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Strategies for Interconnecting Middle-Mile and Last-Mile Fiber Critical Amid COVID19 Pandemic

Jericho Casper

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September 25, 2020 — Understanding and developing strategies for interconnecting middle-mile and last-mile networks has become even more critical since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with many across the country currently aiming to expand last-mile fiber networks in urban and rural America.

A panel of experts, representing middle-mile fiber network providers, detailed optimal strategies for managing the logistics of middle-mile, last-mile interconnects, during a webinar that aired as part of Broadband Communities 2020 Virtual Summit on Wednesday.

Greg Green, CEO of Fatbeam, said that when planning where to construct the network interconnect, it is crucial to account for anchor institutions, which require higher bandwidth, saying “when establishing themselves and thinking about interconnecting to a middle-mile provider, a local community network should consider school and hospital districts.”

Anchor institutions, like education and healthcare facilities, not only require higher bandwidth and reliable connections, but they can be a source of securing federal monies to assist in the construction process.

“Leverage federal and state grants,” urged Mark Wagner, CEO of ThinkBig. Green specifically called for individuals aiming to connect school districts with no fiber assets, to utilize the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program.

The panelists, which operate middle-mile networks across many regions, discussed how different considerations must be taken in rural and urban markets.

According to Wagner, there is a great amount of competition in urban markets, but, in rural markets, project managers can get more creative with local co-ops.

If you’re in an urban market, straying away from the norm could mean paving over an entire street again. Yet, in a rural market, you can “freely and openly think about how you’re going to connect,” and which route will do the greatest good.

“When we interconnect to another carrier in rural areas, we try to create diversity,” detailed Green, adding that Fatbeam doesn’t “want to use same conduit everyone is using.”

“There is value in approaching it from that perspective,” said Dennis Kyle, senior vice president of Zayo, “if you can devise a unique solution, you can drive more value from it,” by serving more previously unserved populations.

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.

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Open Access Networks Key To Affordability Question, House Committee Hears

The House Energy and Commerce committee heard arguments that open access to networks is crucial for competition and affordability.

Benjamin Kahn

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Screenshot of Francella Ochillo from House hearing

September 25, 2020 — Understanding and developing strategies for interconnecting middle-mile and last-mile networks has become even more critical since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with many across the country currently aiming to expand last-mile fiber networks in urban and rural America.

A panel of experts, representing middle-mile fiber network providers, detailed optimal strategies for managing the logistics of middle-mile, last-mile interconnects, during a webinar that aired as part of Broadband Communities 2020 Virtual Summit on Wednesday.

Greg Green, CEO of Fatbeam, said that when planning where to construct the network interconnect, it is crucial to account for anchor institutions, which require higher bandwidth, saying “when establishing themselves and thinking about interconnecting to a middle-mile provider, a local community network should consider school and hospital districts.”

Anchor institutions, like education and healthcare facilities, not only require higher bandwidth and reliable connections, but they can be a source of securing federal monies to assist in the construction process.

“Leverage federal and state grants,” urged Mark Wagner, CEO of ThinkBig. Green specifically called for individuals aiming to connect school districts with no fiber assets, to utilize the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program.

The panelists, which operate middle-mile networks across many regions, discussed how different considerations must be taken in rural and urban markets.

According to Wagner, there is a great amount of competition in urban markets, but, in rural markets, project managers can get more creative with local co-ops.

If you’re in an urban market, straying away from the norm could mean paving over an entire street again. Yet, in a rural market, you can “freely and openly think about how you’re going to connect,” and which route will do the greatest good.

“When we interconnect to another carrier in rural areas, we try to create diversity,” detailed Green, adding that Fatbeam doesn’t “want to use same conduit everyone is using.”

“There is value in approaching it from that perspective,” said Dennis Kyle, senior vice president of Zayo, “if you can devise a unique solution, you can drive more value from it,” by serving more previously unserved populations.

