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AUG-SEP 2013

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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PRESIDENT'S LETTER The People Who Connected America Ideas and innovations that were once considered visionary seem self-evident in retrospect. A century from now, people will ask, "Why was there any question about fber?" A t the FTTH 2013 Conference in Tampa this September, everyone involved in the fber-to-the-home industry has an opportunity to share, celebrate and promote the exciting technical and social innovations the industry continues to advance. Looking at the leading-edge technologies and the new fber-enabled applications that are changing the ways people work, communicate and are entertained, I am reminded of the popular TV miniseries "Te Men Who Built America." I often rewatch episodes of this History Channel docudrama and am fascinated by the stories of groundbreakers who laid the foundation for the U.S.'s early and longstanding global economic leadership. What I fnd most intriguing is that ideas and innovations once considered visionary seem self-evident in retrospect. In chronicling the life and business ventures of Andrew Carnegie, the commentary praised the industrialist's bold vision and focused pursuit of the idea that steel would serve as the foundation for development and growth. At the time, Carnegie essentially bet on the emergent steel industry. Today, his decision to invest in and work to expand the industry and to promote steel over other structural alternatives seems far from ingenious; it simply seems obvious. ThE FOUNDATION OF ThE DIgITAl WORlD In the future, I believe, fber to the premises will be viewed as the obvious bet, as it most likely will be the foundation that drives growth in local, national and global economies. Steel was the basis for the transcontinental railroad that enabled the transfer of goods and services in an industrial economy, and fber is the foundation for the transfer of goods and services in an emerging digital world. However, as obvious as fber's signifcance may seem one day in the future, developments and innovative ideas in any industry don't just happen. Tey are the culmination of new thinking, tireless eforts, campaigns and promotion of the vital importance of the new idea – in this case, advanced, fber-based broadband connectivity. Te fber-to-the-home industry, while still developing, has come a long way. Tat's a testament to the bold vision and clear leadership that industry groundbreakers provide, from brilliant technical minds such as Jim Farmer to wise policy leaders such as Blair Levin and the industry's leading champion today, FTTH Council President Heather Burnett Gold. I sincerely believe FTTH is the most exciting industry in today's economy as it defnes the foundation for the advancement of a digital world. From supporting intriguing consumer developments such as 4K TV to strengthening local 4 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com economies, the FTTH industry is at the center of true innovation. Fiber networks will continue to unlock possibilities for creativity and growth. For those who make the trip to Tampa, I hope we have the opportunity to meet. Please stop by the BroadBand Communities booth to say hello and meet the team. For those who are not able to attend this year's FTTH Conference, I hope you will join us in Chicago at the BroadBand Communities Regional Economic Development Conference (November 5–7), which will defne and detail the connection between fber networks and economic development in the Midwest. As summer comes to an end and the busy fall season begins, be sure to stay connected through BroadBand Communities print and digital editorial. We continue to seek new ways to keep you informed about the latest industry news, innovations and trends as together we make history. Rather than "Te Men Who Built America," perhaps we will be defned someday as the men and women who connected America. v | August/september 2013 Jefrey M. Reiman jef@bbcmag.com

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