Google purchases 842 MW of renewable energy for data centers; WLAN market grew 7% in Q3

Installer news from across the web:

> Henkels & McCoy was named by Broadband Communities Magazine as one of the Top 100 FTTH companies in 2015. Release

> Utilities see potential in drones to inspect lines and wireless towers. AP article

> Google took another step in reaching its goal to run its data centers by 2025 with clean energy, announcing that it recently purchased 842 megawatts of renewable energy on three continents. Engadget article

> Telefonica is considering halting investments in its Spanish fiber operations after the country's regulator recommended it should share the network in some areas. Reuters article

> Enterprise-class plus outdoor wireless LAN (WLAN) market grew 7 percent in the third quarter of 2015 versus the year-ago period, or almost double the rate of growth compared to 3Q14, says Dell'Oro Group. Release

> Libelium has introduced a new radio module designed to bring LoRa Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) wireless connectivity to Waspmote Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for applications that require low-energy, long-range data transmission on a large scale. Cabling Installation & Maintenance article

Cable News
> CableLabs says its research and development program is looking at key technologies that will be required for 5G, the next-generation wireless network standard that is still being defined. Article

> Comcast has finally secured a 15-year renewal agreement for its cable franchise in its home city of Philadelphia. Article

Wireline News
> CenturyLink wants to give its wireline users what they pay for when they purchase a broadband connection, but it has a number of concerns with how the FCC collects information about service providers' broadband performance via their Measuring Broadband America program. Article

> A new Leichtman Research Group report confirmed that U.S. consumers like broadband services. Article

Wireless News
> As the holiday shopping season enters peak frenzy, Sprint's presence in Walmart stores around the nation is growing thin. But it's unclear why the relationship is on the rocks – or perhaps ending altogether. Article

> Roughly three years after it first launched its LTE network, Sprint said that the vast majority of its customers now spend most of their time on LTE. Article

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