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  2. Last March, NPD Group projected that there were around 734 million connected devices in use in the United States, averaging 7.8 connected devices per home. And it’s not exactly a bold guess to say that number has probably boomed in the ensuing months since the research firm released that report. With all those gadgets demanding a lot of upload and download attention from broadband networks in both homes and businesses, announcements from a variety of providers about speed boost offerings aren’t hard to come by. Verizon made one of the latest reveals of an advanced speed service rollout on Thursday, saying that on Jan. 14 it will begin offering Fios Instant Internet with equal upload and download speeds of 750 Mbps. The symmetrical nature of the offering is interesting given that most ultra high-speed services pushing toward 1 Gbps don’t offer upload speeds similar to download. The Fios 750/750 Mbps symmetrical speeds will reportedly be available to nearly seven million homes and businesses in New York City/northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Richmond, Va. More markets are promised this year, including Boston and Norfolk, Va., later in the first quarter.
  3. As 2017 promises to be "the Year of DOCSIS 3.1" for cable, the industry is working to supercharge its Internet delivery upstream. While DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 have set the stage for downstream speeds at gigabit levels, the upstream return path has been limited, putting cable at a potential competitive disadvantage as cloud, video, business services, Internet of Things (IoT) and other rich applications eat up upstream capacity. According to a new Heavy Reading report, Cable Bets On Full Duplex for Symmetrical Broadband, the cable industry is rallying around Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) to overcome its upstream limitations and enable symmetrical Internet service at multiple gigabit speeds. As an extension of DOCSIS 3.1, FDX relies upon cable's existing hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) architecture and uses unique tricks to share downstream and upstream bandwidth without causing signal interference. However, the report says, FDX requires significant changes in cable's last-mile plant and is unlikely to move into the marketplace until 2019. The growing requirements for upstream capacity beg the nagging question of whether cable providers need to build fiber to the home, as Altice 's US division has already decided to do.
  4. Canada's Shaw Communications announced a voice-controlled television product on Wednesday that it hopes will help it stem years of market share losses to western Canadian telecom rival Telus. The product, named BlueSky TV, is available in Calgary and will expand to other markets in coming months, Shaw said in a statement. The product is powered by Comcast's X1 (cmcsa, -0.32%) technology, which is making its first foray outside of the United States.
  5. Liberty Media Corp. Chairman John Malone said the Trump presidency could open a new era of consolidation and raised the possibility that three major cable TV companies could join forces and enter the wireless business by acquiring T-Mobile US Inc. Speaking at a Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. investor event, the cable billionaire said he expects less-restrictive regulatory oversight from the incoming Donald Trump administration. Malone, 75, became one of the largest shareholders of Lions Gate, a film and TV company, through its purchase of his Starz cable networks and other deals. As business lines begin to blur with phone providers like AT&T Inc. offering live TV over broadband, Malone said a cable industry response could be possible. AT&T, the owner of DirecTV, recently agreed to buy Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion, a deal that will require regulatory approval from the new administration.
  6. Livonia, Mich., has partnered with WOW! Business for advanced fiber-optic connectivity to its government services for residents. WOW! originally began working with the city back in 2015 to install fiber with 100 Mbps of dedicated internet access to the city hall complex. That reportedly doubled the city's overall bandwidth from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps. According to a WOW! statement, the service has allowed the city to reduce operating costs, increase efficiency, and lower the amount of resources previously required to manage the information services the city provides residents. WOW! reports that Livonia is a key expansion area for the company as it extends its local HFC network to support the city itself, and more residents and businesses in the future. The operator says it offers most residents in the region high-speed internet, video, and voice and has plans to expand services to reach all residents in the area.
  7. Comcast has tapped Arris and Technicolor as its first two suppliers for the XB6, a DOCSIS 3.1-powered, multi-gigabit advanced gateway that the MSO plans to start rolling out in the first quarter of 2017, according to multiple industry sources. Comcast declined to name its XB6 suppliers, but confirmed that its first version of the product will employ Intel’s Corp.’s Puma 7 chipset, and that it is also designing a version that will run on silicon from Broadcom. Sources said the first Intel-based XB6 model is being made by Arris, and that Technicolor is working on the Broadcom-based model.
