The “Game of Gigs” Continues at the 2017 Summit

May 1-4, 2017
Sheraton Downtown
Dallas, Texas

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Why Attend The Summit? | Volume 2017
Join Us for Broadband Summit 2017!

Gigabit deployment is heating up.  For broadband, the recession is long over. For four years, we’ve seen steady growth in new homes passed with fiber, but now the serious fun is heating up. New opportunities, new technologies – and a new administration. Join us and over 1,000 of your colleagues in Dallas.
Want Better Broadband?
Help the FCC Help You

In early April, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appointed members to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. The committee will recommend how to accelerate broadband deployment through model state and city codes, competitive access to infrastructure, and streamlined permitting processes.

At the Cornerstone Awards Luncheon, four members of the new committee will explain what they’re hoping to accomplish and will take your questions and comments about what changes might help – or hurt – broadband efforts in your community. Click here for more information

Hands-on Financial Modeling Using Broadband Communities Free Tools

Two hours can save you a lot more than 15%! Get better at using our free business modeling and cash flow analysis tools. In a free pre-conference workshop, Editor-at-large Steve Ross, the models' author, will take you through the process, concentrating on use of our well-tested tool for determining the return on various broadband investments in a subdivision or multiple dwelling unit environment, and our latest tool for multi-phase, multi-technology, multi-neighborhood community builds. Attendees get a free thumb drive with all our tools and detailed documentation.
Future of Work Expert Could Change Your Life

Gary Bolles
Co-founder, eParachute, Inc.
Gary A. Bolles, who writes and lectures frequently on the future of work and learning, kicks off the 2017 Broadband Communities Summit, with a discussion of "Technology Game Changers: What to Expect and How to Prepare for Living and Working in the Time of Rapid Change." Bolles is a member of the steering committee for the People Centered Internet Coalition and a founding member of the U.S. Broadband Coalition. He has been the editorial director of Yahoo! Internet Life, Inter@ctive Week ("the Internet's newspaper"), and Network Computing as well as the on-screen host of TechTv's "Working the Web." He currently serves as the co-founder of eParachute, Inc., a San Francisco Bay Area-based startup helping job-hunters and career changers, inspired by the best-selling career book of all time, "What Color Is Your Parachute."
New Twist in MDU Open Access for Providers

Carl Kandutsch
Law Office of
Carl E. Kandutsch
There's a shakeup brewing in open access rules. About 20 states allow franchised cable operators the right to access MDU customers over the property owners' objection. San Francisco's newly enacted Police Code Article 52 goes much further. It gives mandatory access rights to broadband service providers, too. It applies to commercial multi-tenant buildings as well as MDUs. It allows the new provider to use existing inside wiring owned by the MDU owner, with compensation. Rumor has it that the San Francisco ordinance will be a template for access reform nationwide, possibly led by Google. Will such initiatives encourage or discourage completion? Come to the Summit and join the debate, moderated by former FCC attorney Carl Kandutsch!
FTTH Connections Have Set All-Time Records.
  • For ultra-broadband, the recession ended long ago; 2013 was a record year, 1.7 million net FTTH customers connected. The next two years came close. The final tally for 2016 broke all records for homes passed and connected.

  • The industry has more than quadrupled in size since 2010, in homes passed (30 million) and connected (almost 15 million).

  • FTTH is the only network technology to have gained video customers since 2013, and that does not fully recognize connections through DOCSIS 3.1’s all-fiber options.
Why Attend the Summit?
You Cannot Afford Not To!

The New Administration
There's lots of talk about what President Trump and the Republican Congress will do. Fulfill promises to industry? To rural areas? Restrict or redefine net neutrality? Override pole attachment restrictions? The Summit is ideally timed to get the best early look possible. And remember this: The Trump Organization is no stranger to broadband. It won our prestigious Cornerstone Award in 2008 as one of the first big fiber deployers in New York City.

Opportunities Have Never Been Greater
Your technology choices, consumer demand and expectations, and business opportunities have never been greater. Cord cutters. Wireless. Copper. Cellular and LTE 5. Cheaper and better fiber deployments, with quicker time to first cash flow. Fiber networks supplemented with super-fast point-to-point wireless links, gigabit copper or gigabit cable.  New technologies have also allowed new network deployers to get into the act. That means new options for property owners, managers, residents, educators, health care, content providers and communities. It means new competition for established carriers - and they are reacting with great new ideas and services, too.

Apartment Broadband
Record numbers of dwelling units in apartment buildings – over half a million a year – have been coming onto the market for the past three years. That matches the pre-recession peak, but without the overheating caused by an excess of single-family homes.  All sectors are surging – student housing, senior living, apartments for millennials.  And it's happening in cities and large towns nationwide. 

