Broadband Communities

OCT 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 | | OCTOBER 2017 TABLE OF CONTENTS Visit for up-to-the-minute news of broadband trends, technologies and deployments COMMUNITY BROADBAND 32 Slow and Steady Wins The Fiber Race / By H. Trostle, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Three communities take gradual approaches to building fiber. 36 Why Municipal Networks Should Be Disruptive / ByJeff Christensen and Robert Peterson, EntryPoint Emulating the incumbent broadband model isn't enough. 40 Huntsville Becomes A Gig City / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Google Fiber becomes a provider on a municipal network. 44 Topics in Community Broadband / By BBC Staff Q&A with Clearfield's Cheri Beranek; news from Fort Morgan and Leverett 48 Engaging the Community / By Bob Knight, Harrison Edwards How to generate community support for a broadband project 50 Planning for Poles / By Ken Demlow, NewCom Technologies Projects have foundered on pole attachments. Plan carefully! 54 Feasibility Studies for Municipal Broadband / By Lori Sherwood, Vantage Point Solutions What to do in a feasibility study and what to save for later 58 Companies Whose Offerings Support Fiber for the New Economy THE LAW 62 The Connect America Fund Reverse Auction / By Douglas Jarrett, Keller and Heckman LLP Competitive providers will be able to bid for CAF funds in 2018. TECHNOLOGY 68 Clean Up Your Act / By Mike Jones, MicroCare Corp. Clean fiber means faster networks. New York artist Irving Grunbaum celebrates the power of communities working together. ABOUT THE COVER DEPARTMENTS 2 EDITOR'S NOTE 6 BANDWIDTH HAWK 72 MARKETPLACE ADS 75 ADVERTISER INDEX / CALENDAR IN THIS ISSUE FEATURES PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE 8 Blueberries or Broadband, Consumer Shifts Are Real / By Bryan J. Rader, UpStream Network What do consumers really want? MULTIFAMILY BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY 10 Using Resident and Community Data / By Bruce Sanders, Multifamily Broadband Council and Elauwit Analyze data to improve service. NEW WORLD OF VIDEO 12 Disney/ESPN's Risky Streaming Strategy / By Michael A. Kashmer, Consultant Can Disney save ESPN? PROPERTY OF THE MONTH 14 Student Housing, Texas- Size: TAMU Park West, College Station, Texas / By Steven S. Ross, Broadband Communities Aggies get gigabit service. THE GIGABIT HIGHWAY 76 FCC Should Focus On Broadband Experience / By Heather Burnett Gold, Fiber Broadband Association Speed isn't everything. COVER STORY: CENSUS OF MUNICIPAL NETWORKS 18 A Record Increase In Municipal Fiber Broadband / By Masha Zager, Broadband Communities Broad B and Communities' 2017 census of municipal and public-private fiber networks now shows 216 active projects – and many more in preliminary stages.

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