  8. "There's a lot of reasons why the packages, the big rich packages, will stay together," Tom Rutledge told an investors conference. The fat cable bundle isn't going away anytime soon, Tom Rutledge, head of cable operator Charter Communications, told investors on Wednesday. "I think there's a lot of reasons why the packages, the big rich packages, will stay together, and why people will continue to pursue their historic [consumer] patterns," the Charter CEO and chairman told the annual Citi 2017 Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas during a session that was webcast.
  9. After completing its acquisition of InnoTrans last year, H.I.G. Capital LLC announced this week that its portfolio company, ATX Networks Corp., has now acquired Pico Digital. Pico has its HQ in San Diego, and designs and manufactures distribution and customer premise equipment for cable companies, satellite providers, and radio customers. Hotels, universities, healthcare facilities, and MDUs use Pico’s satellite gateway equipment to transmit customized video and data services to each room in a property. “Pico Digital represents a highly strategic and complementary investment, allowing us to continue to grow our commercial video solutions business worldwide and providing ATX entrance into the satellite and radio markets,” ATX’s President and CEO Ken Wildgoose says. “We have been very impressed with Pico’s leadership, blue-chip customer relationships, and technological capabilities.”
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    I hate to revive this again, but I can't find the wheel. I had one a few years ago but it got removed from the truck i drove (line crew). I am now a do everything tech, and the wheel would be a good help in finding a particular pair. I looked around Superior Essex website but couldn't find it. Any suggestions for where or which company makes it?
  11. Munford is pretty good. It isn't growing as much as it was a few years ago.
  12. I retired from the Bell System 20 years ago this month. I only worked once after that. I worked as a PCS for a contractor for Bell on a directional boring job for a couple of month. I was offered a job for a fairly big operation doing the same thing but it was a little far away from my house and I had to start right away and I had existing plans and could not start when they wanted me to. So that was the end of my post retirement career. I assume If I had taken the job and performed to their satisfaction I could have kept working all ove Florida and mabe other states. I will have to said that the manager of the company was a retired Bell engineer who Had been a cable repairman before becoming an engineer and had been my cable helper when he started with Bell. How's Mumford/ I had a nephew who lived there for a while when he was in the Navy. I visited there several times since I had Grandkids in Memphis. I am originally from up the road from you in Carroll County.
  13. The retail availability of the first batch of DOCSIS 3.1 modems continues to be a bit of a moving target. After it initially hoped to start selling its first DOCSIS 3.1 modem at retail by the end of 2016, Arris confirmed that it now expects to spark sales of the device, the SB8200, by “early 2017.”
  14. Still shooting for regulatory approval of its proposed Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks purchases by the end of March, Charter Communications is sorting out how to roll out its new cloud-based video guide and DOCSIS 3.1 technology throughout its footprint. Charter Communications Inc. President and CEO Tom Rutledge -- who aims to transform the fourth-largest US MSO into the second-biggest one through its deals for Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks -- laid out those ambitions Thursday morning. Speaking on the company's fourth-quarter earnings call, which detailed the MSO's continued resurgence in subscriber and revenue growth, Rutledge said Charter executives are now grappling with how to extend their Spectrum guide to all their video customers and how to introduce DOCSIS 3.1 speeds to their even bigger broadband base.
  15. BEAVER COUNTY, Okla. (KVII) — A man working to restore power in Beaver County died Sunday evening, according to Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC.) According to TCEC, the man was part of a contract crew. A second person was being flown to a burn unit in Oklahoma City, the coop said. The identity of the man killed was not immediately released. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads TCEC said the man died after the contract crew "came into contact with a high voltage line".
