Broadband Communities

NOV-DEC 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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FALL 2017 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | What Fiber Broadband Can Do For Your Community | 3 WELCOME TO THE BROADBAND AGE is is the age of fiber optics. T he information and communications revolution is being brought to you by glass – long, thin, pure strands called optical fibers. So much data zips around the world today in commerce, education, entertainment and personal communication that copper wires and radio waves could carry only a tiny fraction of it. Because fiber optic cable has so much capacity, it has for decades formed the backbone of the internet, cable TV networks, telephone (including cellular) networks, private business networks and even data center networks. Without fiber optic cable, none of these systems would be cost- effective. Most would not work at all. e final step – which is already in progress – is to extend fiber optic cables all the way to homes and businesses and replace the old networks entirely. Worldwide, network operators agree that only fiber to the home, (FTTH, also called fiber to the premises, or FTTP), can meet the exploding demand for bandwidth and deliver next- generation services. e only debates involve the speed of the transition. In this publication, we explain how this evolution is likely to happen and how it affects communities, real estate owners, businesses that use broadband, businesses that supply broadband, and providers of content and services over broadband. Along with the "how," we explain the "why" – why you need fiber and what fast, reliable, affordable broadband means to individuals, businesses and communities. Why Fiber? One new service enabled by fiber networks is telemedicine, which can improve the health care available in smaller communities.

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