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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2 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | JULY 2016 EDITOR'S NOTE Broadband Communities (ISSN 0745-8711) (USPS 679-050) (Publication Mail Agreement #1271091) is published 7 times a year at a rate of $24 per year by Broadband Properties LLC, 1909 Avenue G, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Periodical postage paid at Rosenberg, TX, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Broadband Communities, PO Box 303, Congers, NY 10920-9852. CANADA POST: Publications Mail Agreement #40612608. Canada Returns to be sent to Bleuchip International, PO Box 25542, London, ON N6C 6B2. Copyright © 2016 Broadband Properties LLC. All rights reserved. CEO Barbara DeGarmo / PUBLISHER Nancy McCain / E D I TO R - I N - C H I E F Masha Zager / E D I TO R -AT- L A R G E Steven S. Ross / ADV ER T ISING SALES ACCO U N T E X E C U T I V E Irene Prescott / E V E N T S CO O R D I N ATO R Dennise Argil / CO M M U N I T Y N E W S E D I TO R Marianne Cotter / DESIGN & PRODUC T I ON Karry Thomas CO N T R I B U TO R S David Daugherty, Korcett Holdings Inc. Heather Burnett Gold, FTTH Council, NA Joanne Hovis, CTC Technology & Energy Michael A. Kashmer, Digital Broadband Programming Consultant W. James MacNaughton, Esq. Christopher Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Henry Pye, RealPage, Inc. Bryan Rader, Bandwidth Consulting, LLC Craig Settles, Gigabit Nation Robert L. Vogelsang, Broadband Communities Magazine B ROAD BAN D PRO PE R TI E S LLC CEO Barbara DeGarmo V ICE PR ESIDEN T, BUSINESS & OPER AT I ONS Nancy McCain CHAIR MAN OF T HE BOAR D Robert L. Vogelsang V ICE CHAIR MAN The Hon. Hilda Gay Legg BUSINESS & EDI TOR IAL OFFICE BROADBAND PROPER T IES LLC 19 09 Avenue G • Rosenb erg, T X 77471 281. 342.9 655 • Fa x 281. 342.1158 w w w. bro adb andcommunities .com E very year, as Broad B and C ommunities assembles the Fiber-to-the-Home Top 100 list, we invite executives from the profiled organizations to share their thoughts about the FTTH industry. What challenges does it face? How is it contributing to communities? Where is the industry heading? Every year, we receive many detailed and thoughtful answers to these questions. Some of this year's answers appear alongside the company profiles in our cover story. So is there a consensus? Where is the industry heading? e questions we ask are open- ended, and each respondent interprets them differently. But by distilling the collective wisdom of the crowd, I've been able to extract the essence of FTTH in 2016. See the full quotes and the FTTH Top 100 list on pages 24 through 70. WHAT FTTH LEADERS SAID • e FTTH industry is bright! • ere's quite a stir in the industry. • High-performance fiber and broadband wireless infrastructure are basic infrastructure. • Access to information through broadband is a necessity, not a luxury. • In past cycles, there was typically a single driver. Today, we have a number of applications driving broadband desires. • All-fiber networks deliver the highest return on investment for the communities they serve. • Communities can dramatically transform their ability to create an environment for economic development opportunities. • New entrants with innovative funding solutions have entered the market. • Smaller cities and towns need faster, more reliable Internet too. Maybe even more so. • We have seen a dramatic increase in the interest in rural fiber networks, • Cities of any size can now make gig- speed broadband a reality for their communities. • Congress and future presidential administrations must support and not hinder smaller communications companies if America is to achieve its full competitive potential. • As an industry, our goal is to ensure that every person has the opportunity to receive high-speed broadband services. • e goal is to keep building fiber, anywhere and everywhere. v Collective Wisdom About FTTH FTTH movers and shakers share their insights with Broad B and Communities .

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