Congressional Members Look to Work with FCC on CAF II

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The FCC was asked by more than 40 Congress members to allow service providers to install high-speed broadband connections to isolated communities under the Connect America Funding II (CAF II) program. This request was a joint effort by the members of both Republican and Democratic parties. The CAF II is the last stage of FCC’s Universal Service Fund (USF) modification, and the rules established will determine the fate of millions of rural Americans receiving broadband service.

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Digital Realty Connects

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Digital Realty, a company consisting of some of the world’s leading data center experts involved in helping clients acquire, own, expand and operate data centers, is concluding a two-year expansion plan. The objective of the two-year plan is to use an international network to connect its 131 global data centers. In 2013, Digital Realty’s data centers, which spread throughout the enterprise in 33 markets, accomplished the connection of European properties. By the end of the year, the company expects to complete North America and Asia-Pacific connectivity, which will add data centers onto the network in Melbourne, Singapore, Hong Kong and Osaka.  Read More

Drones and GIS

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Drones, commonly referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have transformed into data-gathering tools for GIS throughout the past 15 years. Today’s drones vary in sizes, costs and uses. A “prosumer” UAV has become a primary resource to acquire remotely-sensed GIS data. As the market for UAVs continues to expand, it is imperative to grasp five fundamental elements of drones: the technology, unmanned aerial vehicle components, the applications, the market and the barriers to success.   Read More

New TouchShare Web Manages GIS Investments in ESRI Mapping, Feature Services, Network KML, Open Geospatial Consortium Data

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TouchShare, leader of geospatial collaboration solutions, has announced the launch of TouchShare Web. TouchShare Web is TouchShare’s browser application that manages the investments of GIS in ESRI Mapping, Feature Services, Network KML, and other Open Geospatial Consortium data such as Web Mapping Services. Compared to preceding TouchShare solutions, TouchShare Web contains a single platform, providing customers internal or external servers to view, analyze and maneuver several data files. This innovative platform that holds a user integration and collaboration framework centers on tools and functions that assist and better business decisions. Read More

CenturyLink Introduces the CenturyLink Private Cloud

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CenturyLink, provider of TV, Voice and Internet, has innovated its hybrid cloud strategy by introducing a global private cloud. CenturyLink Private Cloud, provided across 57 data centers in 34 cities worldwide, offers enterprises in need of a private cloud hosted locally a choice of public, private and hybrid cloud computing sources. Although each private cloud is enclosed in a boundary, a federation into the operator’s network of public nodes provides additional resources available in the operator’s public cloud. The identical platform of the private cloud to the public cloud, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), creates easy interchange between the two. This interface makes it simpler to develop and manage hybrid cloud environments.   Read More

Galvanize and Zayo Collaborate to Boost Tech Start-Up

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Zayo Group, LLC, worldwide provider of bandwidth infrastructure services, and Galvanize, a network of urban campuses focused on curriculum for digital and tech entrepreneurs, announced its collaboration to boost Galvanize’s strongly connected human-to-human network by using Zayo’s innovative and advanced multi-Gigabit fiber network. Zayo’s multi-Gigabit network stretches 77,113 route miles on metro and intercity fiber assets, and includes dark fiber, wavelengths, SONET, Ethernet, IP services, and carrier-neutral colocation and interconnection. Read More

Windstream Converts Assets into REIT

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Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced plans to spin off a portion of its network assets into an independent Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). The assets Windstream plan on spinning out comprise of fiber and copper networks in addition to real estate that will serve as a REIT. Windstream will be leased an initial estimated rent payment of $650 million per year by this REIT.

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CenturyLink Expands Gigabit Service to 16 U.S. Cities

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As the demand for lightning-fast gigabit service rapidly increases, more companies join the race to provide gigabit Internet to cities and businesses nationwide. CenturyLink, a leading provider of Internet, TV and Voice, has already announced its plan to deliver symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second to specific locations in 16 cities. Incorporated in the expansion are Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Phoenix, Sioux Falls, Spokane, Tucson, Columbia (MO), Denver, Jefferson City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Omaha, Orlando, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Read More

Fiber Optics Growth in the Caribbean

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Trinidad and Tobago is one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the Caribbean. It has a reputation for being an excellent investment location with one of the highest growing per capita incomes in all of Latin America, so it is no wonder that Trinidad and Tobago is also experiencing a fiber optic boom. Read More

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