Broadband Communities

JUL 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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2 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | JULY 2014 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 © 2014 Broadband Properties LLC. All rights reserved. CEO & ED I TO R IAL D I R EC TO R Scott DeGarmo / PU B LISH ER Nancy McCain / CO R P O R AT E E D I T O R , B B P L LC Steven S. Ross / E D I T O R Masha Zager / ADV ER T ISI N G SALE S A CCO U N T E X E C U T I V E Irene Prescott / O N L I N E N E W S E D I T O R Marianne Cotter / D E SI G N & PR O D U C T I O N Karry Thomas CO N T R I B U T O R S Joe Bousquin David Daugherty, Korcett Holdings Inc. Joan Engebretson Richard Holtz, InfiniSys W. James MacNaughton, Esq. Henry Pye, RealPage Bryan Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC Robert L. Vogelsang, Broadband Communities Magazine B R OA D BA N D P R O P E R T I E S L LC CEO Scott DeGarmo V I CE PR E SI D EN T, B USI N E SS & O PER AT I O N S Nancy McCain CHAI R M AN O F T H E B OAR D Robert L. Vogelsang V I CE CHAI R M EN The Hon. Hilda Gay Legg Kyle Hollifield B USI N E SS & ED I TO R IAL O FFI CE B R OAD BAN D PR O PER T I E S LLC 19 0 9 Ave nu e G • R o s e n b e r g , Tx 77471 281. 3 42 .9 655 • Fa x 281. 3 42 .1158 w w w. b r o a d b a n d co m m u n i t i e s . co m "C ommunities are no longer asking 'if ' fber but rather 'when,'" comments Cheryl Beranek, CEO of Clearfeld, a FTTH Top 100 company. (See the FTTH Top 100 feature beginning on p. 26.) Because community leaders are now collaborating with vendors and service providers to make fber networks achievable, Beranek says, the result is a "win-win-win situation." What makes it win-win-win? Innovative vendors such as Clearfeld (and the many others whose names appear on the list) can sell more products, of course. Service providers can achieve both lower operating and maintenance expenses and higher revenues. Communities and their residents beneft most because, according to Mike Boehne, CEO of Finley Engineering – another FTTH Top 100 company – "fber connections … improve [users'] quality of life and economic opportunities through education, information, health care and career connections not otherwise available." Residents beneft in other ways, too. FTTH connections increase property values – a fnding that researcher Michael Render of RVA confrmed again this year in regard to residents of multifamily housing, in a survey commissioned by BroadBand C ommunities. (See the article on p. 74.) Te same survey showed that residents were far more satisfed with FTTH connections than with other types of broadband. BROADBAND AND COMMUNITIES Communities – considered as corporate entities, not just collections of individuals – beneft from FTTH by becoming more vibrant and attractive places to live. Te Broadband Communities/RVA survey showed that subscribers to FTTH were happier with their housing and less likely to move away than users of other types of broadband. Leaders of FTTH Top 100 organizations tend to agree: "An FTTH network … makes local economies sustainable over the long haul." (Irv Tomae, Chair, ECFiber) "Fiber connectivity will enhance the attractiveness of schools, libraries and medical facilities in terms of economic growth and vitality." (Joel Mulder, Senior Director, Business Development, G4S Technology) "Optical fber and gigabit infrastructure … will help future-proof cities and help transform them into hubs for future investment and economic growth." (Suzy Hays, Senior Vice President, Consumer Markets, C Spire) "Next-generation applications [that run on advanced networks] will be key economic development drivers of the 21st century." (Bill Wallace, Executive Director, US Ignite) How does fber to the home produce benefts for individuals and communities? It doesn't happen magically. Sometimes it doesn't happen at all. At our Broadband and Economic Development conference in Springfeld, Mass., September 17–18, we'll explore what communities and network operators are doing to make the promise of fber come true. We hope to see you there! v A Win-Win-Win Situation Counting the benefts of fber to the home

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