Editor's Note: Creating a New Fiber Broadband Labor Pipeline

As municipalities and service providers pursue fiber expansions, a larger labor force is required to transition plans from paper to reality.

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Public-Private Partnerships Are a Win-Win for Communities And Broadband Providers

P3s have the potential to accelerate fiber buildouts that could create new job and revenue opportunities.

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Choosing the Right Fiber Provider for Your Community

When evaluating potential providers to determine if they have the experience and expertise to successfully bring fiber connectivity to a town, asking the right questions is essential.

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How Do Government and Broadband Providers Connect the Nation?

Public-private partnerships are a powerful way to build broadband infrastructure and close the digital divide.

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GTT and Otoe-Missouria Tribe Put Residents, Businesses on New Broadband Path

In rural north-central Oklahoma, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe is working to deliver quality broadband to families and businesses.

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Unnecessary Support Calls Drive Up Costs for ISPs

As broadband service speeds increase, so do connectivity issues and subscriber complaints.

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From Glass Fiber to Coherent Transmission and Pluggable Optics: The Evolution and Future of Optical Networks

Thanks to new technologies, optical networks have evolved significantly in recent years. Further evolution will require new innovations to help networks scale, simplify operations and continue meeting growing bandwidth needs into the future.

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Calling for a Cloud-Native Broadband Infrastructure

The U.S. government should dedicate broadband funding toward a modern program that stimulates innovation and new approaches to the broadband challenge.

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Q&A with Nokia’s Sandra Motley: How Broadband Enables New Consumer, Business Opportunities

Broadband Communities recently talked to Sandra Motley, president of fixed networks at Nokia, about how the company helps large and small providers make the most of their fiber-based broadband deployments. She also shared her vision of fiber-based broadband and the ways broadband can enable new education and employment opportunities.

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2023 Buying for Ultra-Broadband Builds and Services

The best sources of equipment, software and services for delivering voice, video, data and more

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Broadband Set to Make Splash in Rural Agriculture

Starlink’s LEO broadband service is set to have a big influence on rural communities and businesses and be a catalyst for the agriculture industry.

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How High-Speed Fiber Broadband Benefits Public Education

The tools exist to stem the digital divide in rural communities – now, the government, educators and tech companies must collaborate to drive quality programs.

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Online Learning Platforms Can Reverse the Digital Divide in Rural Communities

The tools exist to stem the digital divide in rural communities – now, the government, educators and tech companies must collaborate to drive quality programs.

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Broadband Access Extension Technologies Will Help Solve MDU Connectivity Challenge

Emerging fiber-extension technologies that leverage existing MDU wiring enable service providers to deliver high-speed broadband to tenants.

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Getting There First With Fiber Is the Name of the Game

Service providers are adopting more straightforward fiber installation solutions that minimize the skilled labor necessary to turn up new buildings and houses.

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MDUs Can Use Their Wires

A combination of core network planning and opportunistic reuse of existing in-building wiring can provide gigabit and multi-gigabit high-speed fiber broadband networking.

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Cable Transition to IP Won’t Leave MDU Services Behind

As cable transitions from RF to IP, operators should focus on adding features, not removing them.

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MDUs: Don’t Let the Gigabit Revolution Pass You By

G.fast can help broadband service providers reach challenging brownfield MDUs by cost-effectively bridging the gap between unreachable homes and FTTH networks.

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On-Demand Fiber to the MxU

Fiber deployed in a passive optical network configuration in MDUs allows service providers to reduce the cost of ownership and address current and future demands.

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The Case for OTT Delivery of MDU/Institutional Targeted Video And Signage Services

MDUs and even towns and cities can take advantage of HTTP-based streaming with intelligent stream direction and TV client applications.

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Fiber Extension Technology Creates Seamless, Affordable MDU Connectivity

High-speed broadband has become necessary to enable digital inclusion. MDU owners can leverage existing building wiring to ensure affordable services for every resident.

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Connectivity Powered by Dynamic Relationships: World Cinema Partners With Positron Access Solutions

Using Positron’s G.hn and World Cinema’s RF expertise enables property managers to offer lightning-quick, cost-effective, dependable gigabit internet speeds to MDU tenants.

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Broadband Access Challenges Persist for Residents of Federally Subsidized Multifamily Housing

The availability of federal infrastructure money creates opportunities to close service gaps.

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Bandwidth Hawk: MDUs: The Numbers Look Good, But It’s Too Soon to Tell

I project 500,000 new MDU dwelling units in 2022, but with more than the usual uncertainty. This would be an increase from 473,000 in 2021. There is likely to be a sharp drop in single-family construction.

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Here Are Some Chips and Salsa to Get You Started

MDU broadband providers have only one chance to create an excellent first impression during customer onboarding.

