Microsoft powers Chicago data center with wind power; Panduit cited as a major player in IDC's data center analysis report

Installation news from across the web: 

> How Ethernet over Copper is directly challenging T1 lines as a bandwidth solution. Ethernet over Copper post

> Microsoft is now powering its Chicago data center with wind-powered energy. Cabling Installation & Maintenance article

> CommScope's Optical PIM Tester is making it possible to find passive intermodulation (PIM), interference that can cripple the performance and throughput of modern networks. Release

> GPS Source has released of a line of GPS/GNSS splitters created for the small-cell wireless and distributed antenna system markets. GPS World article

> Panduit was named a Major Player in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Datacenter Infrastructure Management 2015 Vendor Analysis. Release

> Siemon has introduced a 24-port MAX Zone Unit Enclosure that's designed to support cost-effective zone cabling in a variety of enterprise workspaces. Cabling Installation & Maintenance article

> AFL has been awarded five patents for new technologies used in the enhancement of AFL's Optical Connectivity and Apparatus (OCA), fiber optic cable and fusion splicing products. Release

Cable News
> Comcast said its new Xfinity Stream TV product is an "IP-cable" service running over a managed network that should not, per FCC guidelines, factor into data usage limits the MSO is testing in certain parts of the country. Article

> Princeton, N.J.-based operator RCN has given responsibility for its local advertising sales to Comcast Spotlight. Article

Online Video News
> As reports swirl that Hulu is in talks to sell a stake in its business to Time Warner, a few industry watchers see the deal as not likely to happen, particularly under Hulu's current licensing model of next-day availability of broadcast content. Article

Wireless News
> Hot on the heels of Sprint's promotional offer cut the rate plans in half of customers who switch to Sprint from Verizon, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US, Verizon and T-Mobile's MetroPCS prepaid brand are rolling out their own promotions ahead of Black Friday. Article

> Financial and industry analysts are divided over how large of an impact Sprint's new promotion to cut the rate plans of its competitors in half if customers switch will have on Sprint's financials and subscriber performance. Article

Wireline News
> Verizon has responded to a recent filing made by competitive provider Granite Communications opposing USTelecom's petition for forbearance on providing voice-grade channels on fiber loops, saying it could delay future migrations from copper to fiber. Article

> Frontier has overcome another hurdle in its pole attachment battle in North Carolina as the telco and Duke Energy have asked the FCC to dismiss a pole attachment complaint that the telco filed in January 2014. Article

And finally … Multi-tenant high-rises represent the next major frontier for wireless distributed antenna systems (DAS). article