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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14 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014 COMMUNITY BROADBAND models continue to be developed all the time. VENDORS AND TECHNOLOGIES Because of open-access requirements and the importance of business customers, active Ethernet networks are slightly more prevalent among municipalities than among private network builders. (Supporting open access is easier on point-to-point than on PON systems – or at least it was until recently.) At least one-third of municipal deployers use active Ethernet technology. Several electronics vendors have sizable shares of this market, with no single vendor taking a leading position. Alcatel-Lucent, Calix, Aurora (which acquired the Wave7/Enablence portfolio) and Ciena each have several deployments and at least one sizable system, and a number of other vendors have also had signifcant customer wins. GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION Laws that govern municipalities' ability to compete as telecommunications providers vary from state to state. Some states give municipalities a free hand, and others do not. Municipal electric utilities are more common in some areas than others, and some regions are better served by private providers than others are. Given all these factors, the chances for municipal broadband are wildly uneven in diferent parts of the United States. Tis census identifed community fber systems in only 37 of the 50 states and in American Samoa. Seven states account for a large number of deployments: Washington (13), Kentucky (11), Minnesota (10), Tennessee (8), Iowa (8), Illinois (7) and Florida (7). TRIPLE PLAY AND BEYOND Tough some municipalities ofer only Internet access over their fber networks, most whose planned or actual services we could determine ofer the triple play of voice, video and data. Specialized business services are common, as are smart-grid applications. Broadband stimulus funding and encouragement from the Tennessee Valley Authority have made smart-grid applications more prevalent in the last few years, and these applications are likely to become still more important in the future. A few open-access networks are actively recruiting many diferent kinds of services. For example, on the St. Joe Valley Metronet, 30 providers deliver 20 diferent types of services, including such oferings as conferencing, disaster recovery and video surveillance. Enabling a wide variety of broadband services could become a way to make more community networks fnancially viable. v Masha Zager is the editor of BroadBand C ommunities. You can reach her at NETWORK DEPLOYER COMMUNIT Y(IES) STATE(S) PUBLIC- PRIVATE OR MUNI DATE PROJECT STARTED VENDORS (FTTH Electronics) TECHNOLOGY SERVICES MARKETS SERVED BY FIBER (all premises unless otherwise noted) SERVICE PROVIDER (if other than network owner) OPERATOR (if other than network owner) AccessEagan Eagan MN MUNI 2013 Active Ethernet Business Services, Data Businesses only Multiple Algona Municipal Utilities Algona IA MUNI 2013 ADTRAN Active Ethernet, GPON Data, Video, Voice American Samoa Telecom American Samoa MUNI 2008 Calix GPON Data, Video, Voice Anderson Municipal Light and Power Anderson IN MUNI 2009 Active Ethernet Data Businesses only Multiple Ashland Fiber Network Ashland OR MUNI 2000 Data, Video, Voice Mainly businesses Multiple (also sells services directly) Auburn Essential Services Auburn IN MUNI 2006 Enablence EPON Data, Smart Grid, Voice Fiber networks operated by muncipal electric utilities often implement smart-grid applications along with the triple play of data, video and voice.

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