Broadband Communities

SEP 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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A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 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 | 9 have loose restrictions. Others have tight restrictions. Some restrictions have been in effect for a century, some for only a few years. So I performed more than 100 data runs to make sure that including or excluding various states and other variables did not affect the overall conclusions. e National Broadband Map (NBM) data on broadband availability comes from the Federal Communications Commission's Form 477. Because network deployers can claim many more premises on Form 477 than are actually served, the NBM is wildly optimistic. e data quality peaked in 2014 and has declined since then. is creates much of the data fuzziness. Many public-interest groups worry about the affordability of the broadband that is available. My data is not set up to examine that question in great detail, but I do not see much difference in population loss (and thus presumably job loss) due to the price of broadband. I do see a drop in take rate, but the effect is small compared with that of family size, presence of school-age children or type of economic activity. At any common prevailing price, if a household or business needs the broadband, a difference of $100 a month or more in cost has little effect. e only differences in population loss arise from up-front carrier charges of $10,000 (or more) to share the cost of a deployment. Going forward, I will look at changing state laws – Tennessee and Alabama have become more welcoming to broadband deployments by electric co-ops, for example. I also note that ownership of 5G microcells raises the stakes for deployers unless they share facilities or go into business with small, Tier-3 local exchange carriers or municipal or co-op carriers. And of course, I will be watching changes in health insurance enrollment, Medicaid and deportations. Another effect involves new broadband funding ($600 million for the Rural Utilities Service, $200 million a year in new rural-targeted small- carrier subsidies from the Connect America Fund and a possible additional $600 million from the new farm bill in House-Senate conference committee negotiations as of press time). v Contact the Hawk at The deteriorating quality of the National Broadband Map makes the data "fuzzy."

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