Verizon's wireless network gets top Root Metrics ranking in Des Moines, Iowa; Ohio Union County to develop $60M application for fiber network

Installer news from across the web:

> Newegg posted a deal offering the Cisco Linksys AC1900 Dual-Band 802.11ac Wireless Gigabit Ethernet Router, model no. EA6900, for $99.99. dealnews article

> The National Science Foundation has awarded University of Arkansas physicists significant grant funding to study the ultra-thin material black phosphorous for its potential use in fiber-optic communications. nano werk article

> Verizon's Wireless network was ranked #1 for overall performance in Des Moines, Iowa, by RootMetrics. Release

> Ohio Union County officials said they continue to develop an application for $60 million to develop a fiber network along the U.S. Route 33 corridor. Bellefontaine Examiner article

Cable News
> A government panel has asked Verizon to change a series of potentially misleading ads, following a complaint by Comcast. Article

> A trade group backed by Google, Netflix and Amazon has derided the pay-TV industry's counter-proposal to an FCC plan to open cable, satellite and telco TV set-tops to third-party manufacturers, labeling it a ploy to delay negotiations with the agency. Article

Telecom News
> Verizon's wireline workers – represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – voted to approve four-year contracts, officially ending a 45-day strike by about 40,000 workers. Article

> Google Fiber may be successfully forcing the hands of incumbent telcos and cable operators to upgrade their infrastructure to deliver higher speed broadband, but its move to revoke its customers' right to sue the company in a court of law marked a disturbing trend, a Consumerist article noted. Article

Wireless News
> Facebook is working with T-Mobile to make its video technically compliant with the carrier's Binge On offering, Recode reported late Thursday. Article

> Microsoft announced this week that it has acquired Wand Labs, a startup that develops messaging apps as well as technology to enable those apps to act more intelligently. The companies didn't disclose terms of the deal. Article

And finally … Hybrid #cloud and software defined data centers: How companies can have it both ways. CloudTech article