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Broadband Properties September 2006 Issue
IN THIS ISSUE:

President’s Letter
See The Power of Innovation At Our First Killer App Show
By Scott DeGarmo, President & CEO
Big bandwidth is enabling profound transformations.

Editor’s Note
Content and Services! Thousands Needed!
By Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
It is almost axiomatic in our industry that content, not bandwidth, sells. Thus, there’s plenty of talk about getting beyond the triple play.

Provider Perspective
Let’s Get In The Game
By Bryan Rader, MediaWorks
Private Cable Operators should add interactive video games to their product mix.

Programming
Notes from the Independent Show
By Michael A. Kashmer, Broadband Properties
Retransmission fees, gains for basic cable, localized programming spur new solutions.

The First Mile
Market Trend in Broadband
Carrier and consumer spending on broadband equipment is jumping, despite lower unit costs for the electronics and the cable.

BROADBAND POLICY

Regulatory Humility, Net Neutrality, Video Content and More
By Hilda Gay Legg, Legg Strategies
An eye-opening and wide-ranging BBP interview with new FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.

Start thinking about 3 to 30 Gbps by 2030!
By John George, OFS
You’d better plan for far more bandwidth than you think – the long-term growth rate has been about 40 percent a year, and video standards being discussed now will require at least 3Gbps and probably a lot more. Today’s networks can be inexpensively designed to eventually carry that traffic, though. Here’s how.

Accommodating Emerging IPTV Services
By Geoff Burk, Calix
HDTV and IPTV will vastly increase bandwidth requirements; fiber/copper technologies have a place in the short-term, though.

A Telecom Analyst Discusses Investments in Fiber Optic Networks
By Linda A. Schoener
Warning: The FTTH industry has not done enough to convince Wall Street that consumers will pay for high-bandwidth services in the next few years. That’s the word from FTTH expert Timm Bechter. The lesson: Think way beyond the triple play toward custom services that won’t become low-price commodities on line.

FEATURES

Training
Fiber Optic Association Coordinates FTTH Training
By Jim Hayes, The Fiber Optic Association
Technicians with Outside Plant experience can learn FTTx in just a few days, at 150 training centers around the United States. Other courses might take two weeks. Here are the details.

Technology
Fiber Terminal Distribution Systems Cut Developer Cost and Risk
By David Meis, Corning Cable Systems
A seemingly simple idea – leaving an inexpensive terminal block in the handhole to connect future homes – saves a bundle on deployments.

International
Financing Amsterdam’s Huge FTTH Build
By Gordon Cook, The COOK Report on Internet
An interview with Herman Wagter, Managing Director of Amsterdam’s CityNet, about how the public/private partnership works. Amsterdam’s open-access network will bring fiber all the way to the insides of more than 400,000 businesses and dwelling units.

INDEPENDENT TELCOS

Independent Telcos and FTTH
By Masha Zager, Contributing Editor
Our monthly summary of news of special interest to independent telcos. This issue: Broadband increasingly available in rural areas; National Telecommunications Cooperative Association; Calix Leads Key North American Broadband Markets; Corning and ADC get USDA rural certifications.

Mahaska Communication Group Trumps Incumbent by Going GPON
By Frank Hansen, Mahaska Communication Group
An Iowa-based lighting firm built broadband for itself, then the community.

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