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Resources For Broadband Networks



Organizations working on broadband projects may find these resources useful in starting a project and finding funding.

FOA also has a page devoted to rural broadband and its unique requirepents.

Pew Charitable Trusts' Broadband Education and Training Initiative Helps States Increase High-Speed Internet Access (3/22)

Pew Charitable Trust's peer-to-peer learning network offers research and guidance for state government leaders.

As $billions of broadband funding flows to states as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, delivering high-speed internet access to all Americans has never been more achievable. But the opportunity before state leaders comes with significant challenges. Policymakers in each of the states must establish or expand broadband programs, train staff, and navigate local priorities, all while adhering to federal requirements.

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ broadband education and training initiative (BETI), launched in August 2021, provides no-cost support to help states make the most of historic increases in state and federal funding. BETI is built on a foundation of Pew research highlighting a set of effective strategies and provides staff training, facilitated expert and peer-to-peer engagement, and technical assistance on a wide range of topics, from state broadband program design to data collection.

The resources and guidance collected here will help states identify and adopt evidence-based strategies to effectively administer federal funds, accelerating the nation’s progress toward universal, affordable broadband connectivity. More than 2 dozen states are already working with Pew's BETI program.

To join or learn more about BETI, please email Jake Varn at jvarn@pewtrusts.org.

Read more about the BETI Program.     BETI Project home page.

The PEW Charitable Trusts also tracks the availability of state grants available for broadband expansion. Read more here and look at the links to state programs.



US Broadband Infrastructure Initiative:


Biden Administration Releases Guidebook on Infrastructure Law Implementation (3/22)

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The US is allocating lots of money for infrastructure projects including $45billion for broadband infrastructure, especially underserved areas like rural. The Biden Administration has released a Guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in an effort to help interested parties understand the law. This guidebook will show the funding and programs available and how to utilize the information. States and local governments will be using this information to determine what is applicable to them. The Administration will be updating this guidebook regularly when new information becomes available.

Here is a link to the Broadband section of the Guidebook.

Here is a link to the entire Guidebook.


Broadband Funding Information From The Source

Andy Berke, new Special Representative for Broadband at NTIA and former Mayor of the first Gig City, Chattanooga, Tennessee spoke recently at a meeting sponsored by Next Century Cities, an organization whose name explains its focus well. Mr. Berke's presentation provides an extremely concise, comprehensive and clear explanation of the broadband parts of the IIJA (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) that every interested party should read.

For example, many know the program will provide funds to state agencies for investment, but did you know that there are requirements for 25% matching funds or that networks  must offer 100/20 Mb/s service and gig service to anchor institutions?

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Read Mr. Berke's presentation here on the Next Century Cities website.







FOA FTTH/Broadband Resources

Note: Most of the material in the links below assumes the reader has a general knowledge of fiber optics and fiber optic networks. Id you need some background, we recommend you start with two self-study courses at Fiber U, FOA's free online learning site.

Introduction To Fiber Optics In Communications  

Basic Fiber Optics  


Articles from the FOA Newsletter

March 2022 Is Rural Only Farms?

February 2022 Helping Make Rural Broadband Possible -
New FOA Technical/Educational Materials For Those Planning Rural Broadband

January 2022 - California Announces 18 Middle Mile Projects To Bridge Digital Divide (mostly rural)

June 2021 - FTTH Special Issue  (FTTH Tech Update covering new equipment and network architectures for rural FTTH.

November/December 2021 - Fiber To The Village in Nepal, $Billions For Broadband In US (But don't hold your breath!)

August, 2021   - Rural FTTH Special Issue

July 2021 - Broadband Internet in California, California Broadband Council report

March 2021 - Can Tapping Fiber Reduce Cost?  How Many Fibers? Optimal cable Size. 



FOA FTTH Handbook

FOA's FTTH Handbook: We've gathered all our information on FTTH from the FOA Guide and past issues of the FOA Newsletter and edited it into a 112 page "FTTH Handbook." We even added new sections on planning, designing and managing FTTH Projects. An entire chapter is devoted to DIY (do-it-yourself) FTTH projects in rural areas.
The Fiber Optic Association Fiber To The Home Handbook is available from Amazon in print and Kindle editions.


FOA Guide
The FOA Guide is FOA's extensive knowledgebase on fiber optics, with almost 1,000 pages of technical information. It's written by FOA's worldwide network of technical advisors and is non-commercial, just reliable technical information from experienced fiber techs, many of whom are teaching the subject.

Here are some topics related to broadband:


FTTH (Fiber To The Home)                                     
Fiber to the home (FTTH) Overview,   
FTTH Introduction
FTTH Architectures,
FTTH in MDUs,
FTTH PON Standards, Specifications and Protocols,
FTTH Network Design
FTTH Installation
FTTH Customer Premises Installation  
FTTH Testing  ,
FTTH Case Studies: Do-It-Yourself FTTH  
FTTH Project Management   

There is also a section on Fiber For Wireless Networks. that covers both cellular and WiFi networks.                                 