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Partnerships And Trust Go Long Way To Securing Financing For Broadband Projects, Panelists Say

Broadband Breakfast panelists wrestle with the challenge of financing broadband infrastructure projects.

Tim White

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Screenshot taken from Broadband Live Online event

September 25, 2020 — Understanding and developing strategies for interconnecting middle-mile and last-mile networks has become even more critical since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with many across the country currently aiming to expand last-mile fiber networks in urban and rural America.

A panel of experts, representing middle-mile fiber network providers, detailed optimal strategies for managing the logistics of middle-mile, last-mile interconnects, during a webinar that aired as part of Broadband Communities 2020 Virtual Summit on Wednesday.

Greg Green, CEO of Fatbeam, said that when planning where to construct the network interconnect, it is crucial to account for anchor institutions, which require higher bandwidth, saying “when establishing themselves and thinking about interconnecting to a middle-mile provider, a local community network should consider school and hospital districts.”

Anchor institutions, like education and healthcare facilities, not only require higher bandwidth and reliable connections, but they can be a source of securing federal monies to assist in the construction process.

“Leverage federal and state grants,” urged Mark Wagner, CEO of ThinkBig. Green specifically called for individuals aiming to connect school districts with no fiber assets, to utilize the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program.

The panelists, which operate middle-mile networks across many regions, discussed how different considerations must be taken in rural and urban markets.

According to Wagner, there is a great amount of competition in urban markets, but, in rural markets, project managers can get more creative with local co-ops.

If you’re in an urban market, straying away from the norm could mean paving over an entire street again. Yet, in a rural market, you can “freely and openly think about how you’re going to connect,” and which route will do the greatest good.

“When we interconnect to another carrier in rural areas, we try to create diversity,” detailed Green, adding that Fatbeam doesn’t “want to use same conduit everyone is using.”

“There is value in approaching it from that perspective,” said Dennis Kyle, senior vice president of Zayo, “if you can devise a unique solution, you can drive more value from it,” by serving more previously unserved populations.

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Openreach Partners With STL For Fiber Build

Openreach aims to get 20 million fiber-to-the-premise connections by later this decade.

Tim White

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Screenshot of STL's Ankit Agarwal via YouTube

September 25, 2020 — Understanding and developing strategies for interconnecting middle-mile and last-mile networks has become even more critical since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with many across the country currently aiming to expand last-mile fiber networks in urban and rural America.

A panel of experts, representing middle-mile fiber network providers, detailed optimal strategies for managing the logistics of middle-mile, last-mile interconnects, during a webinar that aired as part of Broadband Communities 2020 Virtual Summit on Wednesday.

Greg Green, CEO of Fatbeam, said that when planning where to construct the network interconnect, it is crucial to account for anchor institutions, which require higher bandwidth, saying “when establishing themselves and thinking about interconnecting to a middle-mile provider, a local community network should consider school and hospital districts.”

Anchor institutions, like education and healthcare facilities, not only require higher bandwidth and reliable connections, but they can be a source of securing federal monies to assist in the construction process.

“Leverage federal and state grants,” urged Mark Wagner, CEO of ThinkBig. Green specifically called for individuals aiming to connect school districts with no fiber assets, to utilize the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program.

The panelists, which operate middle-mile networks across many regions, discussed how different considerations must be taken in rural and urban markets.

According to Wagner, there is a great amount of competition in urban markets, but, in rural markets, project managers can get more creative with local co-ops.

If you’re in an urban market, straying away from the norm could mean paving over an entire street again. Yet, in a rural market, you can “freely and openly think about how you’re going to connect,” and which route will do the greatest good.

“When we interconnect to another carrier in rural areas, we try to create diversity,” detailed Green, adding that Fatbeam doesn’t “want to use same conduit everyone is using.”

“There is value in approaching it from that perspective,” said Dennis Kyle, senior vice president of Zayo, “if you can devise a unique solution, you can drive more value from it,” by serving more previously unserved populations.

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