providers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | 73 "It's fascinating to me that the role of the co-ops, municipalities and local utilities originated back in the 1930s to provide electric power to rural areas, and nearly 100 years later, they have assumed another critical mission: bringing high-speed broadband to underserved areas . This time, broadband is vital to rural America's economic viability . " – Frank Gine, CEO, ETI Software Solutions

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