Operating Networks in the Age of IoT and 5G

The advent of 5G requires equipping network operators with the visibility they need to identify and manage service and operation issues across entire networks.

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OPTECH Highlights Technologies, Opportunities, Challenges for MDU Owners and Broadband Providers

The National Multifamily Housing Council’s annual conference, OPTECH, held in Dallas in November 2019, showcased how service providers are extending fiber and other technologies into new and existing MDUs to deliver high-speed broadband. The conference also highlighted how wireless technologies – mmWave wireless, Citizens Broadband Radio Service and Wi-Fi – complement MDU wireline connections.

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Overcoming Barriers to Telehealth

A new report from the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee suggests strategies for increasing the use of telehealth.

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Why Is Providing Rural Broadband So Difficult?

Several state-level political strategies can help convince policymakers to provide support to broadband providers that wish to deploy in unserved or underserved areas.

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Measuring Broadband Quality

Everyone agrees the FCC should prioritize the construction of better broadband. What does that mean in practice? Two new studies commissioned by the Fiber Broadband Association help clarify.

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Broadband for America’s Future: A Vision for the 2020s

Key strategies to deploy broadband in the areas that need it most.

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Q&A with Chrystie Walker Brown, Ceo, Walker and Associates: Putting the ‘Value-Add’ Into Value-Added Distribution

The CEO of a leading distributor reflects on the challenges network deployers face – and how distributors can help them meet those challenges.

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Broadband to Make Key Transitions In 2020

Large incumbent telcos, independent telcos, cable operators and electric cooperatives set bold broadband plans for 2020.

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Clarksville Connected Utilities Sees Potential In FTTH, Business Services

Clarksville Connected Utilities enhances its economic development plans with a multipurpose fiber network to satisfy residential, municipal and business needs.

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Watch Out for FTTH Gigabit Deployment Weak Links

There’s more to delivering a gigabit connection than stringing fiber around town.

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There Has Never Been a Better Time To Invest in Multifamily Technology

Residents expect the convenience of on-site seamless connectivity. The right network is key to protection.

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2020 Broadband Market Predictions

Streaming video, managed Wi-Fi, bulk internet, smart-home technology and skinny TV bundles are five hot items that will impact the MDU broadband market in 2020.

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Editor's Note: Welcome to the Roaring ’20s

Broadband Communities authors look forward to the fiber future.

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Bridging the Broadband Availability Gap

At Broadband Communities’ 2019 economic development conference, held in October in Alexandria, Virginia, participants shared stories about how communities are improving broadband access to facilitate economic development, digital literacy and consumer choices. Following are some of the highlights of the conference sessions.

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The Value of Blown Fiber Technology in an FTTH Environment

Blown fiber systems offer numerous advantages over traditional fiber systems, including reduced material and installation costs, fewer fiber connection points, simplified repair and maintenance, and a migration path for future applications.

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Rural Broadband and the Next Generation of American Jobs

Rural broadband providers are leveraging their networks and working closely with educational institutions to provide the training necessary for jobs in industries ranging from health care to technology.

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Let’s Make Internet Access Affordable And Accessible for Everyone

At the Broadband Communities economic development conference in October, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks delivered a powerful call to make internet inequality across the United States a thing of the past. A data-driven review of what has and hasn’t worked over the past 10 years will help determine the path forward, he says.

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Private Investors Take Interest in Open-Access Fiber Networks

As open FTTH networks emerge again in the United States, investors dedicate capital to community networks that will support an array of traditional internet, telehealth and building management services.

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Municipal Fiber in Sweden

In Sweden, municipal broadband is the rule rather than the exception. That changes everything.

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Ocala Fiber Network Finds Its Residential Service Identity

Ocala adds residential internet-only FTTH services to a multipurpose fiber network that will help it become a smart city.

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Planning and Design Strategies for 5G Evolution

Building out a 5G network will require a new set of network standards and operational methods. Operators should establish a set of best practices around planning, cost-to-revenue analysis, and architecture choices.

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Wi-Fi Becomes Sound Backbone for Motion Sensing and Smart-Home Monitoring

Service providers should look to their already deployed Wi-Fi networks to support emerging motion-sensing and smart-home monitoring services.

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Springfield, Missouri, and CenturyLink Expand Fiber Network

In CenturyLink’s first major venture outside its traditional service area, it is leasing fiber from Springfield City Utilities to make Springfield a gigabit city.

