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A white paper explaining how the growth of the Internet of Things will impact the electricity grid. However, policymakers and energy industry stakeholders cannot continue to assume that everybody has internet access, because that mindset will result in real-consequences consequences.
This story focuses on Reflection St. Pete, a luxury condominium building in St. Petersburg, Florida, that is being built with gigabit fiber and a Wi-Fi system that will keep residents connected throughout the entire property.
An article from October 2021 that looks at how the rise in multiple-dwelling-unit construction represents an opportunity for broadband deployers, particularly smaller companies who can use federal dollars to deliver fiber more cost-effectively.
This article describes how broadband has become an important amenity in multiple-dwelling units. The author cites a report stating that prospective tenants are likely to choose buildings where broadband is bundled with their rent, and discusses how buildings are being graded on their connectivity.
This article recaps the education technology portion of the 2019 South by Southwest Conference, where the author noted three trends: the assumption that broadband is everywhere, the increased use of artificial intelligence in teaching, and how esports are being taken more seriously by schools. The author also responded to a professor who questioned if broadband was a distraction for students.
This resource discusses the city of Westminster, Maryland's three-layer, private-partnership model for its fiber-to-the-home network, and why the city chose this model. It reveals the fundamental advantage of this model is that the allocation of expenses (and risk) are to the levels at which they are best handled. This multilayer model aligns the interests of all parties and provides a scalable blueprint for other local government to implement a communitywide broadband network in a financially sustainable manner.
This piece examines the collaboration between governments, businesses, service providers, and other players required to bridge the digital divide. Collaboration between these players can help connect the next billion users in a scalable, cost-effective way to build future-proof networks.
This article analyzes the potential of of capital and legislative support to bolster open-access networks (OANs). Though the fiber rollout has accelerated, fiber adoption is still low in the U.S. compared with other countries. This resource discusses how OANs have the potential to significantly disrupt the telecom ecosystem in the U.S. and positions them as the solution for under-penetration of fiber across the country.
This resource reveals how modernizing the visitor experience at Jamestowne with improved connectivity can coincide with preserving the historical richness. Cox Business provides the historical site with cable broadband and Wi-Fi, which allows students to remotely explore the site.
This resource gathers insights from the SXSW EDU 2021 conference about how education, health care, and entertainment are the three biggest drivers of demand for robust, universal broadband. The various insights acknowledge how smartphones are not adequate devices for education, how a more complete understanding of the digital divide is required to properly address it, and how robust broadband is not a cure-all.
This piece offers three solutions to ensure poor, rural areas receive service: through a public or nonprofit entity, through a cooperative owned by its members, or through a private utility.
This resource explores the challenges service providers face as more households transition to fiber, primarily the shortage of skilled workers like network planners and network ops technicians, and argues the communications industry faces a major shortage of manpower. It offers the solution of cloud-based subscriber insight and management tools to simplify and automate the fiber activation process.
This article questions whether emerging fiber-to-the-home innovations could make copper-based coax cabling antiquated. The resource examines different technologies that pose trouble for the future of cable modem technology, such as switches and customer premise equipment, to ponder if copper will eventually become an obsolete technology.
This resource from BroadbandCommunities Magazine argues that 5G wireless lacks the capacity and cost-effectiveness to address the rural fixed broadband gap. The authors discuss how the 5G requirement for "deep fiber" renders it unlikely to be cost-effective in rural areas and simultaneously gives it the potential to bottleneck service.
This resource from BroadbandCommunities explores the cost-effectiveness of microtrenching and its popularity across the country. The resource praises the benefits of fiber and microtrenching as the deployment method, and argues that as fiber is more reliable and can provide a more consistent service and end-user experience because it is not subject to electrical interference.
This resource explores whether public libraries have the potential to be the new hubs for telehealth services in urban and rural markets, to broaden the availability of health care. As anchor institutions, libraries can drive large numbers of people onto networks. The article discusses considerations that must be made if libraries plan to offer access to telehealth, such as how to schedule different types of health appointments and expanding remote capabilities.
This resource argues that submarine cable networks can help address the challenges and opportunities in providing robust broadband in the Caribbean and that intergovernmental cooperation and leadership are key to delivering sustainable telecommunications infrastructure. It frames submarine cables as one of the most environmentally friendly platforms to deliver sustainable growth and development.
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