Fiber U

Fiber U is FOA's Free Online Learning Site, with over two dozen free self-study courses starting with the Basics of Fiber Optics and including a number of courses on technical skills and applications of fiber optics.

Free Online "FTTH" Course on Fiber U

Free Online "Fiber For Wireless" Course on Fiber U

Fiber U online courses
Take the Fiber U FTTH course and Certificate Test FREE
Fiber U self-study courses themselves have always been free, but we have charged for the Fiber U Certificate of Completion test which uses an online testing service. So everyone can take advantage of all the new and updated FTTH materials we've created, FOA will offer the testing for the Fiber U Certificate of Completion for the Fiber U FTTx self-study course free to everyone completing the course. Tell your employees, customers, everybody!

 

Designing FTTH Networks? If you are involved in the design of FTTH networks but new to fiber optics, start with the Fiber U Fiber Optic Network Design course then take the Fiber U FTTx self-study course.



FOA YouTube Channel
FOA Videos On YouTube

FOA has a YouTube channel with over 100 videos on fiber optics, including 70+ lectures and many technical instructional videos. Including are these videos on Fiber Optics:

FOA's YouTube Channel:
Lecture 25: FTTx - Fiber To The Home, Premises, Curb, Business, etc.(Overview)
Lecture 63 FTTH Network Architectures  
Lecture 64 FTTH Passive Optical Networks (PONs) 
Lecture 65 FTTH Network Design 
Lecture 66 FTTH Network Installation and Test  
Lecture 70 Rural Broadband- Obstacles and Opportunities  


FOA Newsletter
FOA publishes a monthly newsletter that covers the fiber optic industry and FOA educational activities. We recommend you subscribe to keep up with the latest news in fiber optics. Here are some recent articles on FTTH and broadband.


March 2022 Is Rural Only Farms?

February 2022 Helping Make Rural Broadband Possible -
New FOA Technical/Educational Materials For Those Planning Rural Broadband

January 2022 - California Announces 18 Middle Mile Projects To Bridge Digital Divide (mostly rural)

June 2021 - FTTH Special Issue  (FTTH Tech Update covering new equipment and network architectures for rural FTTH.

November/December 2021 - Fiber To The Village in Nepal, $Billions For Broadband In US (But don't hold your breath!)

August, 2021   - Rural FTTH Special Issue

July 2021 - Broadband Internet in California, California Broadband Council report

March 2021 - Can Tapping Fiber Reduce Cost?  How Many Fibers? Optimal cable Size. 





Worth Reading (Or Watching)

The FOA finds news articles relevant to fiber optics and FTTH and publishes them in the monthly FOA Newsletter. Here are a sample of recent ones on FTTH.

Biden Administration Releases Guidebook on Infrastructure Law Implementation  
Here is a link to the Broadband section of the Guidebook.
Here is a link to the entire Guidebook.


Pew Charitable Trust's peer-to-peer learning network offers research and guidance for state government leaders.
To join or learn more about BETI, please email Jake Varn at jvarn@pewtrusts.org. Read more about the BETI Program.     BETI Project home page.
The PEW Charitable Trusts also tracks the availability of state grants available for broadband expansion. Read more here and look at the links to state programs.

 
US Broadband Coverage By Service Provider from the FCC


Mapping Broadband In The US, State By State

Next Century Cities has completed a survey of broadband in the US by state because the FCC data is widely known to be inaccurate. Next Century Cities (“NCC”) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that advocates for fast, affordable, and reliable broadband Internet access across the U.S. They work alongside local officials in communities of all sizes and political stripes to eliminate the digital divide. As NCC has documented in filings and publications, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) maps have long told a different story of broadband access than what residents across the country actually experience. It is widely known that the FCC’s broadband availability data understates the seriousness of, and lacks granularity to adequately address, persistent gaps in connectivity. Read the NCC Report here. Use this link if you want to jump to the report for a particular state.

In 2021, the number of states preserving legal barriers to municipal broadband networks dropped from 19 states to 17 states, ILSR Community Networks

Things To Learn From A Town That Voted Down Fiber

Six Community Broadband Networks Demonstrate Diversity of Approaches to Connectivity Challenges ILSR Community Networks.
 

Mapping Broadband Access With Garbage Trucks, and Other Innovative Municipal Initiatives in Shreveport, Louisiana - Episode 19 of Connect This! from Community Broadband Networks

Community Networks notes that community-owned and operated broadband networks have topped PCMag's annual "Fastest ISPs in America" analysis for three years running, poking holes in arguments that modern network infrastructure is too complicated or costly for local communities to build and operate successfully.

Knoxville Utilities Board Set To Build Largest Municipal Fiber Network In The Nation The Knoxville City Council unanimously approved a proposal to build a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. Network construction is expected to cost $702 million and take seven to 10 years to build out, reaching 210,000 households. Community Networks.

Muni Broadband Wave Washes Across Massachusetts  Muni Broadband Wave Washes Across Massachusetts. Community Networks.




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