The August and September editions of the CBAN Lunch and Learn webinars have been set. As with all CBAN Lunch and Learn webinars, these sessions are free and open to all, but pre-registration is required.
August 20, 2019 Noon The Future of Home Data Usage
Joining us for this webinar will be Lenny Hui, Cloud & Smart Home Business Sales with Calix (a CBAN Vendor Member). Lenny and host Curtis Dean of CBAN will talk about some of the trends in home internet data usage that are making fiber networks more and more essential in today's world. Lenny will talk about new gaming platforms, streaming video options, and other factors that will impact how much data you consume and how much bandwidth (speed) you need.
To register for The Future of Home Data Usage, CLICK HERE.
September 19, 2019 Noon The Promises (and Pitfalls) of Open Access Fiber Networks
One option that communities can explore when considering a municipally-owned fiber network is an open access model. Under this type of network, multiple ISP's and other service providers can use the public network to serve end users. While open access networks have a lot of appeal, they aren't always easy to implement or develop.
Joining us for this webinar is Doug Dawson of CCG Consulting. Doug is author of a daily blog called Pots and Pans and is one of the nation's most respected broadband experts. He'll share his own experiences working with communities that have sought to implement an open access model.
To register for The Promises (and Pitfalls) of Open Access Fiber Networks, CLICK HERE.
After years of advocacy and studies, residents of Vinton, Iowa are finally getting a community-owned fiber network.
Construction is now underway on the approximately $9 million fiber-to-the-home network in Vinton, a community of approximately 5,200 people south of Cedar Falls. Crews from Central Cable Contractors began work in the core network during the 3rd week of July, with plans to complete major construction by the end of the year.
There's lots to accomplish in Vinton, thanks to tremendous demand from citizens who've been longing for better broadband. In fact, over 1,400 Vinton homes and businesses have signed up to get site surveys and service drops. That's over 65% of all Vinton premises.
The next major milestone for the Vinton project is rate setting, which the Vinton Communications Utility Board is expected to accomplish by mid-month.
One of the biggest sore spots in America's technology landscape is the lack of accurate broadband mapping. Past FCC efforts to identify which areas of the country have access to broadband and which ones don't been widely criticized as inadequate. Well, things are about to change.
At their August 1st meeting, the FCC ordered a significant change to how ISP's will report their service areas moving forward. Under the previous mapping regime, ISP's would report which census blocks they offered service. Even if only one premise in a large census block had service available, the entire block would be considered "served" by the FCC. This means that many areas without broadband access are then ineligible to receive buildout funding.
Under the new mapping plan, ISP's must report their service areas not in terms of census blocks but by drawing geospatial polygons that more clearly define where service is currently available or could be provided within 10 business days of a request. The result of this change is that have-nots should no longer be identified as have's on the FCC's broadband maps, making those areas potentially eligible for funding.
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