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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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 4 6 | 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 | A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 Prosperity and Broadband Access Only fiber to the premises can support the new knowledge economy. By Mario Blandini / DASAN Zhone Solutions V irtually everything has changed in the internet age. ere were times when people flocked to cities for work. Lured by the opportunity for prosperity, people moved to major cities, driving massive population growth. During the Industrial Revolution, people moved to places such as Detroit to work on the assembly lines of automotive manufacturers, and in the tech boom, professionals flocked to Austin, Boston and Silicon Valley. Now these metro areas are bursting at the seams. ough a major city can be attractive for professional, educational or social reasons, rural communities are equally attractive and full of opportunities – but only if they have the great equalizer: access to high-speed internet. e internet boom – the current era – introduced the idea of "knowledge workers." Today, instead of moving to a city to pursue a specific field of work, knowledge workers can work from anywhere in the country for major companies. Instead of moving to San Jose to work at a technology company headquarters, a knowledge worker can deliver that same work, remotely, from a town in the Sierras or the middle of Wisconsin. With high-speed internet access, small towns have the opportunity to offer "big city jobs." According to the U.S. Census Bureau, increased access to high-speed internet can improve delivery of education, health care, public safety and other services. Broadband access presents the opportunity to bring prosperity and increased economic value to businesses and households in rural America. Companies cannot find enough qualified knowledge workers, and those potential employees cannot find housing where the jobs are posted. Providing for ourselves and our families using our brains rather than our hands presents a human opportunity in the internet age. THE (RURAL) AMERICAN DREAM Roughly 23.4 million Americans who live in rural areas lack a broadband connection, and many places are not equipped for the internet boom. Of the rural communities that have broadband access, only a few have high-speed capabilities. Whether they receive internet access via a local cable company or DSL, speeds are much slower than those in urban areas. Telecommunications providers in local areas must make a profit to sustain service, so any solution must pay for itself via revenues from its use. Even municipally owned entities must make the business model work. Broadband based on fiber to the premises (FTTP) can be properly designed, maintained and extended to support future workloads because data demand will continue to increase. An everyday example of data growth that exceeds classic consumer and business networks is multimedia or video. From SD to HD to 4K and beyond, classic networks often reach their limits, particularly when they must operate with high bandwidth in both directions. Only FTTP services provide this investment protection and future-proofing capability. THE CASE OF OZONA CABLE For one rural telecommunications provider that partnered with DASAN Zhone Solutions

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