Value Engineering Adds Efficiencies For Huntsville Utilities

As electric utilities consider fiber network plays, well-thought-out designs will be key to their success. Here’s how Huntsville Utilities used value engineering to control fiber network construction costs and hone its plan.

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Q&A With Jeremiah Sloan, Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation: Arkansas Co-op Builds Fiber Fast

Using a digital network construction solution helped CECC deploy a fiber network 55 percent faster than expected and 12 percent under budget.

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Mapping as a Strategic Tool

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative used VETRO FiberMap to reduce troubleshooting time and meet demand for new fiber broadband service.

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Broadband Strategy and Doughnuts

When you can’t fund a communitywide network, your best strategy may be funding today’s best-served areas.

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Building a Community Vision

The technology challenge for a rural community is closing the gap between the digital infrastructure that is profitable for commercial providers but serves only part of the community and the infrastructure necessary to serve all community members. Local leaders, driven by a clear, aspirational vision of their community’s future, can proactively address this gap.

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Buy Local (Including Broadband)

Providing broadband locally – with help from electric utilities – can be a good way to anchor rural economies.

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Editor's Note: Broadband Is Bipartisan

In communities throughout the United States, people of all political persuasions know their economic vitality and quality of life depend on access to robust broadband.

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Working With What’s There

To deliver broadband cost-effectively, a community’s best option may be to partner with the incumbent telephone company.

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Q&A With Frank Latini, Gainesville Regional Utilities: Wholesale Strategy Succeeds for GRU

GATOR NET is a winning brand in the Gainesville, Florida, market, where University of Florida students love their symmetrical gigabit service.

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A New Lease on the Good Life

Evolving from apartment nicety to marketing necessity, broadband is king in Chattanooga’s fast-growing MDU market.

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Editor's Note: Communities Must Have a Voice

To ensure their economic survival, communities must be active participants in broadband planning.

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Benefits and Challenges Of Regional Broadband

For rural communities struggling to connect to the internet, working together at any point in the process can yield benefits. 

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Ontario Is Investing For the 21st Century

Ontario, California, a fast-growing city in the Inland Empire, leverages its growth with an ambitious fiber-to-the-home network.

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3-GIS Helps Enable Huntsville Build

Huntsville Utilities supplies electricity, gas, water and dark fiber, which it leases to Google Fiber for a gigabit FTTH network. Here’s how it uses software to track its fiber assets.

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News From Fiber Connect

The Fiber Broadband Association’s annual conference, held in Nashville in June, offered many fiber community success stories.

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Conduit Infrastructure Provides Base for Smart Grid And Broadband Access

The municipal utility in Estes Park, Colorado, solved a difficult fiber deployment challenge by using aerial conduit with multiple pathways for its smart grid. Now, if the town decides to build an FTTH network, the conduit is ready and waiting.

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Leveraging an ISP’s Experience For Community Broadband

Many community fiber networks now outsource service provision. Here are some guidelines for making such a relationship a success.

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Connecting Underground In a City That Never Sleeps

Thanks to an innovative public-private partnership, New York City subway passengers finally have cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity in the stations.

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What Is the ‘Ammon Model’?

Ammon, Idaho, is treating fiber network infrastructure as a utility – to the benefit of residents, providers and the municipality itself. Is this small town demonstrating the future of broadband?

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Putting the Gigs to Work

Highlights of the 2018 Broadband Communities Summit held in May in Austin, Texas

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Editor's Note: An Issue for All Seasons

The Broadband Communities Summit brings together participants in the multifamily, rural, economic development, technology and policy worlds. This issue of the magazine has something for all of them.

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Whip City Fiber Delivers Gigabit Service

A 118-year-old utility in a 349-year-old city is bringing the most up-to-date technology to its citizens and neighboring Western Massachusetts towns.

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Lincoln Steps Into the Future

Even if a community can’t build its own network, it can take steps to get great broadband for its citizens.

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A Busy Year Ahead for Broadband

There’s much to look forward to – more fiber to the home, more deep fiber, more wireless, smarter homes and buildings.

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Dark Fiber Versus Lit Fiber

San Francisco is considering two options for a citywide open-access network. Both are good, but one option offers significant advantages.

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Editor's Note: Community Broadband Is a Local Choice

Citizens and local elected officials should be able to control their communities’ broadband destinies.

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Topics in Community Broadband

Q&A with Cheri Beranek, CEO of Clearfield Clearfield’s fiber management equipment is used in many community broadband networks, and the company is known for working closely with small deployers ...
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Slow and Steady Wins the Fiber Race

Three communities find success in incremental fiber network builds.

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Huntsville Becomes a Gig City

Huntsville Utilities in Alabama is pioneering a new model for community broadband.
So far, all the signs look good.

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Why Municipal Networks Should Be Disruptive

The traditional telecom model is not working. For a locality to succeed with a municipal broadband alternative, it can’t just duplicate the incumbent model.

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Feasibility Studies for Municipal Broadband

What communities should do during the planning phase of a broadband project – and what they can save for later

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A Record Increase In Municipal Fiber Broadband

Broadband 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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Engaging the Community

Generating community support for a broadband project is critical for its success.

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Editor's Note: Three Paths To Broadband Success

Three award winners illustrate different approaches to connecting the unconnected.

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Fiber Mapping Supports Network Growth

How should a small, agile fiber overbuilder decide where to expand next?

 

 

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Choosing the Right Ownership Model

Communities should look at all options for improving their broadband access.

 

 

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A View From the Summit

At the 2017 Broadband Communities Summit, held in Dallas in May, fiber deployers shared their experiences and vendors displayed their new technology.

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Breaking Telecom Monopolies

In many rural areas, traditional operators have failed to invest in telecommunications infrastructure. Strategic investments by property owners, groups of owners, local associations and local governments can jump-start competition.

 

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A Local Ownership Approach to Broadband

How to pay for the last mile, sustainably and at low risk

 

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Fiber in Kent County

A partnership among a county government, a regional dark fiber network and a retail service provider is a win-win-win deal. The biggest winners are the county residents making a quantum leap from dial-up to FTTH.

 

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No Municipal Utility? No Problem

Until recently, most municipal fiber networks were built by existing municipal utilities. Experience with outside plant, billing and customer service gave them a head start toward providing broadband. But today, cities without utility departments are forging new paths to build and operate broadband networks.

 

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Cost Reduction Financing For FTTH Networks

Communities can finance fiber-to-the-home networks by applying the cost reductions that the networks make possible.

 

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Financial Modeling For Big Fiber Builds

Broadband Communities’ latest modeling tool enables easy calculation of costs and benefits for network builds that use multiple technologies or will be completed in multiple phases.

 

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Building Support For Community Broadband

Following are highlights from the 2016 Broadband Communities conference on broadband and economic development, held in Minneapolis in October. These excerpts are from sessions about gaining support from state legislators and the impacts of local fiber networks.

 

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Broadband Forecasts for 2017

What’s ahead for the broadband industry in 2017? Growth – and preparation for more growth.

 

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LS Networks Launches Connected Communities Project

A middle-mile network provider in Oregon has a new mission: creating 25 rural gigabit communities.

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