Why Open Access Networks is the right choice for communities An increasing number of US cities are considering a deployment of fiber networks to ensure job creation, economic development and quality of life for their residents. Community leaders realize that the younger generations and businesses of the future will not accept inadequate broadband access. What they also realize is that the incumbent providers will prioritize their investments to the bigger markets where the business case is the most favorable. It’s simply how the market dynamics work. For the US to reach its national broadband target and to stay competitive in an increasingly connected world, cities need to build networks. This session, which will end with an audience involved discussion will elaborate on what an open access network is and why it’s the right model for a city building a network. It will exemplify the difference between a last mile and a middle mile open access network and deep dive in the model that has proven to be very successful in many markets, especially in Sweden. The session will also look into demand aggregation, letting future subscribers pre-register in neighborhood zones, and why that is quickly becoming the natural first step of fiber deployments. While there is a lot of technical focus in this industry for obvious reasons, this session is not for the techies, but those who want to find the right model to build an economically sustainable network and a model that will ensure high adoption and reasonably priced services to subscribers. Isak Finer holds a position as Chief Marketing Officer at the strongly expansive company COS Systems (COS) where he is managing the sales and marketing teams. COS is headquartered in Isak’s hometown of Umea, Sweden, where one of the world’s first city owned fiber optic networks was deployed in 1994. The COS founders have since then been a part of the FTTx industry developing software solutions to plan and manage fiber networks. The first full system solution was the BSS/OSS platform COS Business Engine, first launched in 2008, and built from the ground-up to support Open Access Networks. COS now has clients on five continents with a majority of the customers in the USA.