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Broadband Properties October 2006 Issue

IN THIS ISSUE:

President's Letter
Sharing The Feedback From Dallas Summit
By Scott DeGarmo, President & CEO
A bigger event offered more resources to tap.


Editor's Note
New FTTH Certification Will Benefit The Public
By Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
The FTTH Council took a giant step toward greater public understanding of fiber optic technology's value proposition last month, with establishment of a certification program for FTTH homes.

Provider Perspective
I Sold the Company!
By Bryan Rader � MediaWorks
After ten years of building on of the most successful private cable companies in his area, Bryan Rader sold his company. Here's a rather personal look back at the yearlong process.


Programming
Cable Programming Buzz: Is It Gone?
By Michael A. Kashmere � Broadband Properties
The rise of Web video has exacerbated cable's already slowing growth. Subscriber revenues to programmers are growing only about 8-10 percent. Ad sales growth in many cases has shrunk to zero. Many nets are hitting the wall. Niche Nets Beware!

The First Mile
Focus this month: Mobile Technology Moneymakers
Broadband in general � fiber and wireless in particular � continue to expand fast, worldwide. Broadband penetration in the European Union. Hardware sales demonstrate continuing broadband boom. China will be top broadband market by 2007. Small and medium businesses would buy VoIP � if they only knew where. Worldwide cellular connections pass 2.5 billion. Real-time broadcast MPEG encoder market in transition. WiMAX on track to compete for dominance in wireless markets.

Marketing
Wow! 1 Million FTTH Customers
By Steven S. Ross � Editor-in-Chief
The number of fiber to the home customers tripled in the past year. There are now more than 1 million homes directly connected to FTTH networks. The word comes from Michael Render of RVA, who announced the tally at the annual FTTH Council meeting in Las Vegas October 5.

DALLAS SUMMIT COVERAGE

More than 700 Gather in Dallas for BBP Summit
By Steven S. Ross � Editor-in-Chief

All-Star Advice for MDU and MPC Deployments

What Owners and Providers Want

Bill Burhop Leads IMCC Gathering

Competitive Strategies in a Triple Play World

Niche Strategies from the Providers' View

Ft. Wayne and FiOS � Wired and Inspired

2006 Cornerstone Awards

Corning Growth Forum
A BBP Staff Report
Fiber helps developers make money. Corning brought some of them together at the Summit to explain how and to give some outstanding examples.

FEATURES

Financing FTTH
Fiber, Coax or DSL? Meeting Customer Upstream Bandwidth Demand
David R. Kozischek � Corning Cable Systems
Our third straight month of stories stimulated by Cable Labs' report that only fiber can meet looming bandwidth demands. In our August issue, the author focused on the downstream needs. This month he focuses on the upstream portion of the network and bandwidth requirements needed to meet projected customer demand.

INDEPENDENT TELCOS

Independent Telco Deployments
By Masha Zager � Contributing Editor
Broadweave Networks: Cooperative Telephone Exchange; Infinity Communications; New Knoxville Telephone Company; Occam Networks; Scott County Telephone Cooperative; Telco Systems; Wave7 Optics; Westphalia Telephone Company; Windstream Communications.

Shentel: Mid-Size Telco in the Future
By Masha Zager � BBP Telecom Editor
At Shentel, a midsize telco headquartered in Edinburg, Virginia, the management believes its size is the company's greatest advantage. As executive vice president Earle MacKenzie explains, �We want to be large enough to serve our customers well, but small enough to not lose the personal touch.�

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