Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2015

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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36 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 FTTH DEPLOYMENT Q&A With Ralph Cunha and Dennis Johnson, Endeavor Communications Small-Town Telco Thinks Big A small telephone cooperative in Indiana provides a range of innovative services to its members. C lay County Rural Telephone Cooperative Inc., doing business as Endeavor Communications, serves about 9,000 members in 500-plus square miles of south-central Indiana. Te cooperative, formed in 1950, comprises nine local exchanges that were started independently around the turn of the 20th century. But Endeavor, though a small company that serves small towns and rural areas, thinks very big – that's why most of its members have access to better and more varied telecom services than their urban neighbors. Recently, BroadBand Communities had the opportunity to speak with Ralph Cunha, Endeavor's president and chief executive ofcer, and Dennis Johnson, its director of network operations. Following are highlights of that conversation. BroadBand Communities : Why did you decide to build fber to the home in your service area? Ralph Cunha: In the early 2000s, we began exploring how we could upgrade our long copper loops. By 2004, when we were ready to start, new technology had become available, and we decided to make the investment in fber to the home. Te board made the decision that, no matter where members were living, they would get fber to the home. So we started in one exchange, and by this time next year, we will have overbuilt everything. Learn more about new services for FTTH networks at the BroadBand Communities summit, April 14–16. Ralph Cunha, Endeavor CEO and president

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