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Ubiquitous Fiber Infrastructure is Essential to Maximize the Advantages of 5G, According to WIA Report

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Screenshot of Rebecca Hussey from Fiber Broadband Association webinar

August 20, 2020 — The Wireless Infrastructure Association recently published a new report, entitled “Fiber: An Essential Facet of the Connected Community,” which finds that ubiquitous fiber is an essential backbone to 5G connectivity.

WIA’s report (PDF) recognizes that in order to maximize the advantages a 5G rollout has to offer, there is need for a low-latency fiber backbone, from which wireless infrastructure providers can build.

The Fiber Broadband Association hosted a webinar on Wednesday with two of the report’s authors, Rebecca Hussey, managing counsel of utility relations at Crown Castle and Jeffrey Strenkowski, vice president of Uniti Group.

About 11 percent of internet traffic is carried by wireless networks, according to a 2017 report by Deloitte. The other 90 percent of traffic is supported and carried by wireline networks.

Therefore, “the quality and reliability of a wireless networks typically depends on the fiber network supporting them,” said Hussey.

The WIA report notes that 5G wireless networks are the first to use higher frequency millimeter waves, which can only travel about 250 feet, so dense fiber networks close to consumers are needed for high speeds.

“Fiber deployments are an essential facet for providing 5G services across the nation,” said WIA CEO Jonathan Adelstein.

Adelstein noted that while fiber is what underlies wireless broadband deployments, businesses and municipalities face many challenges in deploying it, such as gaining right-of-way access.

The WIA report details further challenges to building fiber, such as the hurdles municipalities face in their pursuits to own their own fiber networks.

In an attempt to bypass existing barriers, the report outlines best practices for municipalities, broadband providers, and other stakeholders to utilize when collaborating to deploy fiber.

The practices the report recommends promote transparency, foster trust, and allow efficiencies that save time and money.

Former Assistant Editor Jericho Casper graduated from the University of Virginia studying media policy. She grew up in Newport News in an area heavily impacted by the digital divide. She has a passion for universal access and a vendetta against anyone who stands in the way of her getting better broadband. She is now Associate Broadband Researcher at the Institute for Local Self Reliance's Community Broadband Network Initiative.

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Simpler Fiber Connections Reducing Training Demands, Truck Rolls And Cost, Experts Say

New, easier fiber installations could address shortage in trained staff.

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Screenshot of the Fiber for Breakfast event in June

August 20, 2020 — The Wireless Infrastructure Association recently published a new report, entitled “Fiber: An Essential Facet of the Connected Community,” which finds that ubiquitous fiber is an essential backbone to 5G connectivity.

WIA’s report (PDF) recognizes that in order to maximize the advantages a 5G rollout has to offer, there is need for a low-latency fiber backbone, from which wireless infrastructure providers can build.

The Fiber Broadband Association hosted a webinar on Wednesday with two of the report’s authors, Rebecca Hussey, managing counsel of utility relations at Crown Castle and Jeffrey Strenkowski, vice president of Uniti Group.

About 11 percent of internet traffic is carried by wireless networks, according to a 2017 report by Deloitte. The other 90 percent of traffic is supported and carried by wireline networks.

Therefore, “the quality and reliability of a wireless networks typically depends on the fiber network supporting them,” said Hussey.

The WIA report notes that 5G wireless networks are the first to use higher frequency millimeter waves, which can only travel about 250 feet, so dense fiber networks close to consumers are needed for high speeds.

“Fiber deployments are an essential facet for providing 5G services across the nation,” said WIA CEO Jonathan Adelstein.

Adelstein noted that while fiber is what underlies wireless broadband deployments, businesses and municipalities face many challenges in deploying it, such as gaining right-of-way access.

The WIA report details further challenges to building fiber, such as the hurdles municipalities face in their pursuits to own their own fiber networks.

In an attempt to bypass existing barriers, the report outlines best practices for municipalities, broadband providers, and other stakeholders to utilize when collaborating to deploy fiber.

