The FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF) and Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) funding present a significant opportunity to expand broadband coverage in rural and remote areas. However, delivering broadband services to this underserved segment presents major challenges due to low population density, varied and difficult terrain and long loop lengths.
In this presentation, we will outline technology options (copper, fiber, and fixed wireless) to deliver 10, 25 and 100Mbps services. We will also explore deployment issues such as busy hour loading, Discrete Multitone (DMT) mid-node architectures, outside plant infrastructure and network design requirements, which are key to accelerating service rollout.
Speaker: Arlynn Wilson, Principal Engineer, Broadband Solutions, ADTRAN