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The movement to deploy high-speed broadband and develop smart city strategies is spreading across the country. As technology progresses, so do the necessities of everyday life, creating a new reality that fiber optic infrastructure is the new utility and something every home must have. Telemedicine, telecommuting, streaming video content, educational research, security surveillance systems, and the overall Internet of Things are all leading us to the ultimate goal of faster connectivity and better communications.

Fiber Pays Off for Carriers, SD-WAN Not So Much, Yet

Operators are seeing enterprise revenue growth, stemming from their investments in fiber-based connectivity, according to Technology Business Research.

TBR’s latest Enterprise Operator Benchmark data shows that for the first quarter of 2017 the highest growth rate of enterprise revenue came from what it calls “strategic data.” TBR analyst Chris Antlitz said strategic data refers to access services such as Ethernet, VPN, and traditional broadband. There is a shift from legacy technologies such as copper-based DSL to next-gen fiber-based platforms, he said. This shift drove a 6.6 percent year-over-year increase in the strategic data segment of enterprise services.

Author: Tom Mullen
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Deep deployment of fiber optics is a national imperative

Deloitte Perspectives

The success of 5G wireless will hinge on deep fiber

Deep deployment of fiber optics into our nation’s network infrastructure might not be as glamorous as the eagerly anticipated launch of fifth-generation mobile networks (5G); however, it is just as important—if not more so. In fact, 5G relies heavily on fiber and will likely fall far short of its potential unless the United States significantly increases its deep fiber investments.

Author: Tom Mullen
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Pai Backs White Spaces Broadband, If Doable

FCC chair Ajit Pai said during an FCC reauthorization hearing in the House Communications Subcommittee that if the facts warrant and the law allows it, the FCC will be aggressive about freeing up TV band white spaces for rural broadband.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said rural broadband is being left behind, with slower speeds and capacity. He said there was a potential opportunity with the White Spaces proceeding and the Microsoft proposal, though he did not identify it by name.

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