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Broadband Properties Magazine December 2007 Issue

THIS MONTH

President’s Letter
Take it to the Bank: Summit Has Proven Value
By Scott DeGarmo, President & CEO
Like our editorial, the Summit (April 28 – 30) keeps paying off.

Editor’s Note
Fiber: Powerful Implications for Economic Development
By Steven S. Ross, Editor-in-Chief
Each December, we dwell at greater length than usual on the economic benefits of fiber-to-the-home. What we look for especially are studies that you can literally take to the bank. When we find these, we publish them at length.

COVER STORY

Economic Development
Valuing Network Neutrality
By Mark Gaynor, Boston University, and Scott Bradner, Harvard University
A new perspective on net neutrality: Network Operators may benefit by encouraging competing services on their networks. The rest of the economy benefits, too.

IN THIS ISSUE

Provider Perspective
Can another New Product Secure The Future?
By Bran J. Rader, Bandwidth Consulting LLC
A new generation of home security systems is arriving. Private cable operators should sit up and take notice.

The First Mile
New Reports on Broadband and Economic Development
Broadband adoption in California generates new jobs, but the costs to the nation as a whole of failing to achieve universal broadband are “staggering.”

Why We Need More Fiber
Economic Development, Education, Public Health, Sustainable Development… We Could Go On
The cable experts in Portland, Oregon’s city government list some reasons for building a community fiber network.

Programming
TV Online or on Your Cell: The Experiments Falter
By Michael Kashmer, Broadband Properties
Providers, new and old, are testing video delivery methods. The technology works fine; the business model is still up in the air.

Fiber Deployment Roundup
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fiber
By Masha Zager, Broadband Properties
Verizon and NTT “fill the pipe” with HDTV and Wii, respectively; a Wisconsin telco plans for 400 Mbps; futuristic network being developed for Bahrain Bay.

Opinion
Houston, We Have a Problem: Lessons from the OEN Collapse
By Lawrence Kingsley, Contributing Editor
Optical Entertainment Network’s FISION is no longer providing services, but its FTTH strategy wasn’t the problem.

LEADING DISTRIBUTORS

The Hottest Distributors and VARs for 2008
A BBP Staff Report
Video-equipment distributors are adding fiber products to their catalogs and fiber expertise to their service lineups.

BROADBAND APPS

BUSINESS APPLIATIONS SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Businesses Go Far with Software-as-a-Service
By Kimberly Gibby Fifita, AtTask, Inc.
Web-based software lets businesses operate and collaborate from anywhere.

Publicly Available Telepresence Systems
By Masha Zager, Broadband Properties
High-end videoconferencing, operating over high-end networks, may help to level the playing field for smaller cities.

Special 28-Page Section On Fiber-to-the-Home Fundamentals
Here at last is the guide that everyone in the industry has been requesting. Produced by the editors of Broadband Properties and sponsored by the FTTH Council, this primer covers the key economic and technical issues surrounding fiber to the home. It makes clear why FTTH is the only technology that will deliver enough bandwidth, reliably and at a low enough cost, to meet the consumer demands of the next decade.
SPECIAL SECTION: 2007 FTTH CONFERENCE
By Masha Zager and Steven S. Ross, Broadband Properties
The FTTH Council’s annual conference focused on “filling the pipe” with appealing content and services. It also featured deployment and financing strategies, recent technology advances, and glimpses of technologies still a few years off.

Orlando: Net Technologies, New Concerns, New Hopes for Economic Development

Three Independent Telcos Tell Tales of Fiber

Marketing to End Users

What Do Developers Want?

BitTorrent: The Internet’s 800-Pound Bandwidth Gorilla

Preparing for the Exaflood… and the Zettaflood

What’s Next for Passive Optical Networks?

Running the Numbers for Fiber

TECHNOLOGY

The Economics of FTTN vs. FTTP
By Bryan Kennedy, ADC
How do you decide when to go straight to FTTP and when to start with FTTN? ADC explains the tradeoffs.

Back-Office Systems Move to the Front Burner
By David McNierney, Highdeal
Modular software lets telecom providers “mix and Match” back-office functions to support multiple services.

Customized Fiber Optic Deployment
Recapping the Secrets to Success
By Caitlin Clinard, Connexion Technologies
The final installation of Connexion Technologies’ seven-part series.

DEPARTMENTS

December News and Views
OFS Introduces EZ-Bend Optical Cable Technology

Other companies in the news:
JDSU
Ligent Photonics
NeoPhotonics
Alloptic
Ocamm Networks
TXP Corporation
PMC-Sierra
Freescale Semiconductor/OpenCon Systems
Aztek Networks
ADC
Alcatel-Lucent
Micrel
Graybar
ECI Telecom

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