Broadband Communities

NOV-DEC 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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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 | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 TABLE OF CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS 4 EDITOR'S NOTE 8 BANDWIDTH HAWK 79 MARKETPLACE ADS 80 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 10 You Got Peanut Butter In My Chocolate! / By Bryan J. Rader, UpStream Network WISPs and MDU owners can work well together. MULTIFAMILY BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY 12 A Well-Rounded Education / By Valerie M. Sargent, Multifamily Broadband Council Three events that focus on multifamily broadband NEW WORLD OF VIDEO 14 Hispanic Programming Is Evolving / By Michael A. Kashmer, Digital Broadband Programming Consultant Traditional linear delivery is still king in the world of Hispanic programming. CONNECTIVITY MATTERS 16 Starting a Broadband Project Right / By Trevor Jones, OTELCO Good feasibility studies help communities move forward with their broadband projects. CONFERENCE COVERAGE 46 The Power of Local Action / A BBC Staff Report Local successes and struggles were highlighted at Broadband Communities' 2018 economic development conference. FINANCING 52 Decentralized Broadband / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities A broadband network rewards its investors in real time. 54 A New Way to Finance Fiber / By Doug Dawson, CCG Consulting Private activity bonds offer a low-risk way for cities to finance fiber builds. TECHNOLOGY 56 An Ounce of Prevention / By David Daugherty, Clarus Broadband Network operators must prepare to deal with threats to system reliability – including malicious attacks. BROADBAND POLICY 58 When Nothing Is Better Than Something / By Jonathan Chambers, Conexon Your rural community may be blocked from receiving better internet service because of the availability of satellite or fixed wireless service. BROADBAND APPLICATIONS 62 Choosing the Right Approach for SD-WAN Connectivity / By Sean Buckley, Broadband Communities Before launching this service, be sure you're offering what customers are looking for. 2019 BUYERS GUIDE 66 Buying for Ultra-Broadband Builds and Services FEATURES COVER SECTION: COMMUNITY BROADBAND 18 Communities Join Forces for Broadband / By Lisa Gonzalez, ILSR 20 Cooperatives and Rural Broadband / By Lisa Gonzalez, ILSR 24 Broadband From the Ground Up / By Katie Kienbaum, ILSR 26 States Make the Right Moves / By Lisa Gonzalez, ILSR 28 Communities Rally to Bridge the Digital Divide / By Lisa Gonzalez, ILSR 30 Tools and Best Practices for Community Connectivity / By Next Century Cities 32 Four Communities, Four Broadband Paths / By Lisa Gonzalez, ILSR 34 Municipal Broadband Pioneer Keeps Innovating / By Lisa Gonzalez, ILSR 38 Fiber for Fairlawn / By Lisa Gonzalez, ILSR 40 Mont Belvieu Lights the Way for Texas / By Lisa Gonzalez, ILSR 44 Lyndon Township Puts Skin in the Game / By Katie Kienbaum, ILSR Guest edited by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance Visit for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments

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