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UTOPIA Fiber: A Model Open-Access Network

The largest open-access network in the United States has been a boon to its 11 member cities and is expanding to make broadband accessible even in sparsely populated rural areas.

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Rejuvenating a Building With Wireless and Automation Technology: Los Angeles’ FourFortyFour South Flower

Coretrust Capital Partners is transforming Los Angeles’ FourFortyFour South Flower with new wireless and automation technology. The property owner tapped Connectivity Wireless Solutions to install a distributed antenna system that will improve current 4G and upcoming 5G wireless technologies. Our thanks to Mark Niehus, director of strategic accounts for Connectivity Wireless Solutions, and Thomas Ricci, managing principal for Coretrust Capital Partners, for helping gather information for this profile.

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No One Needs a Gigabit Today. Here’s Why That Doesn’t Matter.

Broadband providers must take the long view and build networks that will meet consumers’ rapidly rising demand for bandwidth well into the future.

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TikTok: Friend or Foe?

Individuals and government alike worry about TikTok’s foreign ownership.

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A Targeted Way to Grow a Changing Business

The rise of streaming doesn’t mean traditional pay TV is dead. With some creative strategies, it can even thrive.

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Reimagine Delivery of Gigabit Services in the MDU or MTU

Internet providers and building owners that want to offer gigabit services should investigate G.hn technology and reuse the existing copper wiring or coax cabling.

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Journal Squared: Case Study of an Intelligent Building

Residents of this new luxury high-rise in Jersey City appreciate the high-speed internet access and other technological amenities that fiber broadband enables. Behind the scenes, an intelligent building platform makes the building operate smoothly and efficiently.

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With Children and Technology, Moderation Is Key

Questions about kids’ screen time and digital privacy are not going away, and parents, advocacy groups and the government are grappling with how to respond.

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Facilities-Based IoT Could Reduce Maintenance Costs, Resident Frustrations

Facilities-based IoT can boost a multifamily building owner’s net operating income and give building management and maintenance staff insight into how HVAC, security and alarms run across a property via a cloud-based connection.

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Another One for Your Personal Playlist

Multifamily broadband providers should consider offering music streaming services as a way to avoid the commoditization trap.

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Video Streaming Services and Podcasts Continue Rapid Growth

Consumers’ desire for on-demand content drives migration away from traditional linear TV.

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Does Poor Broadband Deter Telemedicine Adoption?

A new study finds that inadequate broadband may be a major reason for low adoption of telemedicine. Other experts argue that even slow broadband can help build rural health care capacity.

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Telehealth Promises to Transform U.S. Health Care

Abundant, inexpensive bandwidth could boost health care efficiency, efficacy and capacity – but only if a number of barriers are overcome.

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Smart Communities Offer Convenience and Affordability for All

Though there are still challenges to implementation, smart technology – from thermostats to lighting – stands to benefit everyone.

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CE Week Exhibits Digital Lifestyle Products

This year’s show featured advanced aerial cameras, multifunctional TVs and even high-tech cookware.

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Luxury Residents ‘Blanketed’ in Wi-Fi, IoT Apps: Ten Thousand, Beverly Hills, California

By blanketing its Ten Thousand property with Wi-Fi,  Crescent Heights is easing how its Beverly Hills residents interact with technology. Our thanks to Diego Salas, CTO of Bel Air Internet and Brian Locks of Crescent Heights for helping gather information for this profile.

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Educational Technology Assumes Robust Broadband

What homework gap? Educational technology vendors now assume all schools and students have plenty of broadband available. Maybe the assumption will prove to be self-fulfilling.

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Millennials Love Home Automation: 985 High at The Castle Columbus, Ohio

To deliver a seamless internet experience, 985 High at The Castle capitalized on the opportunity to provide buildingwide Wi-Fi and home automation. Our thanks to Kaileigh Steiner, director of marketing and community engagement for BORROR, and John Casadonte, senior product marketing manager for American Tower, for helping gather information for this profile.

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Teenagers in the Online World

Depression and anxiety are major problems for teenage social media users.

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Broadband for Rural Businesses

Rural providers are taking aim at rural businesses with fiber and DOCSIS 3.1–based broadband services. But providers must educate this segment about using these new services to become more viable in the online world.

