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Broadband Properties December 2005 Issue

IN THIS ISSUE:

President’s Letter
Job One: Expanding The Fiber Footprint
By Scott DeGarmo, President & CEO
Mile by mile, the light network grows.

Editor’s Note
Beyond Anecdotal: Broadband is Good for Communities
By Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
A week does not go by without a reader asking about studies on the economic impact of broadband. Often, readers are asked by a banker to justify a broadband proposal – either as a developer, or a municipal official, or as an officer of an independent company or equipment vendor.

Provider Perspective
Act Like a Guerilla to Beat a Gorilla
By Bryan Rader, MediaWorks
Creative marketing – guerilla marketing – often wins out against companies with unlimited ad budgets.

The Glass Mile
Capsule Summaries of Trend Data for Broadband
The focus this month is on emerging technology and price drops. Covered are: Japanese cell phone e-cash; markets for ca­ble broadband equipment; explosive growth in customer prem­ises equipment; IPTV projections; valuation of rural systems.

Municipal Broadband
Opportunity Iowa: The Vote is In
By Lawrence Kingsley, Contributing Editor
In public referendums held by 29 Iowa communities last month, 17 communities voted to establish public utilities for broadband; 12 voted it down. The number of people who could theoretically be served by muni broadband in the state doubled, to 400,000.

The Law
FTTH in Multi-Tenant Environments
By Carl E. Kandutsch, Ph.D., J.D.
Former FCC attorney Kandutsch answers some key regulatory and competitive questions raised by telcos’ push into video de­livery: Do the FCC’s “inside wiring” rules apply to telcos deliv­ering triple play over fiber?

COVER STORY

Bandwidth Matters
Measuring Broadband’s Economic Impact
By William H. Lehr, Carlos A. Osorio
Sharon E. Gillett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Marvin A. Sirbu, Carnegie Mellon University
From 1999 to 2002, American communities with broadband access did significantly better than those without, this detailed national survey shows.

INDEPENDENT TELCOS 

Independent Telcos and FTTH
By Masha Zager, Contributing Editor
This month, our roundup of news of special interest to in­dependent telephone companies features our exclusive list of FTTP projects announced by non-RBOC ILECs since Sep­tember, 2003.

Economic Development
Broadband, and Google, Come to Rural Oregon
By Marsha Spellman, Freelance Writer
A beautiful Columbia River Gorge setting wasn’t enough to save The Dalles; fiber did it. The rural community of The Dalles, Oregon will soon be a new home of Google, housing a giant server farm. The town is nestled in the Columbia River Gorge two hours by car from Portland.

PROGRAMMING

Programming
The New, New World of Cable TV
By Michael A. Kashmer, Broadband Properties Magazine
Last month’s deal-making has changed the industry forever. First up was the Yahoo! and TiVo deal. Next was the NBC Uni­versal and DirecTV video-on-demand deal. That was followed by a Video on Demand (VOD) deal between CBS and Com­cast. What will the changes bring? And what about à la carte pricing?

Programming Guide
2006 Programming Guide
A BBP Staff Report
This year’s expanded guide offers descriptions of almost 80 net­works, along with some of the industry’s top distributors to private cable operators and independent telephone companies. There’s more family and religious programming, more music (especially for post-teens), and far more non-fiction (history, biography, nature and science).

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