Hot Products: Broadband Communities’ 19th 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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Help Is on the Way: Rural Broadband Funding Update

The USDA’s ReConnect Program and the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund will help bridge the digital divide and drive the community broadband movement.

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CenturyLink Modernizes Dams With Fiber

The telco is upgrading key Army Corps of Engineers dam sites to enhance reliability and provide access to high-speed cloud services.

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Wireline Broadband Network Trends for 2020

Although 5G will capture headlines, the fiber-based wireline network will serve a dominant role for supporting wireless traffic as well as providing high-bandwidth services to residential and business customers.

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COS Systems and Nokia Bring Automated Open-Access Networks To the US Market

Automated open-access networks enable any number of independent service providers to lease capacity, so customers can choose different services at competitive prices.

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Incompas 2020 Policy Summit: Unraveling Broadband Challenges And Opportunities for Competitors, Communities

The Incompas 2020 Policy Summit, held in Washington, D.C., in March, covered key issues for competitive broadband providers. Topics included the homework gap, the modernization of UNE rules, the need for workforce training, and new partnerships between service providers and electric utilities.

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The Power of Partnerships: Scott County, Minnesota

With dark fiber and a series of partnerships, Scott County laid the groundwork for an economic boom.

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Passive Optical LAN Enables Operational Savings: Idaho Falls’ Thunder Ridge High School

A high school in Idaho adopts a passive optical LAN system to reduce operational costs. Our thanks to Dave Lawes, RCDD, PMP, account manager for System Tech, and John Hoover, director of marketing at Tellabs, for helping gather information for this profile.

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Don’t Miss Feasibility Study Opportunities

A feasibility study can sometimes seem like a necessary evil, but it can be a major contributor to the long-term success of a community’s broadband project.

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Flexibility With Fiber in Multifamily

Fiber creates infrastructure and service options for community broadband installations.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Broadband: The New Anti-Viral Wonder Drug

NEXTGEN TV – the latest branding for ATSC 3.0 – has clear technical and moneymaking advantages over ATSC 1.0, the current standard for TV broadcasting and linear cable TV.

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Editor's Note: The Deadly Divide

In its economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, Congress missed the chance to address the digital divide.

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Fiber Dominates First Batch of ReConnect Awards

~ This article will appear in the March/April issue. ~

The Rural Utilities Service made good on its promise of world-class service. The first ReConnect grants and loans offer convincing proof that private investment could work in unserved and underserved areas, even though Wall Street shuns them.

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MDU Bulk Internet Is Affordable, Winnable, Doable

From managed Wi-Fi to DOCSIS to fiber to the unit, service providers have various options to pursue a successful MDU bulk internet strategy.

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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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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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Bandwidth Hawk: Start Preparing for New TV Standard

NEXTGEN TV – the latest branding for ATSC 3.0 – has clear technical and moneymaking advantages over ATSC 1.0, the current standard for TV broadcasting and linear cable TV.

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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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Making Rural Deployments A Reality

People in rural areas simply can’t rely on the same fiber-rich, centralized split model that works in more densely populated areas. Distributed tap architectures may offer a solution.

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Wireless Services Abound in the Multifamily Space

5G, CBRS and Wi-Fi wireless services all have a place. Building owners and developers can choose one that best meets their specific needs.

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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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Q&A with Evan Marwell, Founder and CEO, EducationSuperHighway: EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

With school connectivity goals accomplished, the program prepares to end, leaving new programs in place to make sure the classroom gap stays closed.

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Integrate Smart Technology for Exceptional Customer Experiences

Property owners need to incorporate smart-home technology into managing and upgrading their communities.

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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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Bandwidth Hawk: Stop Buying Huawei Equipment?

National policy is muddled, contradictory and almost certainly more drastic than security needs require. But facts don’t really seem to matter these days.

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Editor's Note: The US Needs A Community Broadband Policy

Every community shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel.

