Broadband Communities

OCT 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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MDU INDUSTRY ANALYSIS | 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 | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 Fiber Broadband Is Pure Gold for MDUs Why aren't all MDU developers installing and marketing fiber in new buildings? By Michael Render / RVA LLC F iber broadband may be the best multiple- dwelling-unit (MDU) amenity ever invented. In surveys of MDU residents, very high speed, reliable broadband has been flirting with the top amenity spot for several years. A new study by RVA Market Research conducted for the Fiber Broadband Association shows that broadband is unequivocally entrenched as the No. 1 amenity for both apartments and condominiums. Survey respondents rated 14 commonly advertised features for apartments and condominiums. Great broadband beat out other necessities such as in-unit washers and dryers and perks such as balconies and patios. It even surpassed one of the central tenets of real estate value – "location, location, location" – in this case, measured as commuting distance. Further, based on RVA research, fast, reliable broadband (which in most cases means fiber) adds 2 percent to the value of a condo and 8 percent to the rental price of an apartment. Superior user satisfaction with fiber versus other broadband delivery technologies is

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