FirstNet approves 2016 budget; Cox deploys FTTP in San Diego

More installation, small cell, FTTP and equipment news from around the Web:

> FirstNet has approved a $126 million budget for projects in 2016. Executive Gov article

> Cox is doing a fiber-to-the-premises rollout in parts of San Diego. Release

> Keysight Technologies completed its acquisition of Anite. This $600 million transaction was announced in June. Release

> C Spire has chosen a third neighborhood in Madison, Miss., for  its fiber-to-the-premises deployment.  Parts of Madison are expected to have the service active by the end of this year. Clarion-Ledger article

> According to a new report by ABI Research, broadband customer premise shipments are likely to reach 153.6 million this year. The firm expects fiber-related growth of 12 percent this year, balanced by minor declines in DSL and cable CPE shipments. Release

>  iGR has published a new study that indicates a high level of interest among enterprises for managed small cell services. Release

> The Society of Cable Television Engineers has approved a document that describes a test procedure for the laboratory and production measurement of composite distortion products. Broadband Technology Report article

> The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has announced its inaugural Board of Governors. NWSA is a non-profit assessment and certification organization that is focused on tower climbers and other wireless installers and workers. Release

>  RCN Business, a CLEC, has announced that its fiber network now reaches the 589 5th Avenue building in New York. Release

And finally…  At the San Diego County Fair, one vendor is offering a deep-fried Slim-Fast bar. This 200 calorie bar is breaded in pancake batter, fried, dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate. Article

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