Broadband Communities

JUL 2016

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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38 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | JULY 2016 FIBER-TO-THE-HOME TOP 100 LIST Networks, which has 120 employees, is a subsidiary of the privately held Biarri Group, a collection of companies that provide optimization technologies and web-based applications to businesses in a variety of industries. Black & Veatch 913-458-2000 Key Products: Consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management services Summary: Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch is a global engineering, consulting and construction company that specializes in telecommunications, energy, water and government services. An employee-owned company, Black & Veatch has approximately 10,000 professionals working in more than 110 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries. Services include engineering, procurement, construction, design, management consulting, asset management, environmental consulting and security. Black & Veatch has deployed more than 30,000 miles of fiber for commercial carriers, cities and utilities and was recently selected by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as part of a consortium that will build a statewide fiber backbone. Revenue in 2015 was $3 billion. Blandin Foundation 877-882-2257 Key Products: Grant making, community leadership development and public policy programs Summary: Since 1941, the Blandin Foundation, a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has been dedicated to strengthening rural Minnesota communities. Its Broadband Initiative, launched in 2003, helps communities educate citizens about the need for ultra-high-speed broadband and plan and execute broadband projects. e foundation has published informational guides, sponsored conferences and educational events, and supported many feasibility studies for the development of robust, high-speed broadband networks. It has supported implementation of broadband applications in schools, health care facilities and other institutions and for home-based users and has promoted broadband adoption in rural communities. In March 2016, Blandin Foundation trustees approved 91 grants totaling $2.8 million to support rural Minnesota communities as they grow high-speed internet access and use in their communities. C Spire / C Spire Fiber 855-277-4734 Key Products: Voice, video and internet access delivered over a fiber-to-the-home network Summary: C Spire is aggressively building a 1 Gbps, ultra- high-speed network in Mississippi to attract investment and economic growth and pave the way for improvements in health care, education, civic life and municipal services. Using a crowdsourcing model similar to Google Fiber, the company began preregistration in December 2013 and started offering services in multiple cities in fall 2014. Recently, Madison County, Mississippi, signed a franchise agreement to bring C Spire Fiber to residents in some of its unincorporated areas. C Spire's FTTH deployment in Mississippi is supported by its existing fiber optic infrastructure, which was built to support the company's LTE network and business services and includes more than 5,500 miles of fiber cable. C Spire recently introduced ultra-fast Wi-Fi internet service inside an 11,000-square-foot concourse area of e Pavilion at Ole Miss (University of Mississippi, Oxford). In May, C Spire entered the 2016 hurricane season with two multimillion-dollar, hurricane-ready "super switches" that provide protection and service for customers in hurricane-prone areas. C Spire, which operates 67 company-owned retail locations and another 10 select retailer locations throughout its four-state footprint, opened a $23 million, Tier 3-plus commercial data center in October 2014. Based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, C Spire is privately owned and employs 1,425 people. "All-fiber networks deliver the highest return on investment for the communities they serve." – Cheri Beranek, President and CEO, Clearfield

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