B4B - Build for Broadband

Upcoming Webinars

July 25, 2019 - G.FAST TECHNOLOGY: GETTING MORE BROADBAND IN BROWNFIELD MDUs: Learn about G.Fast technology as an option to get high speed broadband over existing wiring in your older MDU. Register Here

Find more on all B4B webinars here

Over half of Seattle's residents live in multi-dwelling-unit (MDU) housing and it continues to be our fastest growing housing segment; 80% of 2019 housing permits have been for MDU buildings. 

Like residents in single family homes, MDU residents want access to competitive, high-speed broadband. A 2017 City survey found that 66% of MDU residents said it was very important to have a choice in broadband providers. But access to competitive, high speed options is often limited - by older building wiring or a new building's lack of telecommunication infrastructure capacity. A lack of broadband planning can also lead to new buildings constructed with infrastructure insufficient to meet the future needs of residents. 

The City's B4B-Build For Broadband Initiative wants to help address this. We'll provide information to support best practices in planning for MDU broadband infrastructure. We'll also provide information on emerging technologies that could prove helpful to getting more competition and higher speeds to older buildings.

B4B-Tip Ensuring Broadband Service Access for MDU Development Projects

B4B-Tip 6000 was developed by the City and ISPs working together to recommend steps all projects should follow to plan exterior broadband service connections when constructing new MDUs.

The primary broadband planning step - for a new build or major remodel - is to engage broadband service providers (ISPs) and plan for the exterior connectivity to your building. To ensure your MDU will be broadband ready when residents move in:

  • Determine which providers can serve the property
  • Don't assume an ISP can serve your building
  • Contact ISPs early, at the same time you reach out to other utilities
  • Plan to install separate conduit for multiple ISPs to increase competitive options at your building
  • Arrange for ISPs to install when ground work is being done

For more guidance on how to approach this early planning, and for helpful ISP contact information read the full B4B-Tip 6000

2018 Forum Best Practices for ISP Competition

Watch the City's Forum on MDU Internet Access for Property Owners and Managers with presentations on best practices for allowing multiple ISPs to serve residential MDU buildings. 

B4B-Webinar Series

A free summer webinar series is being offered to cover foundational areas for understanding broadband and planning elements for serving your building. Webinars will run from 12:00-1:00 pm PST.

  • BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY 101  - June 13, 2019  Watch full webinar* or view slides.  What exactly is broadband and why do builders need to plan for it like any other utility? This webinar is for the non-technical audience and provides a review of the broadband challenges in the U.S. through the lens of the internet’s deployment history, looking at both wired and wireless infrastructure. Presenter: Joanne Hovis, owner of CTC Technology and Energy and co-founder of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC). See Joanne's full Bio here  *(note: there is some background noise during presentation due to where presenter was located)
  • PATHWAYS: July 18, 2019  Watch full webinar or view slides Infrastructure pathways are the foundation of MDU broadband connectivity. Learn what's needed to get broadband connectivity in your building and how to ensure you've got access for competitive service options and flexibility for future service changes. Presenters: Clark Guler, the Business Development Manager-MicroTechnology for Dura-Line Corporation. Dura-Line is an International TL9000 and ISO9001 registered company that provides pathway solutions for broadband, electrical, industrial and commercial applications.  Haley Krommenhoek, the Manager of Electrical Engineering for Rushing, a Seattle-based mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and sustainability consulting firm.
  • G.FAST TECHNOLOGY: GETTING MORE BROADBAND IN BROWNFIELD MDUs: July 25, 2019 Register Today This webinar focuses on an emerging technology to increase broadband service in older buildings. Learn about G.Fast technology that is able to offer high speed broadband service over existing wiring, avoiding the need to rewire a building to offer increased speeds or a competitive provider option to your residents. Presenter: Kevin McClain, Business Development Director at ADTRAN specializing in the introduction of new telecom access technologies.
  • WIRED vs. WIRELESS: August 2019    An introduction to the wired and wireless options for providing broadband service in Seattle MDUs. This will help you understand the pros and cons of each solution, how and when they can complement each other, and whether you have more options for your MDUs.
  • AGREEMENTS: August 2019  An overview of the types of agreements involved with bringing internet services to your MDU and best practices for protecting your future service flexibility and control. Be prepared to navigate your options and contract language before making long-term contract decisions for your building!

Seattle is fortunate to have several broadband providers that can serve MDUs with up to Gigabit service. These providers will work with you to assess the availability of broadband service connection options for your project. The below contacts can help you reach team members trained to work with builders and developers.

Comcast

CenturyLink

Wave Broadband

Atlas Networks

Broadband Communities Magazinewww.bbcmag.com/multifamily-broadband

Provides information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities, with an aim to help large-scale and wholesale buyers and users of broadband technologies, equipment, and services competitively distinguish their properties and communities in a rapidly-changing marketplace.

Light Reading: www.lightreading.com

An independent online news, analysis and opinion resource reporting on all that's hot in the telecommunications sector. Light Reading covers telecom, mobile and cable network operators, cloud services players, and all the companies developing and supplying them with technology, applications and professional services.  A great resource for learning more about current and emerging cable and wireless video and broadband-related technologies, and for free webinars on a variety of topics.

Multifamily Broadband Councilwww.mfbroadband.org/about/multi-family-housing

The trade association representing the experts who deliver unique, personalized broadband solutions to Multifamily communities. For Multifamily owners who are looking for choices, offers an internal referral network to help connect them with alternative broadband providers who can fulfill their needs.