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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OCTOBER 2017 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 43 various design and installation tasks, overseen by TBG Network Services, a subsidiary of e Broadband Group. TBG Network Services leads all aspects of the construction oversight, build metrics and turnover to Google Fiber. Based on her experiences during the first year of the project, Cantrell offers some thoughts for other municipalities to keep in mind: • e quality of GIS data is crucial because that data forms the basis for the design. Clean up the GIS data well before you get started on a fiber project. • Be prepared for the incumbents to jump into action as soon as a municipal project is announced, and don't be surprised if they get started faster than you can. Make sure you have well-defined processes and enough personnel to handle the locates, pole attachments and other events that create work for your utility. Sometimes there's no way to escape doing the same work twice – for example, if you move facilities on a pole to make room for two new attachers and a third one puts in a request a month later, you may have to replace the pole and waste the first make-ready. • Encourage the locating team to develop good relationships with contractors so contractors will call the team to answer any questions. Some utility lines will inevitably be cut, but good working relationships can minimize these problems. • Continual field inspection is necessary to train contractors about building to standards. Don't wait until the job is complete and then hand them a long list of problems to fix. Having inspectors in the field also helps validate invoices and construction progress, and inspectors can interact with homeowners to make sure any damages are noted and repaired. From his perspective as project adviser and overseer, Reiman offers an optimistic assessment of the Huntsville model and its future: "e Huntsville or utility lease model completely changes the metrics of competitive broadband investments. Unlinking terrestrial infrastructure funding from the delivery of world-class, high-speed internet access addresses the challenges that have failed so many important initiatives. Investing in more 'single industry use' fiber is perhaps not solving the universal access objectives of municipal broadband. We believe this model is both replicable and relevant in many future markets." v Masha Zager is the editor of Broad B and Communities . You can reach her at

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