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Bulk Internet Services Take Hold in Multifamily Broadband

Recognizing that broadband is now a must-have for apartment and condo residents, service providers are striking broadband bulk agreement deals with multifamily owners and managers.

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UnCommons: A Las Vegas Development Loaded with Possibilities

UnCommons, a 40-acre, mixed-use community opening in southwest Las Vegas this year, will be an attractive spot for residents and businesses that need high-speed bulk internet, video and business services. Broadband Communities thanks Savanah Stuart, marketing manager for Matter Real Estate Group; Jim Stuart, partner at Matter Real Estate Group; Kristine Hedlund, director of Beyond Borders and West New Build MDU at Cox Communications; and Guillermo Rivas, vice president of new business development at Cox Communications, for helping gather information for this profile.

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Committing to Sustainability Through Fiber

Fiber’s contribution to global sustainability is having a rippling effect on food and water supplies, education and smart-city applications.

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Everything Is Coming Up Bulk

Why the multifamily industry has been shifting toward a bulk broadband model.

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Editor's Note: MDU Bulk Broadband Service Comes of Age

Service providers and MDU property owners/managers embrace bulk broadband service as an amenity to attract and retain residents.

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SXSW EDU Highlights Important Trends Driving Home Broadband

Parent portals, out-of-classroom resources, eSports and user-created content were hot topics at this year’s conference.

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Making the Most of Existing Fiber Networks

DWDM and grey optics show promise to help service providers increase the capacity of existing optical fiber.

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Creating a DOCSIS-to-PON Migration Strategy Is Critical in the Era of Overbuilders

Service providers have an opportunity to leverage existing DOCSIS infrastructure to deliver services and simultaneously migrate subscribers, as needed, to PON with minimal capital.

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Is Fixed Wireless Access the Netflix of Broadband Internet?

Fixed wireless access is gaining momentum as an alternative for wireline broadband and disruptive mobile market innovation.

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Starlink Evolves as a DIY Broadband Model

Small communities can leverage buying power and expertise to acquire Starlink satellite services to distribute broadband cost-effectively.

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Labor: The Underlying Problem in Fiber Deployment and How to Solve It

Manufacturers and service providers are pursuing product solutions that require less skilled labor and reduce the overall time of deployment with craft-friendly designs.

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Albuquerque Finds Fiber Fit With Vexus Fiber

The growing New Mexico city employs Vexus Fiber to build a communitywide fiber broadband network to support residential broadband and business and smart-city applications.

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Pharr, Texas, Takes DIY Approach to Build Gigabit Fiber

A South Texas border town is building a citywide fiber network to enhance educational opportunities and attract business customers.

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Ellensburg, Washington, Taps Consolidated to Elevate Its Broadband Status

Consolidated Communications has entered a public-private partnership to transition the city’s copper-based DSL residential and business customers to a new, fiber-based network.

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Stoneridge Apartments: Promoting Digital Equity by Providing Free Internet to Low-Income Residents

Stoneridge Apartments in a suburb of Austin, Texas, is leveling the broadband playing field for low-income residents by offering free Wi-Fi service courtesy of PCs for People. Broadband Communities thanks Brittany Hustad, senior project manager, Dominium; Maria Christinia, community manager, Stoneridge Apartments; Tom Esselman, executive director, PCs for People Kansas City; Jim Crammond, president, MoCA; and Andreas Bergman, head of sales and channel account management, InCoax Networks AB for contributing information for this profile.

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Fiber’s Positive Impacts on Communities Run Deep

Fiber-based broadband improves lives, creates jobs, improves health care and education and helps communities grow and thrive as part of the digital economy.

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Multifamily Supply vs. Demand in an Inflationary World

Increased costs are impacting multifamily construction and operations as apartment demand stays strong.

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Prime Opportunity to Add Value

Just as Amazon increased the value of Prime membership with a host of added benefits, so too should bulk service providers increase their offerings.

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Bandwidth Hawk: USDA ReConnect 4: Tips, Tricks, and What You Have to Know

For loan and grant applicants, the USDA Rural Utilities Service has made it as easy as possible to reuse material from previous, unsuccessful applications.

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Fiber Connect 2022: A Focus on Fiber Growth, Public-Private Partnerships and the Middle Mile

The Fiber Broadband Association’s annual conference, Fiber Connect, held in Nashville in June, highlighted many fiber community success stories and innovations that promise to expand fiber deployment. In addition to highlighting fiber’s role in delivering symmetrical broadband speeds to residents, the show considered the growing role of municipalities, electric cooperatives and vendors. It also looked at the ways alternative providers build middle-mile networks to connect the dots of last-mile networks throughout states and communities.

