If you are looking for help coordinating a complex network project, differentiating a multifamily property, delivering broadband to unserved or underserved communities, upgrading existing networks with state-of-the-art equipment, meeting customers' insatiable demand for bandwidth or attracting new businesses to your community, this is the place to start.

The products and services described here make deploying networks and services faster, easier, and less expensive than ever before. These vendors can help you plan and execute your project.

The 2018 Buyers Guide is for:

  • Property owners and developers
  • Telecommunications service providers of all kinds 
  • Municipal officials and advisors
  • Contractors, consultants, integrators, and installers 
  • Banks and other capital sources

Staff members who participated in the production of this series include Irene Prescott and Dennise Argil.

 

Featured Companies

These are the companies featured in the Buyers Guide graphic above.

Click to jump to each company's Buyers Guide profile:

 

3-GIS

 
Address
 
350 Market St, Suite C
Decatur, AL 35601
 
 
Contact Information
 
Terry Price
 
 
Customers
  • Telcos
 
Products/Services
  • Back-Office Software
 
 

ADTRAN

 

ADTRAN Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN's products enable voice, data, video, and internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com.

 
Address
 
901 Explorer Blvd NW
Huntsville, AR 35806
 
 
Contact Information
 
Ashley Schulte
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
  • Broadband Equipment
  • Wireline Broadband Equipment
 
 

Advanced Broadband Supply

 

Advanced Broadband Supply is FTTx Central, stocking all your fiber connectivity needs with hardline and drop fiber, several drop enclosures for outside plant and MDUs, various types of PLC splitters, fast connectors, fiber bundles, fiber rosettes, patch panels, ODFs, cleaning supplies, tools, and test equipment. We have large inventories and aggressive pricing, making us the right supply connection. In addition, we have all your HFC and DOCSIS products in stock, from HFC - GPON, including cable modems, amplifiers, optical nodes, and much more. We are here to simplify the purchasing process with prompt and professional service.

 
Address
 
10100 NW 116th Way #3
Medley, FL 33178
 
 
Contact Information
 
John Zaldivas
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Hospitality
  • Municipalities
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
  • Wireless Broadband Equipment
  • In-Home Cabling and Networking
  • Test Equipment
  • Wireline Broadband Equipment
  • Optical Fiber and Cable
 
 

AT&T

 

Bringing AT&T internet to existing MDUs. AT&T will revolutionize how high-speed internet is deployed to existing multi-dwelling-unit buildings (MDUs). G.fast will utilize existing copper cabling in MDUs to minimize disruption and deliver high-speed internet (download speeds up to 500 Mbps) where fiber overbuild designs do not meet property owner needs. AT&T's new approach is especially helpful in condominiums where access to individual units is not feasible. With G.fast, we still need to bring fiber to each building, but from the building we will utilize existing wire within the building to deliver service to tenants up to 300 feet. AT&T expects G.fast to serve as an alternative solution to fiber overbuild and help expand the number of buildings that AT&T can reach with internet speeds above 100 Mbps. Interested property owners can go to www.att.com/fiberproperties to learn more and see if they qualify for a complimentary property design.

 
Address
 
208 S Akard St
Dallas, TX 75202
 
 
 
 
Contact Information
 
AJ Mada
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
 
Products/Services
  • Voice/Video/Internet Services
 
 

Calix

 

Calix is a global leader in platform innovations for access networks and a leading provider of fiber access platforms and cloud services. Municipalities and utilities worldwide leverage Calix fiber across expertise to become the broadband service provider of choice to their subscribers. Visit www.calix.com for more information.

 
Address
 
1035 N McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94954
 
 
Contact Information
 
Carl Meyerhoeferl
 
 
Customers
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
 
Products/Services
  • Back-Office Software
  • Wireless Broadband Equipment
  • Wireline Broadband Equipment
 
 

Charles Industries, Ltd.

 

Charles Below Grade Enclosures (CBGE) are lightweight, molded polyethylene handholes available in a variety of tapered rectangular and round sizes. Designed for light-duty placements (parkway/greenbelt applications), these sturdy, below-grade enclosures serve a variety of purposes in telecommunications, wireless, utility, and broadband cable networks.

