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Broadband Properties November 2005 Issue

IN THIS ISSUE:

President’s Letter:
“We Are Convinced The Future Is Fiber”
By Scott DeGarmo, President & CEO
With 3.5 million American homes expected to have access to fiber optic connections by year’s end, we see an emerging conviction that FTTH is the most desirable option.

Editor’s Note:
Consolidation Wave Hits FTTH: What Should Customers Do?
By Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
Companies that build in the First Mile have been consolidating. The latest big merger occurred just a few weeks before we went to press. Optical Solutions, Inc., a company that has probably built more fiber systems than any other in North America, was bought by Calix, the national leader in improving broadband carrier loops.

Providers Perspective
Is it Time to Ring the Bell of Concern?
By Bryan Rader, MediaWorks
Fiber may finally let telephone companies bring video to multiple dwelling unit buildings. But they’ve tried before. Private Cable Operators should watch them, of course, but should not panic.

The Glass Mile
Capsule Summaries of Trend Data for Broadband Properties
The focus this month is on international data. Worldwide broadband projections… what people want from broadband… visualizing broadband speeds… fiber optic cable balance of trade… NTT data on broadband monthly price trends versus DSL in Japan.

Las Vegas FTTH Conference
FTTH is No Gamble
By Lawrence Kingsley, Contributing Editor
Conferees generally agree that public-private partnerships are needed to push fiber into every corner of America . Lower deployment prices and new flexibility in equipment help everybody add to homes passed, however.

Technology
Soul of a First Mile Innovator: Q&A With Kevin Daines of WWP
By Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
The CTO of fiber pioneer World Wide Packets looks ahead to 2006 with optimism. He sees the company involved as much in carrier Ethernet and metro edge networks as in the first mile, however.

Programming Update
Keeping Up with Content, Context and Demographics
By Michael A. Kashmer, Broadband Properties
Adding phone service to in-building video, distributing video by mobile phone, and adding to the video lineup are among the things cable providers can do to keep customers.

NATIONAL FIBER SURVEY

FTTP Update
Fiber Systems Triple in a Year
By Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
As of last month there were at least 656 FTTH systems in 46 states. At this time lat year, there were 217. Verizon and independent telcos lead in new deployments, adding more than 80 percent of the systems that started serving customers in the past six months alone.

INDEPENDENT TELCOS

News Roundup
Independent Telcos and FTTH
By Masha Zager, Contributing Editor
What’s going on at ATMC, Bulloch Telephone Cooperative; Comporium Communications; ComSouth Telecommunications; Falcon Broadband; PBT Telecom; Pinnacle Communications; Public Service Telephone Company of Reynolds, Georgia; Santa Rosa Telephone Cooperative; Telepak Networks and more.

BBP Report
Michigan’s Allband Communications Cooperative: Fiber to All the Homes
By Masha Zager, Contributing Editor
For a brand-new company, Allband Communications Cooperative has already racked up an impressive string of firsts: First provider to bring telephone and Internet service to its Northern Michigan service area; first new telephone cooperative formed in decades; first telecommunications company whose business plan was developed as a graduate school class exercise; first to bring fiber to all homes in its ILEC service area.

BUYERS GUIDE

2006 Buyers Guide
A Broadband Properties Staff Project
Our biggest and most detailed guide yet! Almost 70 entries, up more than 20 percent from last year. More detailed than ever, too: 30 pages, almost double last year’s guide. There are national giants listed, but also fast-growing regionals and niche companies. Use the guide to find firms to help with design, construction, system operation and content.

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