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Communities, MDU Owners Set New Broadband Destinies

Speakers at the Broadband Communities 2022 Summit, held in Houston in May, agreed that every community wants – and needs – great broadband. How best to deliver it to MDUs, master-planned communities, underserved towns and rural areas is still debatable. Following are some highlights of speaker presentations.

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Follow These Rules to Close the Digital Divide

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has laid out a set of tenets for policymakers to make the most of available funding and ensure the effective use of new federal broadband funds.

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Let’s Do More Than Just Talk About Bridging the Digital Divide

Governments can advance digital inclusion by establishing high-speed broadband access and wireless connectivity everywhere, creating new rural use cases with tangible benefits and deploying local champions to demystify technologies.

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The Case for a Common Sense Broadband Investment Strategy

Is your broadband expansion strategic plan executable by engineering?

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No-Code Orchestration Enables Next-Generation Media Technology

By combining automated tasks into a workflow that delivers a service according to customer requests, OTT media providers can capture subscribers’ interest and remain relevant in the industry.

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A Summit for Rural Prosperity

The NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association SRC Live! summit offered new insights about the ways rural providers are enabling a host of new broadband applications.

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Closing Baltimore’s Digital Broadband Divide: Hollins House

Baltimore’s Hollins House is working with nonprofit organization Project Waves to close the digital divide, which has disproportionately disadvantaged seniors and low-income residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Broadband Communities thanks Samantha Musgraves, director of Project Waves; Devin Weaver, director of engineering for Project Waves; and Jason D. Hardebeck, director of broadband and digital equity for the city of Baltimore, for helping complete this profile.

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Fiber Connect 2022 Showcased Fiber Industry Momentum

At this year’s Fiber Connect in Nashville, Tennessee, attendees will learn about opportunities for investment, deployment and technology innovation in optical fiber networks for homes, businesses, people and a wide array of advanced devices.

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Fiber Is the Way

Fiber solutions for multifamily are the way of the future but may be too expensive in some brownfield properties. There are viable alternatives.

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Make Recruiting a Mission-Critical Objective

Potential employees see growing value in a company’s culture, priorities, work environment and leadership.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Federal Broadband Funding: Time to Act

Deadlines are arriving thick and fast for massive NTIA funding programs.

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Deployment Speed Is Key to Funding Access

An automated design and optimization approach will improve the network design process.

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Maintaining Hyperscale Data Center Connectivity Through Effective Cleaning

The higher the fiber count of fiber optic cable, the more vulnerable the connectors and end faces are to damage and contamination. Here’s how to keep every fiber and connector perfectly clean to avoid potential problems.

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Streamlining the Fiber Build Process

Broadband network industry standards aid broadband connectivity equity for metro-area affordable housing and MDUs.

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Q&A with Ribbon Communications: Taking a Disruptive Approach to Optical, Virtualized Networks

The CEO of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association shares her vision for the rural broadband industry.

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Rethinking the Fourth Utility Connectivity Conundrum

Broadband network industry standards aid broadband connectivity equity for metro-area affordable housing and MDUs.

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Municipal Broadband: Using Today’s Technology to Support Communities’ Futures

Municipal broadband gives everyone an equal opportunity for access to fast, affordable internet and provides various other benefits to communities, from keeping taxpayer money local to future-proofing infrastructure.

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Dos Palos-Oro Loma School District Bridges Homework Gap

A two-phase deployment of 4G fixed-wireless access technology will provide broadband internet connectivity to help underserved students in California’s rural Dos Palos-Oro Loma Joint Unified School District conduct remote learning.

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Ezee Fiber Bolsters Montgomery County Hospital District’s Emergency Response Capabilities

Upgrading network connections to 10 Gbps provides network redundancy for network backup and a path to accommodate future growth.

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IQ Fiber Gives Underserved Jacksonville, Florida, Market New Gigabit Hope

The competitive provider launches an effort to install new fiber-to-the-home services in Florida’s underserved broadband market.

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Smithville Blankets Jasper, Indiana, With Gigabit Broadband

A citywide fiber network helps drive diversity and enable new broadband options for existing and incoming residents and businesses in a city known for furniture manufacturing.

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Innovation Square Lights Up Fiber-Based Broadband for Students, Businesses in Rochester, New York

Innovation Square, a new multiple-dwelling-unit (MDU) property in a revitalized area of downtown Rochester, is set on attracting local college students and businesses. Broadband Communities thanks Robert Gallina, senior project manager for Gallina Development; Lauren Gallina, marketing director for Gallina Development; Ben Garvey, CEO, president and founder of Great Lakes Gaming; and Andre Green, director of sales and strategic growth at Greenlight Networks for helping gather information for this profile.

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How Do You Take Fiber Further? Attend Fiber Connect.