The practices the report recommends promote transparency, foster trust, and allow efficiencies that save time and money.

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Fiber Should Lead Future of Broadband, But Other Technologies Important Compliments

More experts weigh in on the fiber debate, but point to other technologies as important for the future of connectivity.

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Screenshot from Broadband Breakfast Live Online on June 23.

August 20, 2020 — The Wireless Infrastructure Association recently published a new report, entitled “Fiber: An Essential Facet of the Connected Community,” which finds that ubiquitous fiber is an essential backbone to 5G connectivity.

WIA’s report (PDF) recognizes that in order to maximize the advantages a 5G rollout has to offer, there is need for a low-latency fiber backbone, from which wireless infrastructure providers can build.

The Fiber Broadband Association hosted a webinar on Wednesday with two of the report’s authors, Rebecca Hussey, managing counsel of utility relations at Crown Castle and Jeffrey Strenkowski, vice president of Uniti Group.

About 11 percent of internet traffic is carried by wireless networks, according to a 2017 report by Deloitte. The other 90 percent of traffic is supported and carried by wireline networks.

Therefore, “the quality and reliability of a wireless networks typically depends on the fiber network supporting them,” said Hussey.

The WIA report notes that 5G wireless networks are the first to use higher frequency millimeter waves, which can only travel about 250 feet, so dense fiber networks close to consumers are needed for high speeds.

“Fiber deployments are an essential facet for providing 5G services across the nation,” said WIA CEO Jonathan Adelstein.

Adelstein noted that while fiber is what underlies wireless broadband deployments, businesses and municipalities face many challenges in deploying it, such as gaining right-of-way access.

The WIA report details further challenges to building fiber, such as the hurdles municipalities face in their pursuits to own their own fiber networks.

In an attempt to bypass existing barriers, the report outlines best practices for municipalities, broadband providers, and other stakeholders to utilize when collaborating to deploy fiber.

The practices the report recommends promote transparency, foster trust, and allow efficiencies that save time and money.

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Open Access Opportunity for Municipalities to Allay Competition Concerns

Open access provisions in municipal builds could alleviate fears of competition concerns with ISPs.

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Screenshot from Broadband Breakfast Live Online episode on June 16.

August 20, 2020 — The Wireless Infrastructure Association recently published a new report, entitled “Fiber: An Essential Facet of the Connected Community,” which finds that ubiquitous fiber is an essential backbone to 5G connectivity.

WIA’s report (PDF) recognizes that in order to maximize the advantages a 5G rollout has to offer, there is need for a low-latency fiber backbone, from which wireless infrastructure providers can build.

The Fiber Broadband Association hosted a webinar on Wednesday with two of the report’s authors, Rebecca Hussey, managing counsel of utility relations at Crown Castle and Jeffrey Strenkowski, vice president of Uniti Group.

About 11 percent of internet traffic is carried by wireless networks, according to a 2017 report by Deloitte. The other 90 percent of traffic is supported and carried by wireline networks.

Therefore, “the quality and reliability of a wireless networks typically depends on the fiber network supporting them,” said Hussey.

The WIA report notes that 5G wireless networks are the first to use higher frequency millimeter waves, which can only travel about 250 feet, so dense fiber networks close to consumers are needed for high speeds.

“Fiber deployments are an essential facet for providing 5G services across the nation,” said WIA CEO Jonathan Adelstein.

Adelstein noted that while fiber is what underlies wireless broadband deployments, businesses and municipalities face many challenges in deploying it, such as gaining right-of-way access.

The WIA report details further challenges to building fiber, such as the hurdles municipalities face in their pursuits to own their own fiber networks.

In an attempt to bypass existing barriers, the report outlines best practices for municipalities, broadband providers, and other stakeholders to utilize when collaborating to deploy fiber.

The practices the report recommends promote transparency, foster trust, and allow efficiencies that save time and money.

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