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Tales From the Vault #2: Stories of Joint Use in the Wild

At Alden, our experts travel all over the country solving infrastructure asset management, data collection, data management and joint use issues for companies of all shapes and sizes. We see a lot of different situations, and as a result, we...

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Ashley Little
. 06.30.2016

Topics: telecommunications asset management

How Backlogs Can Send Your Business Backwards

Let’s discuss something called the butterfly effect for a moment. Aside from being a decently entertaining Ashton Kutcher-led mid-2000s film, it is an actual offshoot of chaos theory that theorizes that, in short, even the smallest action can...

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Ashley Little
. 05.24.2016

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Joint Use Hot Topics: The Race for Air and Land

As we have mentioned, the field of service providers—especially jack-of-all-trades businesses who blur the lines between telecommunications, entertainment and broadband internet—is getting a little crowded. Utility poles are now packed with...

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Ashley Little
. 05.17.2016

Topics: telecommunications asset management

The Down Low on RT - Remote Terminal Assets

Most people probably do not pay much attention to the boxes on the side of the road called remote terminals or RTs. Most probably they do not realize they house equipment and function as important extensions to telco central office locations.

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Ashley Little
. 02.10.2015

Topics: telecommunications asset management

The Rural Broadband Experiment: The Winners!

 

We would probably say that nearly everyone “wins” in the race to connect rural locations to high-speed internet—families, children, schools, small businesses, everyone—but the FCC recently announced the names of 40 entities who will receive a...

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Ashley Little
. 02.3.2015

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Pack and Ship: Safe Circuit Pack Shipping to Avoid Loss

Wrapping and shipping are a couple of the activities we do not all enjoy. In the CO world, however, these tasks such as packing up and shipping out plugs from CO (central office) to CO, RT to CO or to other facilities within a company’s system, is a...

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Ashley Little
. 01.22.2015

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Plug-in Spares Management

Manufacture Discontinued Assets: Do Not Hoard, Label!

In the CO (central office) world, as well as elsewhere in the utility and telecommunications universe, there will always be specific pieces of equipment that are considered “critical”—that is, vital to operations and maintaining uninterrupted...

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Ashley Little
. 12.11.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Cities get busy as citizens Demand Broadband; Cities Get Busy

You could say it all started in Kansas City. In 2012, tech giant Google extended the high-speed broadband carrot to all residents of the mid-sized Kansas city, immediately sparking a race to become the second—and third and fourth—metro area to be...

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Ashley Little
. 12.9.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Real-Life Tales of Conduit Horror

It is Halloween, and here on the Alden Joint Use Communications blog, we are thinking about some scary stuff. Are we having nightmares about zombies? Seeing witches around every corner? Hearing ghosts rustle down the hall? No.

The horrors on our...

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Ashley Little
. 10.31.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Telco Download: What is a Central Office?

Today begins a recurring series on the Alden Updater about telecommunications industry issues, equipment and central office organization, starting with a primer on one of the most important links in the call chain: the central office itself....

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Ashley Little
. 10.9.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Gigabit Service to “Light Up Cincinnati”: Are you Ready?

It is up to 100 times faster than traditional broadband, already available to corporate and institutional customers around the U.S., and is coming to homes in a mid-sized city near you. What is it? Gigabit broadband service. This month,...

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Ashley Little
. 09.12.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Gigabit Wireless: Are You Ready?

Everywhere you look, we are more and more connected. Our televisions stream high-definition content into our living rooms. Our gaming devices allow real-time play with competitors around the world. Our music comes from the cloud, not a stack of...

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Ashley Little
. 07.2.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Underground Vaults: Out of Sight But Not Out of Reach for Bootlegs

Utility poles are visible, tangible assets—40 feet of hard to forget wood towering above ground. Exposed and often installed in remote areas, it is easy to imagine bootleg attachers finding their way onto them, and creating potential violations...

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Ashley Little
. 06.25.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Rural Broadband: Benefits to Communities, Effects on Utility Pole Owners

In the age of streaming video and multi-player online games, the always-on connectivity and speed of broadband Internet at home is becoming the norm for most people in the U.S. Notice we said “most.” According to AOL, more than 2.5 million people...

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Ashley Little
. 05.21.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Conduit Horrors: Five Scary Reasons to Check Your Vaults

They may not be as visible as the typical utility pole, but underground vaults are a vital—and often overlooked—link in the utility service chain.

We may walk over them every day, but it does not pay to neglect them. For example, two major cities...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 04.16.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Girding the Grid: Vandalism, Safety and Security

You may not have heard much about it, but in April of 2013, someone slipped into an underground vault near a busy freeway in California and cut a few telephone cables. Half an hour later, snipers began firing on a nearby electrical substation, ...

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Ashley Little
. 04.15.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

What Lies Beneath: Safety, Security and Underground Vaults

A sniper opened fire on a California substation on a dark night in April of 2013, however, the story began sometime earlier in an underground vault, where telephone lines were cut hours before the substation was fired upon. While grid security in...

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Ashley Little
. 04.11.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Joint Use Asset Management, Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Rural America is Ready for Broadband. Are you?

In the beginning, in the great wide-open spaces of America, there were only limited, analog entertainment options. Television stations sent signals that were picked up by rooftop antennae, pointed toward the metropolitan meccas. Some homes—those...

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Ashley Little
. 04.9.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Utility Asset Management

Tax Savings: Often-overlooked Benefit of up-to-date Field Asset Inventory Data

Having up-to-date asset inventory data is important for many reasons. Current, accurate data can be used to document ownership, verify your inventory is in working order, and ensure the reliability of your service. Having current inventory data...

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Ashley Little
. 03.5.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

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10 Critical Reasons to Conduct Utility Pole Inspections