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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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 © 2018 Broadband Properties LLC. All rights reserved. CEO Barbara DeGarmo / PUBLISHER Nancy McCain / E D I TO R - I N - C H I E F Masha Zager / E D I TO R -AT- L A R G E Steven S. Ross / ADV ER T ISING SALES ACCO U N T E X E C U T I V E Irene Prescott / E V E N T S CO O R D I N ATO R Dennise Argil / CO M M U N I T Y N E W S E D I TO R Marianne Cotter / AR T DIR EC TOR Karry Thomas CO N T R I B U TO R S Rollie Cole, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research David Daugherty, Korcett Holdings Inc. 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 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 2 | 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 N othing brings trends into clear focus like spending a few months studying the leading companies in the fiber-to-the-home world – not just the 100 companies listed in this issue but also the many other candidates. Here's some of what I learned in the course of preparing the list. • All major U.S. telephone and cable companies now have significant FTTH programs. AT&T's fiber build will soon be comparable in size to Verizon's; others are smaller (some are limited mainly to greenfield developments) but still sizable. In contrast to years past, the companies tout these projects to Wall Street. is development occurred at the same time copper and coaxial technologies were rapidly improving – which demonstrates that planning for future demand, once a radical idea, is becoming acceptable. • e number of competitive fiber overbuilders is increasing. In the past, rural telcos often "edged out" to compete with larger providers in nearby, underserved towns. Today, there are many purely competitive companies. • ere's tremendous innovation in public-private partnerships. Municipalities and private providers are experimenting with ownership, management and contractual forms. (See, for example, the descriptions of Huntsville Utilities; Ammon, Idaho; and Allo Communications.) • FTTH electronics, though they keep increasing in capacity, have become commodity items; equipment vendors are shifting their focus to software, which adds more value for customers. Increasingly, that software is moving to the cloud. Vendors and network operators agree that separating control and management functions from network hardware allows operators to deliver services in a flexible, agile way. • Passive equipment is becoming less commoditized and ever more tailored to the needs of specific deployers – whether they're installing networks with untrained workers in remote, mountainous regions or trying to please finicky condo owners concerned about the aesthetics of their hallways. • Automated fiber design solutions are gaining traction. Two reasons come to mind: First, there are only so many experienced engineers, and the pace of fiber deployment has reached record levels; automated solutions can help them keep up with demand. Second, today's automated solutions have been shown to reduce overall network costs. As in past years, I finished the Top 100 issue awed by the creativity and determination that so many companies, throughout the broadband ecosystem, put into delivering the benefits of fiber broadband. Congratulations to the FTTH Top 100 companies and the hundreds of other outstanding companies that are making 2018 the best year ever for fiber to the home. v Congratulations To the FTTH Top 100 Companies Some trends gleaned from Broad B and Communities ' 2018 Top 100 list

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