Broadband Communities

OCT 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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4 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | OCTOBER 2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS Visit for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments MDU construction is going up, up, up, and so is bandwidth demand. ABOUT THE COVER Top 100 MDU Technology Providers for 2015 Pathways To Gigabit Communities October 2015 • Vol. 36 • No. 6 Top 100 — 2015 — M D U T e c h n o l o g y P r o v i d e r s COVER STORY DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 66 MARKETPLACE ADS 67 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE 26 The 2015 Top 100 MDU Technology Providers / A BBC Staff Report One hundred companies that play key roles in creating technology amenities for multiple-dwelling-unit properties … and a dozen more companies to watch. FTTH DEPLOYMENTS 14 Twin Valley Launches Pulse Internet / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities After a small, family-owned telco wins an award for creating a "smart rural community," what's next? Gigabit service, of course. 18 Gigabit Service in Small Rural Towns / By Joe Ross and Jessica Steeley, Communications & Research Inc. Business and community leaders in small-town Michigan offer insights into the challenges and opportunities of becoming gigabit communities. MDU TECHNOLOGY 22 Easing Construction Disruption / By Allen Powell, S&N Communications Property owners and managers often fear that FTTH construction will bring howls from inconvenienced residents. However, following best practices can minimize disruption. 56 Fast, Affordable Gigabit for MDUs / By Boris Maysel, Siklu Communication A combination of fiber and fiber- like wireless can provide gigabit speeds to residents quickly and at a reasonable cost. BROADBAND APPS 60 Education Drives Demand for Fiber / By Rollie Cole, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research Technology is transforming education, and "homework gap" households without good Internet access will lose educational opportunities. FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 8 Success for the MDU Industry / By Bryan J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC Why new technologies can spark growth for multifamily providers. PROPERTY OF THE MONTH 10 Fiber to the Unit: Deer Ridge Apartments, Jamestown, N.D. / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities With help from Dakota Central Telecom, Deer Ridge Apartments became one of the first fiber-to-the-unit deployments in the Upper Midwest. THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 68 Seizing the Broadband Opportunity / By Heather Burnett Gold, FT TH Council Americas The Broadband Opportunity Council can help communities obtain fiber. — 2015 — M D U T e c h n o l o g y P r o v i d e r s 14

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