Constructed from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Charles Below Grade Enclosures are built to provide years of maintenance-free service and superior shelter for buried network components. CBGE allow technicians easy, grade-level handhole access to splice cases, control valves, slack cable, and other equipment at network junctions. Molded-in or applied nameplates offer convenient identification, and several security bolt patterns are available. All Charles CBGE products are manufactured in the USA.

 
Address
 
1450 American Lane, 20th Floor
Schaumburg, IL 60173
 
 
Contact Information
 
Brad Wackerlin
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Municipalities
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
  • Wireless Broadband Equipment
  • Wireline Broadband Equipment
 
 

Clearfield

 

Clearfield is the Fiber to the Anywhere company - with a Fiber to the Anywhere product platform. Clearfield delivers a streamlined, practical approach when it comes to the distribution, consolidation, management, and protection of fiber. Whether delivering fiber to the home, MDU, cell tower, or business, Clearfield's FieldSmart fiber management platform, CraftSmart OSP fiber enclosures, and FieldShield terminals, microduct, pushable fiber, and drop cable platform, set the standard for a scalable fiber optic network and unmatched fiber performance while lowering the cost of broadband deployment.

 
Address
 
7050 Winnetka Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55428
 
 
Contact Information
 
Tony Lammers
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Government
  • Railroad
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
  • In-Home Cabling and Networking
  • Optical Fiber and Cable
 
 

Corning Optical Communications

 

Connect Your Community to a Brighter Future

Access to affordable and reliable high-speed broadband is vital to a community's economic development. Communities that are endeavoring to provide this service face unique challenges, and we're here to help. Corning's Community Broadband Integrators Program provides a comprehensive, turn-key approach to municipal fiber deployments. Working with Corning, communities can access the product and services expertise of our entire broadband ecosystem - from passive and active components to network planning and design, construction, operation, and maintenance.

A great first step for communities considering a fiber network is completing a feasibility study. Corning offers a free preliminary feasibility study that includes detailed design and costs for passive and active components, construction and operation, and maintenance, as well as funding options to consider.

We're Here. We Understand. We Can Help. Let's Connect. Visit www.corning.com/muni.

 
Address
 
800 17th St NW
Hickory, NC 28601
 
 
Contact Information
 
Alyson Moore
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Hospitality
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
  • Development Organizations
 
Products/Services
  • Back-Office Software
 
 

COS Systems Inc.

 

COS Systems delivers cloud-hosted software to plan, build, and manage broadband networks globally.

COS Service Zones allows network builders to draw completing zones, or "fiberhoods", across their cities and see real-time demand grow as customers sign up using branded websites. Once target take rates are reached, the networks are deployed, backed by committed customers and secured revenue.

COS Service Zones delivers subscriber-backed, successful broadband networks and no more failed projects.

COS Business Engine is a proven network management solution (BSS/OSS) supporting both single-provider and open-access networks. Subscribers buy their internet services from an online marketplace, which increases take rates, ARPU, and customer satisfaction, as the network owner can offer 24/7 availability, while reaching maximum operations efficiency, thanks to the extensive use of self-service solutions and automation.

COS Systems takes customer needs and creates innovative software solutions that streamline customers' business processes, boost sales and profitability, and create satisfied customers.

 
Address
 
42 Broadway, Suite 12-206
New York, NY 10004
 
 
Contact Information
 
Isak Finer
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Hospitality
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
  • Development Organizations
 
Products/Services
  • Back-Office Software
 
 

GigabitNow

 

GigabitNow offers turn-key solutions for the planning, design, construction, operation, and support of gigabit fiber-to-the-home and wireless point-to-point networks. Offering custom internet solutions for small and medium communities nationwide since 2004, GigabitNow has expertise in a variety of fiber network architectures (FTTx), wireless and outside-plant (OSP) deployments. GigabitNow is an expert in working with customers in determining the best fiber solutions for their communities. We have several public and private community fiber and construction projects across the West Coast, with specific experience in master-planned communities. We have completed both overbuild and greenfield network constructions as well as point-to-point wireless deployments. GigabitNow is in the business of planning, building, connecting, operating, and supporting fiber networks for communities across the country. Contact us today to discuss how we can bring gigabit faster broadband to your community.

