Disruptive mid-summer: The week's top stories

July 21, 2017
Some major company announcements plus a couple of tales of human disruption on the jobsite.

Rounding out this week's top stories, a pair of major company announcements sure to make ripples around the industry, plus a couple of tales of human disruption on the cabling jobsite.

General Cable puts itself up for sale

The company’s chairman said he expects the cable industry to consolidate.

CommScope acquiring copper and fiber assembly house Cable Exchange

CommScope says acquiring the quick-turnaround assembly house will help it better serve multitenant and hyperscale data centers.

Striking Spectrum cabling tech arrested for vandalizing 100+ fiber-optic cables in NYC; charges dropped pending investigation

ABC reported that a striking Spectrum installer named Michael Tolve was arrested, but that charges were later dropped and his arrest was sealed.

Service provider MediaCom suffers two fiber cable cuts within an hour

Two ‘back hoe fade’ fiber cable incidents—one caused by a grass-mowing crew and the other by a construction crew—left about 36,000 customers without service.

Preloaded patch panels allow one-handed termination

Belden recently introduced the REVConnect Preloaded Patch Panel, which the company said supports faster deployment in enterprise networks.

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