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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.

RFP Seeks Providers to Build 1 GB Broadband Network to Every Home, Business in Riverside County, Calif.

RFP Seeks Providers to Build 1 GB Broadband Network to Every Home, Business in Riverside County, Calif.

The California county of Riverside, which is nearly the size of New Jersey and home to more people than 15 other states, sees a countywide gigabit fiber-optic network as the best way to support residents at varying economic levels and ensure its own future — and it’s acting on that ambition.

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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.

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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.

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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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This Telecom Bet Big on Landlines...and Lost

Frontier Communications Corp.'s big bets on landlines are unraveling.

The once small phone company amassed $17 billion in debt by scooping up networks across the country from Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. It was a contrarian strategy that Frontier could generate steady revenue from residential internet and video services even as wireless use exploded.

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Deploying 5G Will Cost at Least $130 Billion in Fiber, Study Says

Deploying 5G wireless speeds 10 to 100 times faster than 4G will cost $130 to $150 billion in fiber optic cabling alone over the next 5 to 7 years.

That’s according to a Deloitte study that found massive investment in fiber infrastructure will be required for the United States to reach its 5G potential.

“5G relies heavily on fiber and will likely fall far short of its potential unless the United States significantly increases its deep fiber investments,” the study reads. “Increased speed and capacity from 5G will rely on higher radio frequencies and greater network densification (i.e., increasing the number and concentration of cell sites and access points).”

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Trump's Rural Broadband Goal is Costly, Questionable

President Donald Trump has promised to expand broadband service to rural areas as part of his $1 trillion nationwide infrastructure plan. That may be easier said than done.

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To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels

The software giant plans to announce on Tuesday that it is harnessing the unused channels between television broadcasts, known as white spaces, to help get more of rural America online. In an event at the Willard Hotel in Washington, where Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated a coast-to-coast telephone call a century ago, Microsoft plans to say that it will soon start a white-spaces broadband service in 12 states including Arizona, Kansas, New York and Virginia to connect two million rural Americans in the next five years who have limited or no access to high-speed internet.

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How to Smoke Out Where Broadband Companies Stand on Net Neutrality

So what’s going on here? Net neutrality — rules meant to ensure that broadband companies treat all internet traffic equally and don’t, for instance, block certain services or charge them to get priority access — has been at the center of a heated tech-policy battle for more than a decade. It’s a fight between internet companies — the Googles, Facebooks and Netflixes of the world — and broadband companies that control the pipes coming into your home. The battle is abstruse, but the stakes are high: Both sides say the future of the internet depends on getting these rules right.

So why, now, are broadband companies suggesting that they support the aims of the other side?

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The Time Is Now for San Francisco Municipal Fiber, Says Report

The San Francisco Municipal Fiber Blue Ribbon Panel, published the Why Fiber? Should San Francisco Deploy a Fiber Broadband Network? report on June 19, in an effort to weigh the potential benefits against the costs. (Spoiler alert: They conclude that San Francisco should build out a fiber network.)

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