 
Address
 
1284 Interurban Ave S
Seattle, WA 98168
 
 
Contact Information
 
Dan Sivils
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Hospitality
  • Municipalities
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
 
 

GLDS

 

Since 1980, GLDS has helped small operators look big by providing reliable, full-featured billing, and management software at affordable prices - including cloud-based options that require a much smaller investment. Partnering with major equipment suppliers, GLDS supports FTTH, IPTV, DOCSIS, OTT, LTE, TVE, cloud service, wireless, satellite, mobile payments, and legacy delivery systems. It has installed solutions for more than 800 small and midsize broadband operators, including FTTH, cable, satellite, and wireless operators ranging in size from startups to providers with more than 450,000 customers. GLDS has offices in California, Wisconsin, and Lithuania, and it supports operators in 49 US states and 47 countries worldwide. Key products include BroadHub for customer management and billing and SuperController for multiservice automated provisioning. WinForce Tech, a mobile workforce management platform, empowers field techs with tools previously available only to office staff. Available in native Android and browser-based platforms, WinForce Tech is fully-integrated with BroadHub.

 
Address
 
5954 Priestly Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
 
 
 
Contact Information
 
Kevin Kononcheck
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Hospitality
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
 
Products/Services
  • Back-Office Software
 
 

Graybar

 
 
 
Address
 
34 N Meramec Ave
St. Louis, MO 63105
 
 
Contact Information
 
Heather Delz
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
  • Wireless Broadband Equipment
  • In-Home Cabling and Networking
  • Test Equipment
  • Wireline Broadband Equipment
  • Optical Fiber and Cable
 
 

Hubbell Power Systems

 

Hubbell Power Systems Inc. (HPS) is a global manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of network infrastructure products that support construction and maintenance of a wide variety of OSP network types, whether fiber, coax, twisted pair, or wireless. Our brands include names you know and trust, including Quazite, PenCell, Chance, Fargo, OptiLoop, Electric Motion Company, and Hubbell. Product families for OSP networks include underground enclosures, pedestals, dog houses, pole and drop line hardware, guy anchors, aerial slack storage systems, ADSS support hardware, fiber splice closures, a complete line of bonding and grounding hardware, and tools including linemangrade gear and Kellems cable pulling grips.

Based in Columbia, South Carolina, with a reputation for quality achieved by serving electric utilities and their demanding reliability requirements, HPS supplies OSP infrastructure products to all types of communications network owners and those who build and maintain those networks.

 
Address
 
200 Center Point Circle
Columbia, SC 29210
 
 
Contact Information
 
Janet Daurity
 
 
Customers
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
 
 

Lite Access Technologies

 

World leader in narrow/microtrench deployment methodologies, encompassing all aspects of fiber optic deployment for the FTTx and backbone market.

 
Address
 
20678 Duncan Way Unit 5
Langley, B.C. Canada V3A 7A3
 
 
Contact Information
 
Gary Stahlbrand
 
 
Customers
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Municipalities
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
  • Optical Fiber and Cable
  • Design/Engineering/Construction
 
 

National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC)

 

Place the power of true account management in your customers' hands! With NISC's SmartHub Order Management, your customers have the power to manage existing services as well as add and upgrade packages 24/7. Your new customers will have the ability to not only shop and compare traditional services, wireless plans, and devices but also sign up and purchase on the spot while providing all information necessary to establish the new customer. This SmartHub-based solution uses your existing website to market services based on service location and fully customizable business rules that accommodate hundreds of bundling configurations. The shopping cart functionality will allow your customers to see their price change in real time as they add and upgrade services, thus reducing the confusion account adjustments can cause. Let your website do the work and redirect your customer service representatives' time to more critical tasks with NISC's SmartHub Order Management.