Networking Opportunities Are Second To None!
If this will be your first Summit, we guarantee it won't be your last.  We're the nation's leading event for network builders and deployers.  The event is the only annual conference and exposition focused on the successful delivery of broadband, video, voice and other services to multifamily properties and ultra connected communities.

MDUs - Multiple Dwelling Unit Buildings - Are Hot Right Now.
New Ones Are Being Built at Historically High Rates.

Technology costs are down, options are up, interest rates will rise only slightly... 2017 looks like another banner year for broadband around the country. American communications carriers passed more premises than ever with fiber in 2016 - 4.1 million – and 2017 is already off to a great start. All MDU segments are strong – residential, student housing, senior living, hospitality – and our committee has begun assembling an incredible new program to help owners, managers, investors and permitting officials with what they need. We see more consolidation among the giants, but more new entrants as well – and you'll hear from them on what their plans are. There's more willingness to service customers outside formal footprints, more carrier investment in content, more do it yourself! We have new network technologies, new needs for cellular connections – and a new administration. As always, we provide clear, actionable detail in plain English, all the time. And we're unbiased. Join us and over 1,000 of your colleagues in Dallas!

Great Broadband Business Cases for Communities and MDUs
Time To Look At The Numbers Again.

Interest rates will rise only slightly. Technology costs are down, options are up, so 2017 looks like another banner year for broadband. American communications carriers passed more premises than ever before with fiber in 2016 –  4.1 million – and 2017 is already off to a great start. All MDU segments are strong – residential, student housing, senior living, hospitality – and our committee has begun assembling an incredible new program to help owners, managers, investors and permitting officials with what they need. We have new network technologies, new needs for cellular connections, and a new administration. We see more consolidation among the giants, but more new entrants as well. There's more willingness to service customers outside formal footprints. More carrier investment in content. Hear from these providers on what their plans are. Do it yourself! As always, we're unbiased. We provide clear, actionable detail in plain English, all the time. Join us and over 1,000 of your colleagues in Dallas!

NEW technology, NEW regulations, NEW revenue opportunities.
2016 continued to make the gigabit nation a reality. What about 2017?
  • 4.1 million homes were newly passed with fiber in 2016 – the best year ever, 1.4 million more than 2015, and more than triple the low point of 2011.

  • Take rates have continued to rise for FTTH builds, even as deployments have jumped ahead.

  • Exciting new technology has enhanced business cases for fiber. Using interim but cheap copper technologies like, new mm-wave wireless, and versatile DOCSIS 3.1 to supplement fiber where possible can double return on investment and halve the time to initial revenue.

  • Managing WiFi with cloud services as well as by using in-building appliances brings more flexibility to MDU owners and managers seeking returns for broadband.
Find it all in Dallas, May 1-4, 2017!
Opportunities you’ll learn about include:

The Election
Join us, state and federal insiders, and your colleagues in a deep dive on what the Trump Administration is doing to change broadband prospects in rural, urban, and MDU settings. What will higher interest rates expected for 2017 do to deployment economics?

The Aging Population
Seniors crave in-home health care. Assisted-living facilities and nursing homes are pushing to install more fiber. 

Young Families
Families with school-age children are the most likely to demand great internet service. The parents and their employers are also demanding reliable, fast home broadband.

College Students
Even on-campus students often take at least one course a semester on-line. Distance-learners need more and more reliable broadband to handle interactive discussions, demonstrations and videos. Students are also huge consumers of video and sports programming, but many do it without conventional cable TV.

Home-Based Businesses With FTTH
They’ve generated at least $250 billion in extra revenue – above and beyond home businesses with DSL or cable – since 2010.

Cellular Providers
More are dependent on in-building cell antennas and subscribers’ own WiFi routers. Great new technologies have been changing the game.

How do network providers make sure their systems can’t be hijacked by a hacked coffeepot? What does it cost? Who pays? What are the standards?

Learn the latest in our fast-paced industry, and network with your peers at the speed of light.

The last two years saw more technological, corporate and regulatory change than any in recent history, and 2017 is shaping up to be even more disruptive. Only the Broadband Communities Summit brings real estate and communications together so intimately.

Despite the uncertainties, the past three years have seen huge deployment growth. That growth has now led to a market big enough for content-creators to take good advantage of both upward-bound bandwidth and gigabit downloads. Result: Despite cord-cutting, revenue – and more importantly, profit – per customer is up, up, up.

Consider these hard facts:

  • One premise in every four in the United States is now passed by fiber.

  • The door is wide open for extra-profitable greenfield broadband deployments, especially in multiple-dwelling unit construction. MDUs have been half of all new housing starts for years, and a minimum of 500,000 units are expected for 2017. That’s higher than the pre-recession peak!

  • MDU construction is not a flash in the pan – the country has been building at least 500,000 MDU residences a year since 2013.