At this year’s Fiber Connect in Nashville, Tennessee, attendees will learn about opportunities for investment, deployment and technology innovation in optical fiber networks for homes, businesses, people and a wide array of advanced devices.

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Broadband Nutrition Labels and Deployment See Renewed Focus in Washington

New broadband nutrition labels required by the FCC will provide transparency about  providers’ broadband services, helping consumers make informed choices.

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The Merits of Bulk

As property owners focus on broadband service quality, the FCC’s decision to leave bulk agreements untouched will provide consumers with quality services in all types of multifamily communities.

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Bandwidth Hawk: New Broadband Deployments for New Housing? Yes – but Don’t Believe Everything You Hear.

Despite high housing prices, the nation is building lots of new housing where it is needed. Young folks can’t get mortgages, so rental prices spike. It’s ugly. The upshot? There are still great opportunities for broadband deployers.

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Hot Products: Broadband Communities’ 21st Annual List of Leading Broadband Technologies and Services

The latest offerings from top broadband hardware and software suppliers, distributors and service providers

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Reducing Subscriber Loss With Connected-Home Intelligence

By proactively focusing on maintaining quality of experience, service providers can thwart costly customer churn.

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Electro-Optic Polymers Allow Faster, More Efficient Data Transmission

The polymer industry for fiber communications is growing quickly. With the correct positioning for scale, volume and performance, electro-optic polymers are poised to enable optical network system businesses to be much more competitive.

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Micro-Apartment Living at Gigabit Speed: The Vic at Interpose

The Houston property plays to renters’ desire for high-speed, instant-on, affordable broadband. Broadband Communities thanks Kate Good, partner and senior vice president of multifamily development at Hunington Residential; Stephanie Burriss, director of multifamily operations at Hunington Residential; and DISH Fiber for helping develop this profile.

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NMHC Cultivates Emerging Leaders In Multifamily

The National Multifamily Housing Council is creating new avenues to teach people about the multifamily industry and build a pipeline of emerging leaders, with a focus on women. Its new podcast offers a glimpse into the business of the multifamily real estate market.

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Thinking Beyond Speed and Price

Providers must recognize that MDU owners have expanded their decision-making criteria to include a host of factors, from customer support to network security.

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The Path to Greener Connectivity

In addition to reducing costs, service providers increasingly focus on reducing emissions related to increasing energy use.

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New York City: The Case for a Carrier-Neutral Infrastructure

New York City’s legacy conduit system could provide a blueprint for the benefits of carrier-neutral infrastructure.

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Service Providers, Industry Partners Push Broadband Forward

At the Broadband Communities Summit 2021, participants shared stories and expertise about new methods to build broadband to rural markets, new trends in broadband for MDUs and new applications for broadband, such as precision agriculture. Following are some highlights of conference sessions.

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2022 Buying for Ultra-Broadband Builds and Services

The best sources of equipment, software and services for delivering voice, video, data and more

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GIS Moneyball: How GIS Can Help Lay the Foundation for an Effective Broadband Launch

Use geographic information systems to improve business with data and analytics.

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Building Broadband During Component and Worker Shortages

Completing broadband builds requires competent fiber optic techs, but training them requires understanding how they learn.

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Goodbye Downloads, Hello Latency

Fiber internet is the only medium that will provide consumers and businesses with unlimited speeds.

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It’s a Smarter Future With Fiber

By powering many smart-city features, fiber will fuel economic growth, a skilled workforce, increased quality of life, and a sustainable future for communities across the U.S.

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Fiber Connectivity Advances Nonprofit Organization’s Mission, Community Diversity: 716 Ministries in Buffalo, New York

The nonprofit organization 716 Ministries becomes the first FTTH community partner of Greenlight Networks in Buffalo’s changing West Side.

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The Vicious Cycle of the Supply Chain in Fiber Broadband – Is an End in Sight?

Broadband supply chain issues the pandemic caused are holding up providers’ fiber-to-the-home rollout plans.

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Don’t Let Contamination Affect 5G Reliability

By adopting fiber cleaning best practices, wireless operators ensure they can deliver quality 5G wireless services to consumers and businesses.

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New FBA Training Program Prepares People for Rewarding Fiber Careers

The FBA Optical Telecom Installation Certification (OpTIC) program teaches hands-on skills. Newly trained techs can help expedite fiber builds across the country, delivering much-needed high-speed internet.

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Six Themes for Multifamily in 2022

The National Multifamily Housing Council explores tectonic shifts that will set the stage for the 2021 NMHC OPTECH Conference and the year ahead.

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The Action’s Still On-Site

MDU providers can proactively mitigate potential churn and gain significant insight into how well their service performs by conducting in-person customer visits.

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Bandwidth Hawk: New Broadband Funding, New Ways to Finance Deployments

The U.S. is on the brink of having enough money to connect all businesses and residences with high-quality broadband – and having the financial and regulatory tools to spend wisely.

