AT&T announces Apex, N.C.'s Pinnacle Business Corridor is fiber ready; Windstream pushes VDSL2, fiber upgrade for last mile

Installer news from across the Web:

> There are three main standards For #Cabling in Buildings: ANSI/TIA 568, ISO/IEC IS11801 and EN50173. CommScope post

> Electrical engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas' Center for Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronics Systems, or GRAPES, have received $300,000 -- part of a $1.1 million grant to Binghamton University -- from the National Science Foundation to help convert U.S. data centers from AC to DC power. Release

> AT&T and representatives from the Town of Apex, N.C. and Apex Economic Development (ADP) have announced that the Pinnacle Business Corridor has been designated AT&T Fiber Ready. Release

> Making the right profile decisions is critical to achieving the highest quality DSL service. ICT Solutions & Education article

> German startup called Cloud&Heat said it managed to realize ultra-low energy consumption that has "undercut Google's optimum value by 40 percent." Cabling Installation & Maintenance article

Cable News
> While Google Fiber has had a major strategic influence over numerous telecom companies, data released to the U.S. Copyright Office about the service's actual pay-TV deployment suggests that the impact may be outsized. Article

> After leaking details about its new programmatic advertising exchange in the Wall Street Journal, AT&T put together a corporate blog post, outlining its new "Video Inventory Platform." Article

Online Video News
> Enterprise online video platform provider JW Player is taking a bold step into the mobile app world. Article

Telecom News
> Windstream has high hopes that upgrading its last mile network with VDSL2 and fiber will help turn around its broadband subscribership, but in the near-term the telco continues to battle ongoing subscriber losses. Article

> CenturyLink's acquisition of Qwest may be long behind it, but the service provider has a ways to go in enhancing the copper last-mile networks in these acquired regions to reach everyone: only 20 percent of rural customers get 40 Mbps or more. Article

Wireless News
> Some T-Mobile users reported seeing a message saying "Facebook with Free Data" when they logged in to their accounts on the social network yesterday, according to TMoNews. Article

> AT&T paid $57 million for spectrum in Mexico's auction of airwaves this week, but the carrier was far outspent by the country's dominant wireless carrier, America Movil. Article

And finally … Optical Fiber will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. CommScope article