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Fiber Anyhaul: The ‘Build-It-Once’ Approach

As communities build out fiber infrastructure, they will be able to address a host of service opportunities: residential broadband, wireless backhaul, wholesale dark fiber, and pathways for future networks.

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Multifamily Renters Expect Smart Technologies

Smart technologies have become must-have amenities for renters and an effective way for property owners and management companies to achieve operational savings.

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Broadband Technology and Connectivity Take Center Stage at The NMHC 2019 OPTECH Show

As renters continue to acquire more connected devices, it’s clear that the role of network connectivity is changing the dynamics of the multifamily housing industry. New trends will be highlighted at the NMHC OPTECH Conference & Exposition this November.

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Greenlight Networks Meets Customer Demand With FTTH Internet-Only Broadband Approach

In the growing Rochester (New York) market, the service provider is effectively overcoming build challenges and educating consumers about how its internet-only approach benefits the transition to over-the-top video services.

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Editor's Note: MDU Knowns and Unknowns

Residents’ need for speed, their demand for video service and their interest in other technology amenities may vary from market to market, but the MDU world still has its eternal verities.

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Small Steps, Big Rewards, Real-World Learning in Practical Network Automation

Service providers are finding value in applying network automation to their transport networks. These new capabilities enable a host of services, such as 5G wireless, virtual reality (AR/VR), and the industrial internet of things – services that manual processes can’t support.

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When to Transition From Copper to Fiber

Weather, competition and operating costs are just a few reasons to switch – and the process may be easier than you think.

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2019 Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100

Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2019

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Fiber Presents Opportunities, Challenges for Providers

The 2019 edition of the Fiber Broadband Association’s annual conference, Fiber Connect, held in Orlando, Florida, in June, showcased many fiber community success stories and a variety of innovations that promise to expand fiber deployment. It highlighted how fiber can increase home values, why video is a competitive advantage for providers and new products and technologies that could transform the industry. It also brought to light the need to increase bandwidth and provide flexible service, permitting obstacles, and other challenges.

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The Power and Promise of Fiber Networks

As high-bandwidth connectivity influences our lives in ever more important ways, making proper investments in communications infrastructure to stay ahead of demand also becomes ever more important.

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Infrastructure Readiness For 5G and Beyond

Gyroscope-based 3D mapping of telecom ductwork will verify whether it’s ready for high-density fiber optic cable.

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Microtrenching Goes Mainstream

Under the right circumstances, it offers several advantages over macrotrenching, including cost and time savings.

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Editor's Note: The Winner’s Circle

This year’s FTTH Top 100 list reflects a healthy and growing fiber-to-the-home industry.

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Decoding the 10G Opportunity

Service providers set the pace for 10G broadband and beyond.

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Student Housing Technology: Predictions Versus Reality

A technology seer re-examines some bold predictions he and his team made in 2012. The verdict: not bad at all.

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Q&A with Geoff Burke, Chief Marketing Officer, Broadband Forum: Broadband at the Crossroads

An industry veteran takes a holistic look at drivers of broadband subscriber growth and the impacts of new broadband technologies.

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Hot Products: 18th Annual List of Leading Broadband Technologies & Services

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

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Cruzio Launches FTTH In Santa Cruz

Though its planned partnership with the city didn’t materialize, Cruzio now has an ambitious plan to deliver high-speed broadband throughout much of Santa Cruz County.

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Making Mobile Service an Amenity: Fourth and Madison, Seattle, Washington

Wireless coverage in office buildings is no longer a nice-to-have feature. It’s now something that business tenants expect. Seattle’s Fourth and Madison wants to stand out from the crowded office property pack by enhancing mobile coverage for its business tenants. Our thanks to Conner Hayes, assistant property manager of Hines, and Thom Antonopoulos, executive vice president of Connectivity Wireless Solutions, for helping gather information for this profile.

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Technology Strategies for Municipal Fiber Broadband

Building next-generation gigabit architecture and outstanding subscriber experience into today’s networks is a sound investment.

