Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2014

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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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 33 elements of the community. Likewise, the business and retail tenants need the fexibility to manage communications services according to their respective needs. At the same time, Avalon retains a unique identity and remains a unifed brand. Tat required drafting an access and service agreement that would acknowledge the functional autonomy of each separate community while retaining, for the developer, enough control over the service provider's on-site activities to protect the Avalon brand. Finally, contractual future-proofng involved contingency planning around the possibilities that the primary service provider could fail or that one or more of the Avalon communities might in the future decide that competition among service providers is preferable to being locked into a long-term commitment to a single provider. Tus, the contracts were designed to facilitate the competitive entry of additional service providers following expiration of the initial term by using access licenses rather than long-term easements and by sharing use of crucial infrastructure facilities such as conduit. CONCLUSION As of December 15, 2013, phase 1 of Avalon's 500,000 square feet of retail is 90 percent leased, and the grand opening is scheduled for October 30, 2014. Every resident will have immediate access to a gigabit Internet connection, and each ofce and retail tenant will have access to a connection of 10 Gbps or more, as needed, all at a cost dramatically less than market rate. Avalon provides a clear example of how ambitious, forward-looking real estate developers with a sense of civic responsibility can partner with cutting- edge service providers to create a gigabit community that realizes the great potential inherent in FTTP technology. Although only time will tell, there is every indication that even in today's rapidly evolving tech environment, Avalon will remain on the cutting edge of broadband communities for the foreseeable future. v Carl E. Kandutsch owns and operates the Kandutsch Law Ofce in Plano, Texas, which represents multitenant real estate developers as well as broadband service providers. For further information, please visit, email carl@ or telephone 214-427- 5354. Stephen Mayo is president of Inteleconnect, which designs integrated turnkey telecommunications solutions for campuses, mixed-use developments, communities, service providers and enterprises. Contact him at smayo@ or 734-944-6694. To learn more about Avalon, visit BBC_Jan14.indd 33 1/27/14 1:44 PM

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