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Editor's Note: Let’s Talk About Broadband – In Person

The 2021 Broadband Communities Summit brings together industry luminaries to talk face-to-face about emerging trends, challenges and opportunities.

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Bandwidth Hawk: More Federal Money for Broadband, Greater Role for States

Congress seems likely to pass a national infrastructure bill that potentially could provide broadband connectivity to almost everyone. But watch the details, not just the money pile on the table. And act quickly! Easy money, public and private, won’t last forever.

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Welcome Back, Broadband Communities Summit!

The 2021 Broadband Communities Summit brings together broadband providers and multifamily owners to address new technology trends and share industry experiences.

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Cyberattacks and Ransomware and Hacks – Oh My!

Best practices to mitigate risk for companies and communities in this age of ever-increasing cyber threats

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Fiber Connect 2021: If It’s Not Fiber, It’s Not Broadband

The annual, in-person event highlighted what could be the beginning of the biggest broadband investment cycle in the nation’s history bridging the gaping digital divide.

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Combining Resort-Style Living With Instant-On Gigabit Broadband: Desert Color in St. George, Utah

Desert Color is banking on attracting residents and businesses with its resort-like feel and fiber-based, gigabit-speed internet. Broadband Communities thanks Ryan Coates, marketing manager for Desert Color, and CenturyLink for helping develop this profile.

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The Pandemic, Education and Broadband: Lessons From SXSW EDU

Students, teachers and parents see the value robust broadband can bring to education.

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Gel Sealing Could Help Connect the Next Billion Broadband Subscribers

Fiber-dense applications such as 5G and FTTH require changes in the outside plant that can be solved with new gel sealing technology.

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The Death of the Cable Modem

Could emerging fiber-to-the-home innovations such as 10 Gbps and 25 Gbps PON finally make copper-based coax cabling as antiquated as the Wright Flyer?

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Closing the Digital Divide Requires Expanded Skilled Workforce

Multiple strategies are helping overcome the fiber workforce shortage that could slow broadband expansion.

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Connecting the Caribbean’s Unconnected

Submarine cable networks can help address the challenges and opportunities in providing robust broadband in the Caribbean.

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Fiber Connect 2021: A Focus on Fiber, Open Access, Community Broadband And Public-Private Partnerships

The Fiber Broadband Association’s annual conference, Fiber Connect, held in Nashville in July, showcased many fiber community success stories and a variety of innovations that promise to expand fiber deployment. As one of the telecom industry’s first in-person trade shows since the pandemic began, it highlighted fiber’s role as the preferred way of delivering symmetrical broadband speeds, state and federal funding mechanisms, open-access, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks and pricing. It also brought to light how broadband newcomers, particularly municipal broadband providers, need to overcome political and lobbying challenges from incumbents and think tanks, and the significance of public-private partnerships.

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Virginia’s Historic Jamestowne Gets a Broadband Makeover

Cox Business enables the U.S. historic site to connect with remote students and history buffs around the world.

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The Role of Open Access in Driving Fiber Adoption

Open-access networks face challenges to get off the ground in the U.S., but with the right capital and legislative support, they can offer cost savings, improved customer service, and economic development opportunities.

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Could Libraries Be the New Clinics?

Public libraries have the potential to be new hubs for telehealth services in urban and rural markets, broadening the availability of health care.

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