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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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The Future of Connected MDUs Starts Today

Smart properties satisfy residents, reduce expenses and increase revenues – but they require robust networks.

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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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Looking Ahead: Broadband in 2019

Fiber, cable and wireless providers, along with electric cooperatives, have big plans for broadband in 2019.

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AT&T Expands Fiber Broadband Options For MDUs

A new technology standard proves capable of accelerating the rollout of gigabit broadband to more MDU residents, extending fiber broadband speeds.

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Fixed Wireless to the MDU – A Case Study in Detroit

In an effort to deliver gigabit service to Detroit MDUs distant from its fiber backbone, Rocket Fiber experiments with millimeter-wave wireless delivery to the building.

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Making a Building Fiber-Ready

Following these guidelines will help building owners provide spaces, pathways and cables that service providers can use to deliver fiber optic services.

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A Tale of Two Signals

Installing converged fiber and 5G wireless networks in the same MDU or MTU building is challenging, but new equipment makes it feasible.

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Q&A With Richard Holtz, InfiniSys: The Way to Smart Apartments

A system architect of MDU technology amenity systems shares his views on the MDU market and the requirements for developers and owners to meet the needs of their residents.

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New Wireless Amenities

Technology isn’t all that’s changing in multifamily wireless service. Today’s new business models are disruptive as well.

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Prosperity and Broadband Access

Only fiber to the premises can support the new knowledge economy.

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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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Topics in Economic Development

Only fiber to the premises can support the new knowledge economy.

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2018 Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100

Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2018

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Make the Right Connections

Each segment of a fiber network has its own challenges and requirements, and each demands its own type of closure.

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The Customer Experience Imperative

Providers must amplify subscriber experiences to support connected homes and monetize gigabit broadband.

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Q&A With Colin Garner, Wolf Line Construction: Do's and Don'ts of Aerial Fiber

Aerial fiber deployments are attractive because they are less expensive than underground deployments, but there can be hidden traps. Here’s some advice about doing aerial right.

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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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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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The Case for Fixed Wireless

When the economics of fiber to the home don’t work, fixed wireless may provide an acceptable alternative – and sometimes serve as a transition to an all-fiber network.

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Communicating With Multifamily Community Members

Technology offers options for communicating with residents and prospective residents efficiently and effectively.

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Editor's Note: Congratulations To the FTTH Top 100 Companies

Some trends gleaned from Broadband Communities’ 2018 Top 100 list

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Climate Change, Outages And Networks

As the frequency and force of storms increase, network operators need to prepare for recovery of essential broadband service. Fiber is an important part of the equation.

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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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Fixed Wireless in Multifamily

What are the opportunities, roadblocks and future paths?

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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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Hot Products: 17th Annual List of Leading Broadband Technologies & Services

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

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Choosing the Right Network

A robust IP network delivers the services residents need.

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Fiber: Your Questions Answered

Do you want to know how far you can suspend fiber? Or how tight you can bend it? Or what role it plays in the wireless world? CommScope’s Mike Cooper has the answers to these questions and more.

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BROADBAND COMMUNITIES’ 17th 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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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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The Power of Always On

The move-in process is easier for residents, property owners and service providers alike when residents can turn up internet service without a phone call or truck roll.

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5G Technology: Smart Decisions for Smart Cities

5G wireless technology promises many benefits for cities and their residents, but cities need clear, well-thought-out policies for deploying the new infrastructure.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Playing by New Rules: A Very Special Summit

Technology, economics and political change are driving a very special Broadband Communities Summit this year.

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Fiber Is on the Rise, Reports Fiber Broadband Association

Deployments of fiber to the home in North America reached record levels in 2017, and according to all indications, they will continue to increase in 2018.

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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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Avoid the Wiring Trap

In-building wiring is essential for the stable internet access all residents demand. Sound strategy and planning can help asset managers, operators and developers avoid the worst wiring pitfalls.

