Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 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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EDITOR'S NOTE Broadband Communities (ISSN 0745-8711) (USPS 679-050) (Publication Mail Agreement #1271091) is published 7 times a year at a rate of $24 per year by Broadband Properties LLC, 1909 Avenue G, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Periodical postage paid at Rosenberg, TX, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Broadband Communities, PO Box 303, Congers, NY 10920-9852. CANADA POST: Publications Mail Agreement #40612608. Canada Returns to be sent to Bleuchip International, PO Box 25542, London, ON N6C 6B2. Copyright © 2019 Broadband Properties LLC. All rights reserved. CEO Barbara DeGarmo / barbara@bbcmag.com PUBLISHER Nancy McCain / nancym@bbcmag.com E D I TO R • I N • C H I E F Masha Zager / masha@bbcmag.com E D I TO R •AT• L A R G E Steven S. Ross / steve@bbcmag.com A S S O C I AT E E D I TO R Sean Buckley / sean@bbcmag.com ADV ER T ISING SALES ACCO U N T E X E C U T I V E Irene Prescott / irene@bbcmag.com E V E N T S CO O R D I N ATO R Dennise Argil / dennise@bbcmag.com O N L I N E N E W S E D I TO R Marianne Cotter / marianne@bbcmag.com AR T DIR EC TOR Karry Thomas CO N T R I B U TO R S Rollie Cole, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research David Daugherty, Clarus Broadband Heather Burnett Gold, HBG Strategies Joanne Hovis, CTC Technology & Energy Trevor Jones, OTELCO Michael A. Kashmer, Digital Broadband Programming Consultant W. James MacNaughton, Esq. Christopher Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Bryan Rader, UpStream Network Craig Settles, Gigabit Nation Robert L. Vogelsang, Broadband Communities Magazine B ROAD BAN D PRO PE R TI E S LLC CEO Barbara DeGarmo V ICE PR ESIDEN T, BUSINESS & OPER AT I ONS Nancy McCain CHAIR MAN OF T HE BOAR D Robert L. Vogelsang BUSINESS & EDI TOR IAL OFFICE BROADBAND PROPER T IES LLC 19 09 Avenue G • Rosenb erg, T X 77471 281. 342.9 655 • Fa x 281. 342.1158 w w w. bro adb andcommunities .com masha@bbcmag.com 2 | 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 | M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 9 T his year, there was a subtle shift in tone at the BROADBAND COMMUNITIES Summit, particularly the sessions that dealt with communities on the wrong side of the digital divide. One attendee at the April event commented that "the projects are more 'shovel ready' now and not just concepts." Another told us, "People are more interested in tangible ways to secure funding for their communities." Earlier events – BBC Summits and economic development conferences, Fiber Connect conferences and others – inspired many communities to begin the search for better broadband. Today, not as many people need inspiration. More people need to know how to get from A to B – or, often, from C to D. At the 2019 Summit, I heard attendees ask many questions like these: "How can I make my telehealth service sustainable in the long term?" "We're a small 'ber community. How should we prepare for 5G?" "What gives an electric co-op an advantage as a borrower?" "Can we partner with di–erent local entities when we apply for ReConnect funds in multiple areas?" "How can we take advantage of the Opportunity Zone program?" "What's the best way to 'nance private competitive 'ber builds?" DIGGING IN ™ere were detailed questions about selecting technology, about marketing services, about mitigating risk, about managing partnerships and about using 'ber to market communities. Attendees wanted to dig in and apply the lessons learned by communities a few steps ahead of them on the path to broadband. And there were answers to (almost) every question. It's great to see so many people determined to build broadband networks and to reap their bene'ts. I'd like to think the industry has reached the tipping point that the team in Medina County, Ohio, identi'ed in its Summit presentation. (See p. 20 for a fuller description of that project.) After the tipping point, more 'ber networks will be built because people are thinking deeply about how to make them work and not focusing on why they need them. If you're at Fiber Connect in June, you'll 'nd still more experts willing to share their experiences and insights into the business, operational and engineering issues surrounding 'ber networks. You'll see the latest technology advances that can make the di–erence between "'ber sooner" and "'ber later." And you'll come away with new ideas about how to move your community forward. Y Shovel Ready Communities across the United States have shifted from "Why ber?" to "How?"

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