Leviton's Atlas-X1 copper connectors exceed PoE standards; Microsoft pushes the envelope in data center design

Installer news from across the web: 

> After rigorous testing, Leviton announced that its Atlas-X1 copper connectors exceed current and developing performance standards for higher wattage Power over Ethernet (PoE). Release

> Microsoft and others are pushing the envelope in data center design. IT Business Edge article

> Opticonx introduced the data center fiber cabling system Xtreme8, a base 8 plug-and-play system designed around 8-fiber MTP/MPO terminated trunks, cassette modules, harnesses, patch cables and patch panels. Cabling Installation & Maintenance article

> Google says it has enlisted artists liven up its data centers to make the buildings that store its data more colorful and less ominous. Fast Co Design article

Cable News

> It's feasible for cable operators to still be running DOCSIS 3.1-powered networks over copper cables as far out as 2040, according to Tom Cloonan, CTO of Arris's network and cloud business. Article

> Dismissing their FCC Commission colleagues' claim that the current "Unlock the Box" set-top debate represents a healthy exchange of ideas, Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly described the discussion as a sham with an outcome already pre-determined by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon and other telcos collectively added just 65,893 broadband subscribers in the first quarter as customers churned to cable operators that can offer higher speeds, particularly in areas where slower speed DSL is the only available broadband service. Article

> CenturyLink is concerned that the FCC's new two-day reporting period requirement for simplex events on its next-gen services like VoIP and other advanced services is too short. Article

Wireless News

> Apple CEO Tim Cook will visit India this week for the first time in an effort to unlock a massive and relatively untapped market. Article

> Apple's top Taiwanese suppliers are scrambling to recruit workers to prepare to help build the next iPhone, according to multiple reports. Article

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