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A New Technology Standard To Narrow the Digital Divide

The L.1700 standard can help support rural communications in developing countries – and perhaps in the United States as well.

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Enhancing Customer Care

Make purchasing broadband services a frictionless activity.

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Purchasing Bandwidth

Bandwidth isn’t all the same. Make sure the circuit you purchase is appropriate for your community’s needs.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Broadband for Rural Areas and the Poor? Fuggedaboudit!

Economic development in rural areas depends on broadband access – but the FCC’s current initiatives won’t help.

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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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Planning for Poles

Too many fiber network projects fail because deployers make unrealistic assumptions about pole attachments. Don’t let that happen to your project!

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Using Resident and Community Data

Service providers already have what they need to improve connectivity experiences in multifamily housing.

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Companies Whose Offerings Support Fiber for the New Economy

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Clean Up Your Act

Fiber networks are more reliable when the installation is kept clean.

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Order Versus Chaos In Student Housing

In dense housing, resident-owned wireless routers play havoc with internet quality. Sometimes a gentle reminder to turn off these routers isn’t enough.

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A Passive Optical LAN For Amtrak Headquarters

Amtrak chose a passive optical LAN as a simple, green, long-term solution for enterprise bandwidth and wireless connectivity.

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The Internet of Things Is Here

Property owners should secure their buildings’ smart technology.

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Best Practices for Installing Fiber in Buildings

Operators have several choices in installing fiber to an apartment or office unit. The right answer depends on building construction and other considerations.

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Is It Time to Renovate?

Property owners and managers need to know when to upgrade their broadband infrastructure.

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Make the Decision to Be Flexible

A provider that sells broadband services to multifamily communities must be able to tailor its sales and marketing strategy depending on who makes decisions for
the community.

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Editor's Note: Building a Fiber-Connected World

The annual FTTH Top 100 list is a window into what’s going on in the industry.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Another Detour for Rural Residents

Welcome to the world of white boxes (for the haves) and white spaces (for the have-nots).

 

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2017 Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100

Fiber-to-the-home leaders and innovators for 2017

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VoIP Services Boost Broadband Revenues

A cloud-based VoIP offering allows broadband providers to tap into the large residential and SMB voice markets without incurring capital expenses.

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Accelerating Broadband Deployment

The FCC examines what policy changes will help providers upgrade their networks.

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Visions of the Network of the Future In Orlando

The Fiber Broadband Association – formerly the FTTH Council – broadened its technology base but its conference emphasized fiber to the home as the ultimate goal.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Carrier Cooperation

Carriers already share many network assets, but they aren’t always forthcoming about these relationships. Why not accept the inevitable?

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In-Building Wireless Systems

Rapidly growing demand for cellular data inside large buildings makes distributed antenna systems increasingly necessary. Fortunately, technology advances have made such systems more affordable than they once were.

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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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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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The Circuits Circus

Managing a telecom network sometimes feels like managing a circus – but the right software can tame even the wildest beasts.

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Bandwidth Hawk: 5G: A Welcome Evolution

Wireless advances will make fiber networks easier to build and finance.

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The Network of the Future Is Already Here

The next generation of FTTH networks is already being deployed. NG-PON makes possible amazing speed, symmetrical service and the convergence of residential, business and mobile networks.

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Hot Products: 16th Annual List of Leading Broadband Technologies & Services

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

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The Pitfalls of Uncontrolled Access

Multifamily real estate owners should control access to their buildings, their infrastructure and their residents. Here’s why.

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Data-Driven Fiber Projects

An up-front investment in data can help cities build cost-efficient fiber networks that meet the needs of residents and businesses.

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A New Name in the Fiber Game

Fiber to the home is still a great idea. But fiber networks are just as important for businesses, cellular networks, innovation and more. Given today’s realities, “fiber broadband” is a better description of the endgame for broadband networks.

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Editor's Note: Looking Forward

Whatever else happens this year, count on progress toward all-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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