  16. PADUCAH, KY - Travelers should be on the lookout for a funeral procession on Interstate 24 this Saturday. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation crews will be honoring Josh Franklin by escorting his funeral procession along I-24 and US 641 from the funeral in Paducah to the graveside services near Fredonia. Franklin was a lineman for Jackson Purchase who died after coming into contact with a live wire. The caravan is expected to travel along I-24 eastbound from exit 7 at Paducah to exit 40 at Eddyville starting around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Eastbound I-24 traffic, as well as traffic on US 62 and US 45, may have to be halted by police to allow the procession to enter I-24 at exit 7. The caravan is expected to travel about 55 miles per hour with a police escort and take about 40 minutes to travel along I-24.
  17. When a utility worker in Key Largo, Fla., noticed that a section of a paved street was not settling properly, he decided to remove a manhole cover and descend into the earth. Moments later on Monday morning, the 15-foot-deep hole went silent. Sensing the man was trapped, a fellow utility worker climbed into the drainage hole to rescue him. When he, too, stopped responding, a third worker entered the same hole. All three men died, overcome by poisonous fumes underground, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. A Key Largo firefighter who made a desperate attempt to save the men also became unconscious within seconds. The firefighter, Leonardo Moreno, an eight-year veteran of the department, was flown to a hospital and was in critical condition Tuesday. The hole, just wide enough to fit a body, was filled with hydrogen sulfide and methane gas created from years of rotted vegetation, the Miami Herald reported. None of the four men wore masks or carried the air packs that could have likely saved their lives. Moreno descended into the hole without his air tank because he could not fit through the hole with it, according to Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay.
  18. Newfoundland & Labrador LIVESt. John'sMore Streams CBC Radio One Listen Live Home Opinion World Canada Politics Business Health Entertainment Technology & Science Video Canada NL Phil Parsons dies in accident at Maritime Link project Friends remember 30-year-old as a kind and genuine man A man killed in an industrial accident at the Maritime Link project near Stephenville Crossing is being remembered as a kind and genuine friend. Phil Parsons, 30, of Stephenville died Monday at the project's Indian Head site. He was employed by a contractor doing work for Emera.
  19. A worker on the Maritime Link project site near Stephenville Crossing has been killed, Emera confirmed on Monday night. A 30-year-old man, who was with a contractor, was killed at the project's Indian Head site. A spokesperson for the RCMP said the workplace accident took place at about 3:30 p.m. Police said late Monday night that the man lived in Stephenville. An investigation into the death has begun. Investigators with the province's Occupational Health and Safety Division were on site Monday, police say. Jeff Myrick, a spokesperson for Emera, said Monday night that the company was still gathering details on the incident. "Our thoughts are with the worker's family at this time," Myrick wrote in an email. "Effective immediately we have asked all contractors to stand down so we can take the time to investigate this incident and to do our utmost to support the contractor, its employees and all other workers on the project."
  20. Several net-metering bills got their first hearing in the Montana Legislature this week, setting off another session in which lawmakers will attempt to fine-tune how small electricity generators sell excess energy to the state’s electric grid. “Net metering” refers to the credits that dispersed energy producers, including homeowners and businesses throughout the state, receive from utility companies that own the transmission infrastructure to distribute their excess power. On Tuesday, a pair of bills introduced by Sen. Pat Connell, R-Hamilton, won the approval of utility companies operating in the state, while opponents testified the measures would effectively dampen the state’s growing sector of rooftop solar and other small electricity operations. Senate Bill 1 would require dispersed generators to install “smart grid” technology that he said would improve the safety and reliability of the electrical grid, including electricity meters equipped with inverters and two-way communication systems to limit potential disruption to the grid. “I am just suggesting that those folks in the exponential expansion of net metering need to be just as responsive to the protection of the grid and the supply of electricity for all of our constituents,” Connell said, noting that he supports the growth of independent generators in the state’s energy sector. Renewable-energy advocates argued against the technology mandate, however. Orion Thornton, with the Montana Renewable Energy Association said the proposal is premature, given the absence of existing standards for the technology required by the bill.
  21. ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - There has been an explosion at a power plant in Adams County. The explosion took place at Dayton Power and Light's J.M. Stuart Station on U.S. 52 between Aberdeen and Manchester. There are reports of six people injured. No word on the severity of those injuries.
