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We’re Delivering Better Fiber Network Mapping Solutions With CrescentLink by GEOGRAPH

GEOGRAPH wasn’t founded on a whim. We spent decades working for rural broadband providers, and when we couldn’t find the right solutions to make network mapping and management simpler, we decided to build them ourselves. We poured our 75+ combined years of real-world telecom experience into our products, and we’re proud to say that today […]

How to Simplify Your Electric Co-op Fiber Network Mapping With CrescentLink

Electric cooperatives face many unique challenges when it comes to managing their fiber network map with out-of-the-box solutions, from a lack of visibility into their records while in the field to relying on multiple data sources and more. In our latest blog, we’re exploring how a specialized fiber management software like CrescentLink by GEOGRAPH simplifies […]

[Infographic] The Road to Successfully Managing Your Electrical Cooperative Network

Electrical co-ops face many unique challenges when it comes to network management, from a lack of visibility while working in the field to dependence on “Fiber Bob” and more. If you’re struggling to overcome these challenges, this infographic will show you how CrescentLink by GEOGRAPH has been helping electrical cooperatives successfully map and manage their […]

3 Tips for Improving Your Electric Cooperative Fiber Network Management

Electric cooperatives are at the core of providing electricity to suburban and rural communities, but many electric co-ops don’t have as much experience managing fiber networks as they do with managing electric. This unfamiliarity can lead to piecing together out-of-the-box fiber management solutions that create inefficiencies and result in costly mistakes. If you’re having trouble […]

Factoring ROI When Modernizing Your System of Records

Return on investment, or ROI, is at the heart of nearly all business decisions. From hiring new employees to making important equipment purchases, it is a leading measure of profitability. It is also a valuable metric to use if you are considering investing in a modern system of records. Here we’ll use an example of […]

Simple Strategies For Timely and Efficient Preparation of FCC Form 477

These strategies apply to FCC Form 477 filings for data as of December 31, 2019 and beyond. For more information or requirements for data before December 31, 2019 visit the FCC website here. Here are simple guidelines you may follow to make your preparation for FCC Form 477 quick and efficient: Identify all project stakeholders […]

Centralized Split Architecture in FTTH Networks

In our latest webinar we examined the various methods and architectures in designing and planning FTTx networks. There are pros and cons to each. This article will focus on fiber to the home (FTTH) networks using a centralized-split architecture and its advantages and disadvantages. First, let’s define FTTH. This terminology is used to describe a […]

Top Considerations for Better High-Level Fiber Network Planning

Generally, there are three levels of FTTx network planning: strategic, high-level, and detailed. At a strategic level, stakeholders decide to what extent the network should grow and how much to invest in that growth. High-level planning is about structural considerations for each geographic planning area. Finally, during detailed network planning, the “to-build” plan is created. […]

A Commonly Overlooked Step in GIS Data Migration

You’ve set up your Geographic Information System (GIS) platform and now you’re ready to move your data from CAD and Excel files into your GIS. This is not a simple task as it comes with a long list of things to consider. How accurate is your data? Is your data missing information? Does your data […]

Legacy Plant is Not Going Away Anytime Soon

It’s no secret that fiber outperforms legacy plant by a big stretch. Yet, most of the country still runs on Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) or Copper plant. According to 2020 Network Medium Coverage Data, only about 40% coverage in the US is with fiber, while 91% is with HFC or Copper. In the best-case scenario, […]

How Regulatory Requirements Force Digital Transformation

Digital transformation has been a buzzword for several years. Generally, it refers to the adoption and implementation of digital technologies to transform the way business is done. Usually, this process is driven by market demand: it is not enough to offer a landline and DSL-based internet or to have an outage that lasts for days. […]

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Let’s Talk CAPEX

Planning and managing your capital expenditures (CAPEX) is a challenging task. It can be particularly difficult during a worldwide pandemic. As demand for broadband increases, you may face tough decisions: Do you focus on strategic growth or tactical maintenance? Do you seize opportunities outside your footprint, or secure your current network and customers? How can […]