ACS Solutions acquires Gepco's cabling solutions from General Cable; Microsoft enhances underwater data center efforts

Installer news from across the web:

> ACS Solutions is acquiring Gepco Brand high-end cabling solutions business from General Cable. Release

> 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. Cabling Installation & Maintenance article

> Fiber Optic Center has released a new industry glossary as the latest in a series of technical resources rolled out in the past year to better serve FOC customers and industry. Release

> In support of April being Autism Awareness Month, LaSalle Solutions is providing complimentary IT support to Little City, at its Illinois locations in Palatine, Schaumburg and Chicago. Release

Cable News
> Cable One plans to spend $250,000 to deploy FTTH broadband services in new residential development in Pascagoula, Miss. Shell Landing golf/resort area. Article

> DirecTV has demurred on a request from California Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) to return to the bargaining table with Time Warner Cable and discuss carriage of TWC SportsNet LA. Article

Telecom News
> BCE, the parent company of Bell Canada, is acquiring Manitoba Telecom Services for approximately $2.5 billion (CAD $3.1 billion), enhancing its presence in the Western Canadian province with a larger wireline broadband and TV footprint. Article

> Shentel's wireline network success in the first quarter, which contributed to the provider's net income rise of 35 percent year over year to $13.9 million, was driven by fiber sales to schools via the FCC's E-Rate program and to wireless operators in its region. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint said it will merge its Assurance Wireless brand with Access Wireless in a tie-up of Lifeline service providers. Article

> AT&T's ambitious move into live, linear 4K broadcasting via its DirecTV business has proven challenging, as the company was forced to cancel the first two of its planned 25 MLB game broadcasts due to technical challenges. Article

And finally … @TechTable: The average installer stays in one position for up to 2 hours.