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Render Networks Offers Industry Guide to RDOF Network Deployment Success

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December 16, 2020 – Render Networks has announced the launch of its new RDOF Deployment Guide, sharing key considerations for network deployment success and insights into developing a compelling and complete Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) long-form application.

Render’s role in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) funding process is to deliver technology-enabled efficiencies to all participants and enable the deployment of large-scale, future-proof fiber networks at the lowest possible cost.

The innovative firm’s proven digital construction management platform is configurable to any network architecture and build strategy. Render’s digital approach delivers significant value to rural network operators and their trusted partners in the following areas:

  1. Long-form application: Project plan and scope accuracy. Prepare construction scope and schedule with confidence to deliver a compelling project plan while still maintaining build flexibility and sufficient margin or contingency.
  2. Reduced network delivery risk: Access 50+ years of deployment expertise, with industry best-practice methodologies built-in to unlock new levels of delivery efficiency and effectiveness.
  3. Unmatched real-time project visibility and FCC reporting capabilities. Customized data capture, reporting, and compliance templates built from the ground up to meet the requirements of the Universal Service Administrative Company’s High-Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal, as well as the emerging standards of the FCC’s Digital Opportunity Data Collection.
  4. Accelerated build times and reduced delivery costs. Achieve “break-even’ and positive cash flow sooner while connecting communities to reliable, high-speed internet faster.
  5. Build prioritization to census block locations. Seamless real-time tracking of progress against census block objectives, enable early identification of performance issues or at-risk delivery to avoid post-award penalties and better build decisions.

This guide is highly applicable to all FCC and U.S. Department of Agriculture funding recipients, including Phase II of the Connect America Fund, ReConnect, and the Citizens Broadband Radio Service. This technology will help award winners in their quest for greater predictability and progress visibility into their current network rollout.

Looking to inform the next stage of your RDOF journey? Receive a free copy of Render’s RDOF Deployment Guide here.

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Broadband Breakfast Interview With Pinpoint Capital Advisors’ Andrew Semenak

Real convergence has taken hold in the fiber, wireless infrastructure and data center asset class categories.

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Pinpoint Capital Advisors' Andrew Semenak

Internet service providers building out fiber infrastructure need to be aware of their options for capital expansion as they consider their options under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

That’s the message that Andrew Semenak, Managing Director of Pinpoint Capital Advisors, provided in a recent question and answer video with Broadband Breakfast’s Drew Clark.

In the interview, Semenak discussed the inter-relationship between fiber, wireless infrastructure and data center assets. He described the 12 years, 19 deals and $3.0 billion in transaction value to arrangements facilitated by Pinpoint Capital Advisors.

“When we first started out in digital infrastructure, those sectors were all separate and well-defined sectors to their own,” Semenak said. “Real conference has taken hold and they are really interconnected: Fiber is so critical to a wireless tower site for backhaul purposes, and data centers need very significant interconnectivity. Fiber is providing that.”

Indeed, Semenak said, “we have started to talk about small data centers at the tower site. And the investment community is really beginning to focus on it.”

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Broadband Breakfast Interview With LightBox’s Bill Price on How States Can Get Better Maps

Bill Price discussed the work of LightBox in ensuring that states receive funding to close the digital divide.

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LightBox, a real estate mapping company, has the hope to change the messed-up world of broadband mapping.

Since the signing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act in November, $65 billion will be available for broadband in unserved and underserved communities. Understanding where broadband is and isn’t, will be a big part of that process.

What many advocates have referred to as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for those on the wrong side of the digital divide will rely on state broadband programs to disperse both state and federal broadband funding.

Unfortunately for many states, there is a huge obstacle standing in their way: A notoriously insufficient broadband mapping program from the Federal Communications Commission.

In this special video interview between Broadband Breakfast Editor and Publisher Drew Clark and LightBox Vice President of Government Solutions Bill Price, Price notes that LightBox wasn’t always in the broadband mapping game.

The company started out just aggregating location data and accuracy for data-intensive and location-specific services like Zillow, Google, Microsoft, Waze, and other third-party applications, before it began working on broadband projects in 2018.

“The actual cost of deploying broadband to unserved areas depends on the accuracy of the location data you have got,” Price says in the interview. “Think about building highways without knowing all the property, all the zoning, all the owners – all the details you need to build a highway.”

“You can guess at it, as we have done for over a decade in government – we’ve guessed at it, we’ve thrown billions of dollars at it, and look where we are,” he added.

That is no longer the case, Price says. “We don’t have to guess anymore. We can treat broadband investment and planning just like we do any other infrastructure.”

Price, who has been with LightBox since the summer of 2021, previously served with strategy and analytics for the Georgia Technology Authority for almost nine years. Prior to that, he was director of broadband programs for the state of Florida from 2009 to 2012.

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Why the Multiple Dwelling Unit May Well Be the Next Battleground of Broadband Access

Broadband Breakfast interviews Pierre Trudeau, president and chief technology officer of Positron Access, about reaching multi-tenant units.

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October 26, 2021– Positron Access President and Chief Technology Office Pierre Trudeau discusses the current “fiber frenzy,” why multiple-dwelling units sometimes suffer because of uncertainty surrounding the costs of building and some of the solutions available to get better broadband to MDUs.

In this interview with Broadband Breakfast Editor and Publisher Drew Clark, Trudeau also explains how Positron Access provides fiber-builders with a solution to serve otherwise costly or difficult to deploy fiber infrastructure, through a device they refer to as “Gigabit Access Multiplexer,” or a “GAM” for short.

Positron Access Solutions manufactures carrier grade products that increase the bandwidth delivered by Tier-1 carriers and over 150 Tier- 2 / 3 Operators. Positron’s G.hn Gigabit Access Multiplexer (GAM) extends fiber or fixed-wireless Gigabit services over the existing in-building wiring in MDU and Multi-Tenant Units, as well as and over the outdoor existing wiring from the curb to the gateway in rural areas.

Don’t miss Broadband Breakfast Live Online on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 12 Noon ET — “When Greenfield Fiber Meets Brownfield Multiple Dwelling Units

Indeed, bringing fiber to the premises is sometimes only half the battle. For example, bringing fiber to an MDU may not mean that every tenant will get better-quality broadband. In the case of multiple dwelling units or multi-tenant housing, it isn’t easy to completely rewire an existing building with fiber-to-the-unit. Further, the Biden Administration and the Federal Communications Commission are pushing real estate owners to eliminate or minimize exclusive MDU broadband contacts.

In the interview between Trudeau and Clark, the two discuss Positron Access and its role in solving the problem.

Positron Access delivers managed real-time non-blocking virtually symmetrical Gigabit speeds to each subscriber without the cost and construction disruption of installing fiber to each door (up to 800 feet over existing telephone pairs or 2,800 feet over existing RG6 coaxial cable and splitters). The GAM is auto-configured and supports user self-installation, eliminating the need to enter the premises. It is installed and activated in hours. Developed, manufactured and supported in North America.

Positron has adapted existing G.hn technology to function over telephone pairs and coaxial cables by developing proprietary software that effectively eliminates line born noise between cable pairs. In conjunction with this software, they developed a GAM device no bigger than a deck of playing cards known that can convert gigabit input to G.hn. Through this device consumers can receive gigabit services at a fraction of the cost of fiber.

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