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Broadband Properties June 2005 Issue
In this Issue:

President's Letter:
A Trip To Dallas Of Unlimited Value
By Scott DeGarmo, President & CEO
Well, Not Quite Dallas. Irving Is Even Better. The Broadband Properties Summit planned for September 12 - 14, 2005.

Editor's Note:
You Can't Do Wireless Without Fiber … And It Won't Cure the Digital Divide
By Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
Wi-Fi, WiMAX or fiber? The question exposes one digital divide: Between municipal officials and the engineers who develop the standards the systems reply on.

Provider's Prospective:
What is The Best Measuring Stick?
Bryan Rader, Media Works
Other measurements have their place, but happiness is positive cash flow!

Foreign-Language Programming Isn't A Luxury
Michael A. Kashmer, Broadband Properties
Have ethnic consumers in your system or property? Need an addition to your lineup that the competition, both franchise cable and satellite, probably doesn't have? Want to attract and hold on to valuable upscale triple-play broadband customers? An ethnic niche service may be the answer.

The Law:
The Case For Municipal FTTX
Carl E. Kandutsch, Esq.
In this article, former FCC attorney Kandutsch assumes that there is a sound rationale for municipal broadband generally. He focuses on why fiber is the optimal last-mile network solution, particularly for municipal broadband.

The Case Against Municipal FTTx
David P. McClure, President, US Internet Industry Association
What if muni broadband was all a great big lie? The Memphis City Council last month refused to put more money into Networx, the public/private broadband company it started in 1999. There are other systems in trouble as well.


Cover Story:
FTTP Update - 398 Systems in 43 States!
Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
Business is booming. American fiber deployments nearly doubled in the six months from October 2004 to this April, from 217 systems to 398 in more than 400 communities. The number of homes passed by fiber increased more than 60 percent to more than 1.6 million in the same period.


Wireless Broadband:
You Don't Know Jack?
Allen Dixon, Corning Cable Systems
Unobtrusive distributed antenna systems fed by fiber are not just for TV heroes - and they are probably the key to easy deployment of municipal-area networks.

Wireless Broadband:
More Spectrum, More Issues: A Changing Regulatory Climate
Robert D. Primosch, Esq.
Federal regulators are more focused than ever on promoting wireless broadband service. But you can get burned setting up a new system, unless you are careful.

Wireless Broadband:
DOCSIS Is Not Just For Cable Anymore
Srini Kola, Founder and CEO, C9 Networks
What wireless operators have to know about the industry-standard Cable Modem Termination System, and why it is as important for designers of modern wireless broadband systems as it is for cable operators.

Wireless Broadband:
Next Wi-Fi Standard Delayed. So What?
Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
The IEEE 802.11n task group can't decide on a draft standard for the new Wi-Fi. But one key component, MIMO, is already on dealer shelves. Should system operators buy in? And what about WiMAX?


Letters to the Editor