 
Address
 
One Innovation Circle
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367
 
 
Contact Information
 
Todd Henecke
 
 
Customers
  • Telcos
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
 
Products/Services
  • Back-Office Software
  • Customer-Facing Software
 
 

NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association

 

NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies, provides a range of human resources and board development consulting services that lead to improved efficiency, increased education, and innovative ideas. Our services are easily customizable to meet your needs and allow you to focus on other priorities while our HR and telco board experts work with your staff.

Board Training and Development
Board training is just one of the educational services offered by NTCA. With this 11-module development series, you have the option to choose either one module or many, providing the flexibility needed to create a unique board-training experience.

Human Resources Consulting Services
NTCA's human resources professionals have helped many small, independent telcos bring out the best in their employees and business by offering training, recruitment, and other HR services customized for each individual business to achieve employee excellence.

 
Address
 
4121 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22203
 
 
 
 
Contact Information
 
Jennifer Jushchuk
 
 
Customers
  • Telcos
 
Products/Services
  • Human Resources Consulting Services
  • Board Training & Development
 
 

OFS

 

OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer, and provider of optical fiber, fiber optic cable, connectivity, fiber-to-the-subscriber (FTTx), and specialty photonics products. We provide reliable, cost-effective solutions for a broad range of applications, including telecommunications, medicine, industrial automation, sensing, government, aerospace, and defense. These products help our customers meet the needs of consumers and businesses today and into the future.

Headquartered in Norcross (near Atlanta), Georgia, OFS is a global provider with facilities in China, Denmark, Germany, Russia, and the United States. OFS is part of Furukawa Electric Company, a multibillion-dollar leader in optical communications.

Please visit www.ofsoptics.com.

 
Address
 
2100 Northeast Expressway
Norcross, GA 30071
 
 
Contact Information
 
Michael Fortin
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Hospitality
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
  • In-Home Cabling and Networking
  • Optical Fiber and Cable
  • Design/Engineering/Construction
 
 

Pavlov Media

 

Pavlov Media is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, and offers broadband and television services nationally. The company provides fiber services on its national backbone network, delivering speeds up to 10 gigabits (10,000 Mbps). Pavlov Media specializes in private Internet Protocol networks designed, constructed, and operated by a team of dedicated professionals from the multifamily real estate industry. Pavlov Media adds value to properties and businesses by delivering IP products that enhance customer satisfaction and protect assets.

Currently, Pavlov Media serves nearly 200 communities in 43 states and Canada.

The company is the only MDU provider that offers a national network backbone with 15 data centers and fiber optic services. Additionally, Pavlov Media is directly peered with more than 170 content providers, which gives its communities direct access to the most popular content and improved performance.

For more information, visit www.pavlovmedia.com.

 
Address
 
206 N Randolph Street, Suite 200
Champaign, IL 61821
 
 
Contact Information
 
Chris Hunt
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
 
Products/Services
  • Voice/Video/Internet Services
 
 

Power & Tel

 

Power & Tel helps you get the most out of your supply chain by combining our dedicated, customer-first approach with years of experience and innovative technologies. We fulfill your ever-changing inventory needs, allowing you to concentrate on what's really important - your customers. Power & Tel, your premier supply-chain partner in the global communications marketplace.

 
Address
 
2673 Yale Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112
 
 
Contact Information
 
Melissa Seibring
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Hospitality
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
 
Products/Services
  • Voice/Video/Internet Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
  • Wireless Broadband Equipment
  • In-Home Cabling and Networking
  • Test Equipment
  • Wireline Broadband Equipment
  • Optical Fiber and Cable
  • Design/Engineering/Construction
 
 

Preformed Line Products

 

Preformed Line Products offers innovative product solutions such as the COYOTE family of fiber optic splice closures, organizers, and trays and the ARMADILLO family of copper splice closures and accessories. The reliability of our full line of fiber optic, copper, demarcation, bonding, strand, and cable solutions combined with our knowledgable sales team and technical support services makes PLP the connection you can count on.

Our technical support and customer service people are there when you need them to assist in specifications, to work with you in the field, and to help you with problems. And in the event of an emergency we are there to make certain you immediately have the products, services, and support you need to restore services to your customers quickly.

