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freehe
freehe
5/13/2018 8:01:07 PM
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Closing Fiber Gap
With all the advanced and benefits of fiber I hope those will translate to lower costs for consumers. On too many occassions new technology comes at a price with consumer paying higher costs even for services or features they do not want such as cable TV.

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freehe
freehe
5/13/2018 7:58:01 PM
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Access
Everyone wants access to high speed internet even those in rural areas. However, high internet access comes at a price. Generally cities that offer the latest technology have a higher cost of living.

As more companies look for ways to reduce costs by offering flexible work schedules and telecomuting, employees demand for high speed internet access will also increase.

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freehe
freehe
5/13/2018 7:57:32 PM
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Living
Technology available in cities in the U.S. do affect the population growth. Millennials and other age growns are drawn to cities that are technologically advanced such as smart ciities and major cities like New York and California.

 

 

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freehe
freehe
5/13/2018 7:53:32 PM
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Connectivity
"We're thrilled the percentage of unconnected commercial buildings in our country dropped from nearly 90% in 2004 to 50.4% in 2016.."

It's great that the number of unconnected buildings has been reduced. I am sure that the number will continue to decrease. Hopefully this expand to underserved and unserved areas. This will help close the connectivity gap and may improve the overall educational level of Americans through access to the internet and mobile services.

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freehe
freehe
5/13/2018 7:51:12 PM
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Fiber for Businesses
"The percentage of fiber-connected commercial buildings with 20 or more employees in the United States reached 49.6% in 2016, up almost 128% from 2004."

That is a huge increase in usage by commercial customers. Since fiber provides so many benefits such as faster speed and increased reliability it's no wonder that fiber usage has increased.

Signal strength is also a huge problem especially for Wi-Fi customers. It signal strength can be longer and stronger this will increase customer satisfaction.

 

 

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
5/9/2018 6:35:34 AM
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Re: Closing the Fiber Gap for Business
The don't fix it maxim is probably very true of many installations, but as the needs appear to be real for upcoming IoT and AI appliations, the fiber infrastruture will certainly be high on the list of things to consider and implement sooner than later for many.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/8/2018 12:21:25 PM
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Re: Closing the Fiber Gap for Business
Are new buildings *not* putting in copper and opting for only fiber? I didn't think that was a thing yet? Is it?

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srufolo1
srufolo1
5/8/2018 9:15:37 AM
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Re: Closing the Fiber Gap for Business
@mhhf1ve  Fiber should be deployed but gradually, and in new installations so that eventually we will move away from copper. But for the time being as the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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Alison Diana
Alison Diana
5/7/2018 4:24:02 PM
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Re: Fibre is not the only solution....
Thanks for sharing the Liberty report; very interesting. I agree wholeheartedly with you that there is a need for multiple solutions -- fiber isn't necessarily the right tool for every job. More and more residential customers are happily using copper-based Gfast infrastructure to get fast, reliable service. In some places, FTTH would be cost-prohibitive or nigh impossible - I think of some of Britain's historical homes, for example, where nobody would want to dig into hundreds of years of stone. And, of course, apartment buildings are the de facto example of a good Gfast candidate. New advances in wireless could -- sooner than later -- bring reliable broadband to regions (I do not think it's there now). Small businesses don't want to pay for snazzy broadband speeds any more than they want to pay for a fancy accounting or marketing software program unless there's a real, provable-by-ROI need.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/4/2018 7:04:26 PM
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Re: Fibre is not the only solution....
Additionally, I believe the "monopoly" of fiber networks will eventually be challenged by next-gen satellite wireless in a way. When low latency broadband satellite service is available, the value of the fiber networks that try to serve the last mile might drop. Hopefully, we'll have figured out how to do software defined radio by then.... 

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