Broadband Communities

JUL 2017

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 | | JULY 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS Visit www.bbcmag. com for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments BROADBAND APPLICATIONS 14 Education Initiatives Drive Fiber Demand / By Rollie Cole, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research Speakers and exhibitors at the 2017 SXSWedu conference – junior sibling of Austin's giant SXSW – showed why students' demand for bandwidth will continue to rise. DIGITAL INCLUSION 16 Connecting the Unconnected / By Lev Gonick, DigitalC A dedicated, high-speed broadband network to connect the unconnected is a game changer for Cleveland. MDU STRATEGIES 20 Property Owners Can Be Internet Providers / By Jim Sauter, NovaONE Networks A new model for multifamily broadband is gaining traction: Owners are investing in fiber connectivity and offering high-quality bulk internet service to residents. CONFERENCE COVERAGE 80 Visions of the Network of the Future in Orlando / By Steven S. Ross, Broadband Communities The Fiber Broadband Association – formerly the FTTH Council – broadened its technology base, but its conference emphasized fiber to the home as the ultimate goal. TECHNOLOGY 84 VoIP Services Boost Broadband Revenues / By Kevin Mitchell, Alianza A cloud-based VoIP offering allows broadband providers to tap into the large residential and SMB voice markets without incurring capital expenses. New York artist Irving Grunbaum celebrates the FTTH Top 100. ABOUT THE COVER DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 88 MARKETPLACE ADS 90 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 8 Creating a New Brand / By Bryan J. Rader, UpStream Network Launching a new brand is a good way to notify the world that you've solved some problems. MULTIFAMILY BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY 10 The FCC Looks At Multifamily Housing / By Valerie M. Sargent, Multifamily Broadband Council Bulk billing is in the crosshairs of the FCC's most recent broadband notice of inquiry. NEW WORLD OF VIDEO 12 Consumers Seek TV Alternatives / By Michael A. Kashmer, Digital Broadband Programming Consultant Video streaming services are competing more strongly with traditional pay TV. How can cable operators keep their customers? THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 92 Accelerating Broadband Deployment / By Heather Burnett Gold, Fiber Broadband Association The FCC examines what policy changes will help providers upgrade their networks. COVER STORY 24 FTTH Top 100 List / A BBC Staff Report Leaders and innovators in the fiber-to-the- home arena for 2017 20

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