Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2019

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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2 0 | 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 A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 TABLE OF CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS 18 EDITOR'S NOTE 22 BANDWIDTH HAWK 66 MARKETPLACE ADS 68 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 24 Boring Isn't Bad / By Bryan J. Rader, UpStream Network Independent providers should understand and solve owners' problems. MULTIFAMILY BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY 26 The Future of Connected MDUs Starts Today / By Alistair Chatwin, Multifamily Broadband Council Smart properties satisfy residents, reduce expenses and increase revenues. They require robust networks. CONNECTIVITY MATTERS 28 Broadband Strategy and Doughnuts / By Trevor Jones, OTELCO When you can't fund a communitywide network, start with today's best-served areas. RURAL BROADBAND 34 New Funding for Rural Broadband / By Drew Clark, The passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act and the opening of a funding window for the ReConnect program will help narrow the rural digital divide. 36 Buy Local (Including Broadband) / By Eric Ogle, Magellan Advisors Providing broadband locally – with help from electric utilities – can help anchor rural economies. 40 Building a Community Vision / By Michael Curri, Strategic Networks Group A clear, aspirational vision of the future opens a path to serving all community members with broadband. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 42 Social Return Accounting / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Researchers at an Australian university propose a new way to measure the social benefits of broadband. INDUSTRY LEADERS 46 Q&A With Lisa Youngers, President and CEO, Fiber Broadband Association: Advocating for Fiber Broadband Why every 5G discussion turns to fiber infrastructure: The new head of the Fiber Broadband Association shares her vision of the industry. BROADBAND APPLICATIONS 48 Smart Planning for Smart Cities / By Kathleen McMahon, Applied Communications American Planning Association research identifies best practices in this emerging field. TECHNOLOGY 50 Value Engineering Adds Efficiencies For Huntsville Utilities / By Sean Buckley, Broadband Communities How Huntsville Utilities used value engineering to control fiber network construction costs and hone its plan. 54 Technology Strategies for Municipal Fiber Broadband / By Ravi Hichkad, ADTRAN Building next-generation gigabit architecture and outstanding subscriber experience into new networks is a sound investment. 58 Mapping as a Strategic Tool / By Will Mitchell, VETRO FiberMap Kit Carson Electric Cooperative used VETRO FiberMap to reduce troubleshooting time and meet demand for new connections. 62 Q&A With Jeremiah Sloan, Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation: Arkansas Co-op Builds Fiber Fast / By Sam Pratt, Render Networks Using a digital network construction solution helped CECC deploy a fiber network ahead of schedule and under budget. FEATURES New York artist Irving Grunbaum celebrates the new year. ABOUT THE COVER COVER STORY: PREDICTIONS FOR 2019 30 Looking Ahead: Broadband in 2019 / By Sean Buckley, Broadband Communities Fiber, cable and wireless providers, along with electric cooperatives, have big plans for broadband in 2019.

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