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Editor's Note: Note to Developers, MDU Providers: Make Your MDU Broadband Connections Stand Out

As more multifamily buildings are built, opportunities for developers to give their properties a competitive advantage with stellar broadband connectivity abound.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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A Robust System of Record Can Boost Telecom Profits

Adopting a system of record can enable service providers to save network deployment time and improve customer satisfaction and response times.

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Transforming Aggregation Network Architecture with XR Optics

XR optics will offer fiber-to-the-home providers improved coherent-level capacity, reach and management performance with flexible deployment over point-to-point or point-to-multipoint and single- or dual-fiber architectures.

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How Telecom Infrastructure Players Will Help Bridge the Digital Divide

Connecting more parts of the world with affordable broadband will require collaboration between governments, businesses, service providers, telecom infrastructure companies and other players.

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Deploying Fiber Faster and Cost-Effectively With Microtrenching

This technique is gaining popularity across the country because it costs much less than other deployment methods and can be done in days instead of weeks.

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Creating a Frictionless Fiber Broadband Experience: Sunbridge in Central Florida

Offering homeowners instant-on, 10 Gbps, fiber-based gigabit service, Sunbridge, a master-planned community, stands out from other developments in Florida’s competitive real estate market. Our thanks to Alex Figuero, vice president of operations at Tavistock; Karlee Kunkle, senior communications manager at Tavistock; and Matt Hirsch, sales account manager at ADTRAN for helping compile this profile.

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Editor's Note: Going All in on Fiber

As broadband becomes a necessity, Broadband Communities’ Fiber-to-the-Home Top 100 winners are making big investment bets on expanding their FTTH network reach.

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Subsea Connections Enable Quick Expansion and Increased Opportunities

By leveraging subsea cables, Canadian businesses can reach new audiences, expand enterprises and connect to operations in the Asia Pacific to drive post-pandemic growth.

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Addressing Military Veterans’ Economic, Broadband Needs

State and local governments can leverage $350 billion in federal funding to provide immediate relief and long-term support for U.S. veterans and military spouses.

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Overeagerness Does Not Help Close the Digital Divide

Resolving broadband affordability and coverage issues for low-income families requires accurate, reliable data.

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Public-Private Partnerships Offer Digital Divide Solution

Communities seek to overcome the challenges of providing broadband to residents and businesses by leveraging federal funding and private capital, enabling risk sharing in the creation of networks powered by open-access infrastructure.

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Could Fixed Wireless Access Bridge the Digital Divide?

With the ability to be deployed more quickly than fiber at a possible lower cost – especially in rural, hard-to-reach areas – fixed wireless access offers service providers another tool to give more people access to internet connectivity.

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Q&A with Mignon Clyburn: How the Telecommunications Act of 1996 Unleashed a New Era of Competition

The former FCC commissioner looks back at the legacy of the legislation.

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Hot Products: Broadband Communities’ 20th Annual List Of Leading Broadband Technologies and Services

The latest offerings from top broadband hardware and software suppliers, distributors and service providers

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INCOMPAS 2021 Policy Summit Highlights Regulatory and Network Buildout Issues

The event covered key issues for competitive broadband providers, including the homework gap, net neutrality, broadband mapping and the FCC’s RDOF reverse auction.

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Can You Trust Your Business Case for Broadband Expansion?

Access to quality data will make or break service providers financially as they work to provide high-performance broadband to communities in the post-pandemic world.

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Three Big Telco Predictions for 2021

Chassis-based systems will end, new vendors will enter the market, and access networks will be the focus of innovation.

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G.hn Is Vital to Gigabit Broadband Services Rollouts

G.hn has emerged as competitive to fiber to the home because it now enables service providers to offer higher data rates by leveraging existing copper assets.

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The Key to Boosting Network Resilience? It’s in the Data.

Data-driven insights reduce network downtime and repair costs.

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Building Competitive Advantage With Automation

ISPs can use autonomous technologies to help networks grow with companies as their business needs and markets change.

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Gigabit Fiber Comes to Los Altos Hills

Residents of an underserved town use a micro-scale community model to get gigabit broadband.

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A Michigan FTTH Network Rebuild Sets Stage for Greater Bandwidth, Smart-City Applications

Wyandotte, Michigan’s municipal utility provider is rebuilding its hybrid fiber coax network with fiber to the home to retain and attract new residents and businesses with 10 Gbps broadband, IP video and smart IoT services.

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Rural Communities Launch Publicly Owned Fiber Networks

Rural communities are deploying fiber as a way to future-proof and meet the long-term communications needs of homes, businesses, community anchor institutions and government agencies.