  22. LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- Clean Energy Future, a Boston-based developer of gas-turbine power plants, announced today that it will build a second 940-megawatt plant here. The Trumbull Energy Center will be right next door to its twin, the Lordstown Energy Center, now under construction and expected to go into service in June 2018. The company expects to have financing for the Trumbull Energy Center in place by this December. Construction is planned to begin in January 2018. The second plant should be in service by May 2020, said William Siderewicz, president of Clean Energy Future. Financing for each of the Lordstown plants is about $900 million, said Siderewicz. Because the power plants use the exhaust heat of the gas turbines to run a steam turbine, the combined cycle system is rated at 66 percent efficient, he said, or roughly twice as efficient as a typical coal-fired power plant. In other words, the electricity should be priced at about half the cost of power from coal plants, said Siderewicz, in an interview before today's press conference. Together, the two power plants will generate 1,880 megawatts, enough electricity to power 1.7 million homes, he said, and at a much lower cost than conventional coal and nuclear power plants. Clean Energy Future and its partners are building two similar gas-turbine power plants in Oregon, Ohio, about a mile from a FirstEnergy coal-and-coke-fired power plant that will be shut down or sold because it cannot compete with gas.
  23. DETROIT (WJBK) - A DTE worker responding to a call of a downed wire is robbed at gunpoint on Detroit's west side. Fortunately, he wasn't hurt, but the bad guy is still on the run. Wild winds knock down power lines overnight in Detroit. When that happens DTE has a plan to make sure no one is hurt by a downed wire. "We deploy regular employees, moms, dads, brothers and sisters out into the field," said Michael Lynch, director of DTE Security. That's what happened at the corner of Epworth and Joy. Video of a DTE Energy crew watching a line was taken from a convenience store at the intersection.. On the video watch as a man appears and walks towards the crew.
  24. Siskiyou County, Cal.- A contract employee with Pacific Power died Monday morning after an accident involving a tree branch. The Oregon man was with a crew on State Route 89 near Mt. Shasta City when the accident happened. “The individual had been attempting to remove a tree branch, and the tree branch evidently snapped back and struck the victim,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. The victim’s name has not been released. Both the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and Pacific Power are investigating the incident. Pacific Power released a statement Monday afternoon saying, in part, “Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of this lineman during this difficult time.” Sheriff Lopey says the incident is a warning to everyone. “If you’re working or traveling or simply outdoors, just be prepared,” Lopey said. “Try to avoid [going out] if possible and realize it’s very, very dangerous out there.”
  25. Dive Brief: The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has applied to the Department of Energy for authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada. SPP would transmit the electricity on an emergency basis for five years using existing international transmission facilities owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The exported electricity would be surplus energy in excess of SPP’s load requirements. SPP did not provide reasoning for the proposal in its request, and did not return requests for comment before press time. Dive Insight: With the integration of Basin Electric in October 2015, SPP’s grid reached into Canada. Basin Electric’s systems' deliver electricity to 2.9 million consumers in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, and New Mexico. SPP’s territory covers portions of the same states, as well as Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. In the wake of Basin Electric joining SPP, the organization in January 2016 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve tariffs that would allow recognize the U.S.-Canadian border as a point of sale for transactions with a Canadian transmission provider.
  26. MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY - A Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative system worker was injured Friday afternoon in McCracken County when he made contact with a live power line. The company says the journeyman line technician was taken to Lourdes hospital by ambulance, and he will remain their until he can be flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for further treatment. “The soul of our organization has been rocked by this injury," President and CEO Dennis Cannon said in a news release Friday. "All of our focus is now on our fellow employee and his family. We ask that our members and the community please join us in praying for his health, his family, and the medical personnel who are in charge of his care." Jackson Purchase says company officials have notified the Kentucky Public Service Commission, and the incident is under investigation. Homes on Bethel Church Road in Magruder Village in Kevil — the area where the incident happened — are experiencing a power outage, according to the company. The company says it cannot release any other information at this time while officials focus on the employee's well-being. We will bring you more information when it becomes available.
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