Thursday, April 16, 2015

Broadband, Competition and the American Way

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler threw down the gauntlet at the Broadband Communities Summit in Austin this week, challenging large-scale incumbent Internet providers to do more to offer higher-speed access to all Americans. He cited the 20 percent of Americans who still have “no choice” to get wired, broadband Internet at their homes. Pressing forward with a rallying cry of “competition, competition, competition,” he defended his agency’s recent moves to enforce net neutrality, even as large-scale incumbents have jockeyed to block those moves in court, according to BroadbandBreakfast. Read the full article here.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Gigafying the MDU

For those of you arriving early to the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin this week, make sure to check out InfiniSys CEO Richard Holtz as he leads a free workshop on gigafying the MDU. Apartment operators will learn what it takes to wire a community to accommodate cord-cutters, work-at-home professionals and even 4K TV watchers. The all-star panel of speakers includes representatives from XFINITY Communities, Tellabs, AT&T Connected Communities and more. The billing promises “no holds barred,” with experts available to answer your toughest questions. Look for signs for Workshop #3. Starts at 2 pm CDT April 13.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Gigabit fiber to my apartment? Please and thank you!

Residents at Dayton’s newest downtown apartment community, Water Street Flats, will soon have something folks in more urbane locales would die for – gigabit fiber in their apartments. That’s 1,000 mbps, or 40 times faster than the FCC’s recently upgraded definition of broadband Internet, and will be able to handle 4K streaming video (or 8K, for that matter) with ease. The fiber is being laid by Dayton-based Extra Mile Fiber, which is openly aping the Google Fiber business model to provide lightning quick connectivity in its hometown, according to this article in the Dayton Daily News. Way to go, Ohio!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Who's got game? Courting millennial renters

Apartment owners are going after Millennials with a full-court press, and not just during March Madness. The opportunity represented by this groundswell of echo-boom renters, who will become the nation’s largest living generation this year, outstrips anything multifamily has seen in recent memory. But that begs the question: Is multifamily ready for this new wave? Having gotten used to the over-the-top amenities that are the signature of student housing today, Millennials have high expectations when it comes to technology. First on their list? Fast, robust Internet. Check out this exclusive Industry Voices article over at Student Housing Business featuring InfiniSys CEO Richard Holtz, and learn about the fast break multifamily owners will have to pull off to cater to this new generation of residents.   

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Automatic for the (Apartment) People

Up until now, home automation has mainly focused on single-family residences. But that many soon be changing. In this article, Multifamily Executive’s Laura McNulty takes a look at a home automation hub that not only connects apartment dwellers to their homes – and devices such as smart thermostats or other appliances -- but also puts residents and managers in constant communication, too. Of course, the key for this type of automation to really hit home for apartment dwellers will be a robust, reliable Internet connection that doesn't get bogged down during peak periods. In the meantime, at least you'll be able to know if you really did turn the coffee pot off before leaving for work. Read the article here.