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A Fiber Network Spurs a New Northern New Hampshire Tech Corridor

Planning, perseverance and strategic alliances pay off for the rural community of Bristol, NH, as it overcomes obstacles to bring better broadband and better jobs to residents.

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Broadband Essential to Post-Pandemic Economies

The results of a new survey of economic development experts indicate the changing role and value of broadband and digital technology as development tools.

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National Efforts to Close the Digital Divide Require Local Empowerment

Findings from a survey of more than 120 state and local leaders confirm a need for investment in broadband infrastructure nationwide and a new approach to funding deployment.

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LEO Satellites: A Path to Nowhere?

Low-Earth-orbit satellites face various challenges meeting Rural Digital Opportunity Fund requirements.

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How the Pandemic Created Urgency for Smart-Tech Adoption

The importance of seamless connectivity is amplified as broadband and intelligent-home needs rise.

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Multifamily Broadband Gets a Shot in the Arm

Broadband remains the glue that holds the multifamily broadband industry together.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Get Ready for USDA ReConnect Round Three

As the USDA prepares for a third round of about $600 million in ReConnect rural broadband grants, here’s a detailed look at the results of the first two rounds.

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25G PON: The Future of Broadband

As the broadband industry looks to transform fiber to the home to fiber to everything, the advent of 25G has the potential to play a key role in connecting consumers, enterprises and cities and accelerating 5G.

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The Year Ahead in Telecom

5G may continue to grab headlines in 2021, but the telecom industry will be dominated by the edge and by automation, enabling service provider networks to adapt to shifting traffic and usage patterns.

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A Service Provider’s Guide to the Three Changes in Wi-Fi

A group of new innovations – including Wi-Fi 6, 6 GHz spectrum and Wi-Fi 7 – will open new opportunities for delivering and supporting Wi-Fi services over the next three years.

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Changes in the Geospatial Industry Will Transform Broadband

Augmented reality, reality capture, computer vision, and machine learning will automate data capture of physical broadband infrastructure for service providers.

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Q&A with Charlie Vogt, CEO of DZS: Reigniting a Focus on North American Broadband, 5G Wireless and Cable Opportunities

Charlie Vogt, a telecom veteran who has led a mix of voice, video and optical vendors, took the reins of DZS in August. He aims to solidify the company’s position in fiber to the home (FTTH), 5G, smart homes, connected building/city solutions and software-defined networking.

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MetroNet Technicians Get Hands-on Training – and Then Some

At MetroNet University, technicians are trained in a faux house to mount equipment, run wire throughout the home and complete other tasks that prepare them for any situation they may encounter during real installations.

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Getting Ready for 10G in Cable Networks

The operational simplicity of capacity upgrades becomes increasingly important as bandwidth explodes.

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What the Broadband Industry Learned from COVID-19

A reflection on how networks coped with unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic, how it changed the way the industry thinks about connectivity, and how broadband networks can prepare for what’s next.

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Closing the K–12 Digital Divide in The Age of Distance Learning

Because of COVID-19 facility closures, 50 million K–12 public school students have had to learn remotely from home.

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Beyond Speed: Where Is the United States Going?

Americans know how to design and build fast networks. Now we need to identify how to use them to make our lives better.

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Open-Access Networks Make Smart Cities Viable

Open-access networks can make cities more efficient, environmentally friendly and desirable to prospective residents and businesses.

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Want to Compete on an Open-Access Network? Better Read This First!

To succeed on an open-access network, providers must treat customers well, assess the competition, and take a modern approach to marketing.

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Fiber Connect: A Preview

In its annual conference, which will be held virtually from December 14–16, 2020, the Fiber Broadband Association will bring together experts in all aspects of fiber to the home (FTTH).

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Welcome to (Virtual) Fiber Connect!

This year’s event is our best ever – 30 sessions with more than 100 of the industry’s top experts plus plenty of opportunities to network and engage.

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Service Providers, Communities Seek Partners, New Methods To Overcome Rural Broadband Challenges

At the Broadband Communities Virtual Summit 2020, participants shared stories about finding new methods to extend broadband into underserved and unserved rural markets. Following are some highlights of conference sessions focused on the rural broadband market.

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Electric Cooperatives, Investor-Owned Utilities Form New Pacts to Expand Rural Broadband

Electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities are partnering with competitive providers and telcos to close the systemic rural broadband gap.

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Public Infrastructure/Private Service Model For 21st Century Broadband Proves Worthy

The emerging model presents a scalable option for communities that lack the expertise or interest to operate networks or act as ISPs themselves but want to own and control the core communications assets in their communities as a means of securing the benefits of broadband internet. Here’s a look at the model’s business case, technical elements and risks.