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Telehealth and Community Broadband Take on Substance Abuse

Recovering addicts require intensive support from trained specialists and peer groups. Telehealth is one of the best ways – and sometimes the only practical way – to deliver that support.

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The Digital Experience of the Future

A forward look at live sports streaming

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Technology and Senior Housing

As boomers transition to senior housing, keeping up with technology needs is crucial.

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Stay Tuned for Smart Home Updates

Smart home technology is a hot new trend. How does a provider know which vendor to pick – or whether a DIY approach would make more sense?

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Smart Planning for Smart Cities

Before adopting smart-city technologies, communities should make sure they have processes in place to ensure the success of their projects. American Planning Association research identifies best practices in this emerging field.

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We Were on a Break!

Cord-cutters are starting to boomerang back to traditional pay TV after finding that over-the-top services are no less expensive.

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Parents’ Fears About Screen Usage

Parents and children watch the same screens but have different reactions.

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Telehealth and the Digital Divide

Telehealth holds the promise of reducing health care costs and improving health outcomes. However, inadequate broadband in both rural and urban areas prevents telehealth services from reaching those who most need them.

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Telehealth Initiatives Show Promise

Telehealth is beginning to prove its worth as a means of delivering better health care at lower cost. Better broadband is needed to make the promise of telehealth a reality.

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Smarter, Safer Cities Need Fiber

The internet of things promises to streamline municipal functions. Key to the success of any smart-city initiative is a robust fiber backbone.

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Smart Security In Multifamily Buildings

Property owners can benefit by including smart home security offerings as standard features in apartments.

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Video and Violence

Villanova and Rutgers universities share new research on a hot-button subject.

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New Gadgets for the Digital Lifestyle

The consumer tech industry celebrated its mid-summer product launches at CE Week. Our reporter checked out all the new gadgets so you don’t have to.

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Children’s Videos: Not Just Kid Stuff

Digital culture embraces movies, TV, games, music, virtual reality and online viral hits. The blurring of the lines, the proliferating remixes and the cross-platform references don’t faze today’s digital-native kids.

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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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New Education Initiatives Drive Fiber Demand

SXSW EDU 2018 made clear that as education technology advances, the demand for fast, reliable broadband will continue to grow.

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Get Ready For Generation Z

This column introduced the Generation Z audience in last year’s May-June issue. New research sheds more light on the first “native internet” generation.

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The Middle Ground for Video

In March, 36 local elected officials from Next Century Cities member communities sent the following letter to the FCC in defense of local decision-making for 5G investments, small-cell deployment and the use of public rights-of-way.

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Artificial Intelligence Changes the World

In this issue, the New World of Video column takes a break from video to address a trend that will soon affect all aspects of life – including video services.

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Breaking Up Is Easy to Do

Living without pay TV isn’t as hard as it sounds. All it takes is great internet access.

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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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Health Care Hubs: The Future Of Telemedicine and Broadband

Health care and broadband stakeholders collaborate to improve and expand telemedicine.

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Building Fiber to Schools

Here’s a good-news story: The drive to provide high-quality internet service to U.S. schools has made tremendous progress, and the goal of universal connectivity is within sight.

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Too Many TV Choices?

Viewers develop strategies for sorting through streaming, SVoD, cable and other video platforms to find shows to watch.

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Disney/ESPN’s Risky Streaming Strategy

Has Disney traded the cable TV model for a handful of magic beans?

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Smart Cities and Broadband

Lessons from the Smart Cities Connect Conference / US Ignite Applications Summit

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The Internet of Things Is Here

Property owners should secure their buildings’ smart technology.

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Consumers Seek TV Alternatives, Part 2: Can Cable Compete With Tech Giants?

Cable providers need better ways to appeal to viewers who have new viewing habits – and better ways to measure viewer engagement.

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Consumers Seek TV Alternatives

As video streaming services become more sophisticated and add original content, they compete ever more effectively with traditional pay TV. What strategies can cable operators use to keep their customers?

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Education Initiatives Drive Fiber Demand

Speakers and exhibitors at the 2017 SXSWedu conference – junior sibling of Austin’s giant SXSW – showed why students’ demand for bandwidth will continue to rise.

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Gen Z Takes Over the Video Buzz

The newest generation isn’t easily impressed. What can broadband providers do to win over these skeptics?

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New Year, More Fiber

Exciting new technologies are coming your way, and they all require lots more fiber.

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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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