Reports of cable sabotage, underwater ambitions, and industry proclamations of the legal and scientific varieties were among the most-read stories of the past week here at Cabling Installation & Maintenance and CablingInstall.com(Pictured above:Google's underwater Street View camera)
Sabotage of Verizon's cable lines leaves thousands without service -- On April 20 Verizon issued a release stating that thousands of its customers “have been cut off from critical services over the past few days as criminals have damaged or destroyed critical network facilities. There have been at least 24 suspected incidents of sabotage over the past week in five states in which services were cut off for thousands of residential and business customers, including a local police and fire department in New Jersey.”
Microsoft wants bigger underwater data centers -- Microsoft is stepping up its underwater data center ambitions, following the results of an experiment that saw it sink a small ‘data center pod’ off the coast of California last year.
Hong Kong university claims new world record for fastest data center optical communications -- Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) claims to have achieved the world's fastest optical communications speed for data centers, by reaching 240 Gbit/s over two kilometers -- 24 times the existing data speed available in the market.
Legal investigation of Corning's AFOP buyout is announced -- Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. (Wilmington, Del.) announced that it is investigating potential legal claims against the board of directors of Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. (AFOP) regarding possible breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of law related to the company's entry into an agreement to be acquired by Corning Incorporated, in a transaction valued at approximately $305 million.
In Illinois, due diligence continues for sale of fiber-optic system -- The Champaign City Council expressed cautious optimism about the potential buyers of iTV3.
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