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Bridging the Indoor, Outdoor Learning Experience With Fiber and VoIP: Windham Woods School

Windham Woods School employs FirstLight Fiber’s fiber-based internet and unified communications services to increase reliability and responsiveness for its growing student body. Broadband Communities thanks Matt Taffel, assistant head of school and middle/upper school director for Windham Woods School, and Chris Canney, enterprise account executive at FirstLight Fiber, for helping assemble this profile.

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Not Ready to Build? Be Broadband Ready.

A town may not be ready to take the plunge on building a network, but there are steps it can take to attract private investment.

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Making Big, Once-in-a-Decade Decisions Is Tough

MDU owners should conduct careful research before entering into new contracts with broadband service providers.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Low-Earth Orbit Satellites: Great Idea but Not for Everything – And Not Cheap

Investors have been needlessly spooked about new satellite technology. Individual satellites are cheap, but thousands must be deployed and periodically replaced. So satellites are competitive – and welcome – but only in limited situations.

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5G and the IT Edge: What’s the Fit?

The IT edge will play an important role in what 5G becomes and how it is optimized, but ownership of that edge remains an open question. The answer could be transformative for telcos and data center operators alike.

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CenturyLink Takes Aim at XGS-PON FTTH

CenturyLink cites time to market and network speeds as the reasons to migrate to XGS-PON as the next evolution in its fiber-based broadband plan for consumers and business customers.

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Alexandria, Virginia, Makes 911 System Remote During COVID-19

The city is the first in the nation to enable 911 staff to take and dispatch calls from home during the pandemic.

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Making Difficult Projects Financially Feasible – With or Without RDOF

Rural communities need to understand their options and make the most efficient decisions to stretch their funds.

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Emtelle and Deutsche Glasfaser Overcome Cost Challenges to Bring FTTH to Rural Germany

The partnership takes on Germany’s goals to nationally expand gigabit networks by 2025 and to expand fiber infrastructure in schools and local enterprises.

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Successful FTTH Systems Can Be Built in Rural Areas – Without Government Subsidies

It’s actually cheaper to build in rural than in urban areas, and FTTH systems in rural areas can be profitable even with very few subscribers.

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Service Providers, Vendors Create New Foundations for Multifamily Broadband, IoT

At the Broadband Communities Virtual Summit 2020, participants shared stories about how they are driving broadband into multifamily properties to enable higher speeds and provide a host of IoT services for residents and building owners. Following are some highlights of conference sessions focused on the multifamily market.

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A Boon for Network Deployers: Record MDU Construction

Private construction of multiple-dwelling-unit buildings is hitting a new record this year, with about 525,000 housing starts expected.

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More Than an Amenity: Connectivity Takes Center Stage

The pandemic has laid bare the critical importance of network infrastructure and the importance of the multifamily industry’s relationship with connectivity providers.

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New Options to Serve Gigabit to Small MDUs and Home Clusters

Gigabit services often bypass MDUs and home clusters because of the construction disruption and high cost of bringing fiber to each housing unit.

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MDUs and Device Evolution

Emerging broadband technologies and smart devices have the potential to provide strong value for channel partners and their MDU customers.

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High-Speed Broadband for MDUs: A Look at Today’s Options

New solutions promise faster installation of high-speed broadband in MDU buildings.

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Managed Wi-Fi Shows New Utility for Providers, Vendors

Service providers find new opportunities to build managed Wi-Fi networks that support voice, data and building-management applications.

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Telecommuting From the Slopes: Roam at Winter Park, Colorado

Roam at Winter Park, Colorado, hopes to draw outdoor enthusiasts with its access to the Fraser River, skiing, open space and fiber-based broadband. Broadband Communities thanks Chip Besse, managing partner at the Fraser River Land Company, and CenturyLink for help gathering information for this profile.

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Connecting the Hoosier Heartland For Economic Development

Intelligent Fiber Network helps rural Indiana communities grow their economies and connect national and international businesses with high-speed fiber services.

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Atlantic Broadband Fiber Helps DelGrosso Foods Improve Reliability and Boost Revenue

Atlantic Broadband’s fiber-based Ethernet service enables the food services provider to cut costs and prevent and solve a host of operating problems.

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Momentum Growing for Gigabit Wireless Access and Backhaul Using V Band and E Band Spectrum

The FCC’s support for mmWave wireless systems in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund gives rural operators another option to extend broadband services to more customers.

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Think Fixed Wireless Is Cheaper? Think Again.

Service providers bidding on the FCC’s RDOF auction should consider the long-term cost variables of using fixed wireless or FTTH to extend broadband to rural areas.

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5G: Technology That Will Release The Full Potential of FWA

Fixed wireless access is set to become a key driver in current and future 5G deployments, offering greater bandwidth and better spectral efficiency than LTE networks.