Visit www.preformed.com or call +1 (440) 461-5200 to find out more about our products and newest closure, the COYOTE STP (Service Termination Point).

 
Address
 
660 Beta Drive
Mayfield Village, OH 44143
 
 
Contact Information
 
Brendan O'Boyle
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
  • In-Home Cabling and Networking
  • Outside and Inside Plant
 
 

Spectrum Community Solutions

 

Spectrum Community Solutions is dedicated to the multifamily industry. By providing customized Wi-Fi, TV, and voice solutions, we partner with multifamily housing professionals to enable them to exceed their goals and enhance their business. Spectrum Community Solutions integrates superior entertainment and communications products with dedicated 24/7 customer and technical support, helping property owners attract and retain more residents and increase property value.

With scalable fiber connections serving enterprise-grade managed Wi-Fi, each resident can stream video, download music, upload photos, and more from their portable devices everywhere on a property. Later in 2017 and into 2018, Charter will introduce Spectrum Internet Gig service, available to new and existing Spectrum Pricing and Packaging (SPP) residential customers in several markets. Spectrum Internet Gig will deliver wired download speeds of up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds of 35 Mbps and requires professionally installed equipment. We also provide tools that enable property managers to evaluate the performance of their network amenity and leverage access to the amenity to drive improved opertional and financial efficiencies.

 
Address
 
400 Atlantic Street
Stamford, CT 06901
 
 
Contact Information
 
Joe Varello
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
 
Products/Services
  • Voice/Video/Internet Services
  • Community Wi-Fi
 
 

Synergy Fiber

 

Synergy Fiber is a recognized leader in managed communications services, providing total technology solutions for our targeted multitenant "certified giga-buildings". We are a value-driven company that believes in maintaining a synergistic relationship with our employees, clients, vendors, and property managers. Our industry-leading designs include gigabit fiber infrastructure, Ruckus Wi-Fi, and DISH satellite television. Our turnkey package incorporates structured cabling design, video security systems, and buildingwide access control as a total building solution. We continue to manage and support building infrastructure and client needs after turn-up with our 24/7/365 global help desk, providing you peace of mind throughout the life of your property. Whether your project is new construction, retrofitting, or rebranding the technology at your property, Synergy can help you achieve your goals.

 
Address
 
3131 S State St, Suite 306-307
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
 
 
Contact Information
 
Andres Gomez
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
 
Products/Services
  • Voice/Video/Internet Services
  • Design/Engineering/Construction
 
 

Thermo Bond Buildings

 

In business for four decades, Thermo Bond Buildings has provided buildings for thousands of companies, including eight of the 10 largest market cap companies in the United States. We manufacture turnkey FTTH and ILA buildings and are quickly becoming the nation's leader in modular data centers. We offer lightweight, metal, and concrete solutions in virtually any size to support your equipment. Our lightweight buildings feature composite fiberglass aggregate siding or a variety of architectural finishes. For applications that require a harderned facility, Thermo Bond's pre-cast concrete buildings are naturally resistant to bullets, vandals, and fire. Built to your specifications, our buildings are either standard or fully integrated. Our experienced technicians and licensed electricians can lower your overall site costs by engineering, procuring, and installing your specialized equipment.

We also factory test all equipment to ensure quality and reliability. Thermo Bond provides quality workmanship, friendly customer service, flexible integration capabilities, and dependable, on-time delivery.

 
Address
 
109 E Pleasant St
PO Box 445
Elk Point, SD 57025
 
 
Contact Information
 
Mike Pottebaum
 
 
Customers
  • MDU/PCO
  • Telcos
  • Cable TV
  • Municipalities
  • Electric Co-Ops
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber Building
 
 

WideOpen Networks

 
 
Address
 
2000 Kraft Drive, Suite 2150
Blacksburg, VA 24060
 
 
Contact Information
 
Andrew Cohill
 
 
Customers
  • Communities
 
Products/Services
  • Fiber and Cable Connectivity
  • Design/Engineering/Construction
 
 
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