Broadband Communities

NOV-DEC 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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16 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS COVER STORY – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS 14 EDITOR'S NOTE 18 BANDWIDTH HAWK 106 MARKETPLACE ADS 107 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE 92 Bad Broadband Equals Low Population Growth / By Steven S. Ross, Broadband Communities An original BroadBand Communities study based on National Broadband Map and census data shows a 10-fold difference in population growth rates between broadband haves and have-nots. FTTH DEPLOYMENTS 22 Q&A With Stephen Lane, InteliPort An ISP in North Carolina is building out fiber to the home using backhaul from a BTOP- funded middle-mile network. 26 Bolt Lights a Spark in Oklahoma / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities A rural electric co-op in Northeast Oklahoma gets ready to launch gigabit services. 2015 BUYERS GUIDE 30 Buying for Ultra-Broadband Builds and Services Where to buy equipment, software and services for delivering voice, video and data. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 71 The Responsive City: Chicago / By Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford, Harvard University How broadband apps enable Chicago to improve city services. 72 Smart Cities and Broadband / By Kathleen McMahon, Applied Communications The smart-city movement can make cities more livable, sustainable and competitive. 76 The Stratford Story / By Robert Bell, John Jung and Louis Zacharilla, Intelligent Community Forum Strategic use of broadband helps a small city in Ontario, Canada, punch above its weight in the national economy. 82 The Challenge of Mass Innovation / By Frank Odasz, Lone Eagle Consulting Grass-roots economic development shouldn't be ignored – and it may not require gigabit bandwidth. 86 Community Fiber Networks Boost Economic Development / A BBC Staff Report Highlights of the Broadband Communities Northeast regional conference. 96 The Killer App for Local Fiber Networks / By Jim Baller, Joanne Hovis and Ashley Stelfox, Coalition for Local Internet Choice, and Masha Zager, Broadband Communities What's the most important use for a fiber network? Most communities would say it's economic development. TECHNOLOGY 104 Nontraditional PON Architectures / By Tom Anderson, CommScope Creative solutions for areas with limited fiber and spread-out neighborhoods. FEATURES Visit for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments Cover artist Irving Grunbaum imagines the intersection of supply, demand and bandwidth. ABOUT THE COVER PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 20 Are You Still Chasing Road Runner? / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC To win the race, private cable operators need more than higher speeds. THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 108 Future-Proof Communities / By Heather Burnett Gold, FT TH Council Americas A next-generation network is a prerequisite for a flourishing community. 2014 FIBER-TO-THE-HOME PRIMER 39 What Fiber Broadband Can Do for Your Community / By the Editors of Broadband Communities This nontechnical publication, newly updated by the editors of BroadBand Communities , is a proven tool for building community support for broadband. 2 3

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