Broadband Communities

AUG-SEP 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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4 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS COVER STORY – ANNUAL UPDATE: COMMUNITY FIBER NETWORKS DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 58 MARKETPLACE ADS 59 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE 10 Number of Community FTTP Networks Reaches 143 / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities The latest census of municipal and public-private networks shows communities launching, expanding and occasionally selling fiber networks. COMMUNITY BROADBAND 24 The Art of the Possible / By Ben Lennett and Patrick Lucey, New America Foundation Open Technology Institute and Joanne Hovis and Andrew Afflerbach, CTC Technology & Energy How communities considering building broadband networks can balance their requirements for control, risk minimization and reward. 30 Worst Practices in Community Broadband – Part Two / By Andrew M. Cohill, Design Nine What not to do if you want your community network to succeed. (Hint: Don't make the mistake of thinking it isn't a business.) 33 Creative Financing for Fiber Networks / By Doug Dawson, CCG Consulting Conventional sources of financing are largely unsuitable for public networks – but some communities are starting to think outside the box. 34 Five Models For Community Broadband / By Christopher Mitchell and Lisa Gonzalez, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Five Minnesota communities take very different paths to improve broadband for government facilities, residents and businesses. 40 Lessons From Fiber Communities / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Five more communities from around the country meet the challenges of getting better broadband. FTTH CONFERENCE COVERAGE 48 FTTH Conference & Expo: Hardware, Software, Gigabit Business Cases / By Steven S. Ross, Broadband Communities Optimism, innovation and gigabits were the themes of this year's FTTH Conference in Fort Lauderdale. BROADBAND POLICY 54 City Planners Need Broadband Education / By Kathleen McMahon, Applied Communications Planners can help communities integrate broadband into comprehensive infrastructure plans – but they need to understand broadband better. FEATURES Visit for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments New York artist Irving Grunbaum envisions the connected community. ABOUT THE COVER 40 PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 8 Moneyball for PCOs / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC Service provider selection is becoming a high-stakes game.. THE LAST PAGE 60 Bridging the Digital Divide / By Michael Liimatta, Connecting for Good Learning to use the Internet opened up new possibilities for three women left behind by the digital world. 48

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