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To Reduce Network Operating Expenses, Choose FTTH

New research by the Fiber Broadband Association shows that all-fiber networks are much less expensive to operate than cable or copper networks.

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When a High-Touch Industry Goes “No Touch”

COVID-19 is accelerating tech adoption in multifamily housing. Technologies that remain relevant post-pandemic will need strong connectivity, underscoring the importance of critical broadband infrastructure.

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How States Are Expanding Broadband Access

New research identifies tactics for connecting unserved communities.

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Rural Communities Turn to Electric Co-ops for Fiber

The FCC’s upcoming RDOF auction, scheduled for October, will give rural communities a chance to bid on support for fiber-to-the-home networks.

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Broadband Models for Unserved and Underserved Communities

Communities hoping to improve their broadband service have several different models to choose from. Here’s how to go about making the choice.

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Broadband Master Planning: A Holistic Approach to Meeting Broadband Goals

By defining goals, gathering data and asking the right questions, communities can develop broadband master plans that lay the groundwork for high-speed networks.

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SEMO Electric Cooperative Takes Personal Broadband Approach

The co-op overcomes cultural challenges using a collaborative approach to bring broadband to Missouri’s underserved rural areas.

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Little Falls, Minnesota, Undertakes Grassroots Broadband Effort

As the community overcomes its business-sector broadband challenges, it looks for ways to extend services to residents who have poor broadband access options.

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Q&A With Roger Timmerman and Kim McKinley, UTOPIA Fiber: A Recipe for Rural Fiber

UTOPIA Fiber is expanding through Utah and beyond, proving that fiber-to-the-home deployments can succeed even in small, rural towns.

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Anacortes Is First City in Washington to Become an ISP

When the city wanted to upgrade radio frequency communications between its water and wastewater systems, it turned to fiber optics – and in the process installed the backbone for high-speed internet.

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Landmark on Grand River Offers Students a Better Broadband-City Connection

Landmark on Grand River offers MSU students a 10 Gbps high-speed broadband network and a connection with the rest of the East Lansing, Michigan, community. Broadband Communities thanks Richard Laing, CEO of Spartan Net, and Brian Bell, COO of Harbor Bay Real Estate, for helping gather information for this profile.

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To Stack, or Not to Stack

Stacking subsidies may be the only way to get fiber to the home built in some of the most rural areas.

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Is Wi-Fi Security Top of Mind? It Should Be.

Bulk managed Wi-Fi must have airtight network security plans to protect multifamily owners and residents. Here’s what that takes.

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Software-Defined Capacity Enables Providers to Overcome COVID-19 Traffic Spike Issues

The technology allows providers to engineer, provision and transfer capacity around networks via software control.

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Cleaning Up After Disaster: How to Get Fiber Networks Back on Track

Fiber networks are susceptible to failure when damaged by extreme weather such as hurricanes, floods, fires, snowstorms and earthquakes. Disaster recovery plans that include proper procedures and tools are essential to keep networks functioning.

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How Next-Gen PON Actively Transforms Networks

Service providers have a wide variety of last-mile optical PON platforms to converge multiple wireline consumer broadband, business and wireless services.

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We Are All Members of the Gigabit Society – or Are We?

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights how the U.S. broadband deficit remains a glaring and painful gap between haves and have-nots.

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COVID-19, Education and Robust Broadband

The pandemic sheds light on the gaps in online education today – and opportunities for improving it now and in the future.

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Varcomm Keeps Rural California Schoolkids Engaged During COVID-19

The independent rural telco steps up to bridge the staggering homework gap by helping economically challenged students access low-cost broadband.

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COVID-19 Widens the Digital Divide

Communications infrastructure has the power to help rural, underserved areas of the United States achieve greater success, but it means the broadband industry must ramp up its commitment to connect more of the country.

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Beyond Business as Usual: How Consolidated Communications Is Navigating the Pandemic and Preparing for the ‘New Normal’

Speed, continuity, flexibility and creativity enabled the company to meet the challenges staff and customers face as COVID-19 changed the ways people live and work overnight.

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Fiber Deployers Overcome Hurdles

As pandemic-related disruptions make the United States more dependent than ever on reliable broadband, FTTH deployers find ways to continue building out their networks.

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Why FTTH ‘Shines’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lisa R. Youngers, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, delivered this testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation in March.

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2020 Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100

Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2020

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Vantage Gives Temple University Students XFINITY’s Wi-Fi, IPTV Combo

Temple University students who reside at Vantage, an off-campus housing property, have access to two new amenities: XFINITY’s IPTV and buildingwide Wi-Fi. Our thanks to Mark Caltabiano, VP of asset management for The Goldenberg Group, and Adrian Adriano, VP of strategic initiatives for XFINITY Communities, for helping compile this profile.

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