Worldwide data center construction to generate $54B in revenue by 2021; CenturyLink's data center sale stalls

Installer news from across the Web: 

> The worldwide #datacenter construction market is on track to generate total revenue of about $54 billion by 2021. Cabling Installation & Maintenance article

> ABI Research forecasts that the evolution to LTE-based public safety from the current narrowband systems will grow at double-digit rates over the next five years with public safety platforms doubling their DAS spend by 2021. Release

> Alabama is being proactive in helping its poor and rural schools provide students with increased access to Internet by passing a bill to increase wireless network coverage. educationworld article

> CenturyLink's effort to explore the sale of its data centers has stalled following discussions with a "number of interested parties." CFTN article

Cable News
> Comcast led all companies in the telecom industry in terms of spending on government influencing efforts, spending over $15.6 million, according to the org. Article

> Early on in the fourth-quarter earnings season, promising results from Comcast and Time Warner Cable made it look like the hype around cord cutting wasn't justified. Article

Telecom News
> Vertical Systems Group (VSG) welcomed Windstream as a new entrant for its U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard results for 2015, a year marked by impressive growth for the market. Article

> Google announced it will use existing fiber to roll out its Internet service to "some apartments, condos and affordable housing properties" in San Francisco, the 22nd metro area where Google Fiber is landing. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint said it will team with British consumer electronics retailer Dixons Carphone to open and operate as many as 500 Sprint-branded stores across the country, building on a pilot program the companies launched last year. Article

> A top Verizon executive said that the company's VoLTE interoperability testing with competitor AT&T Mobility is going well and that the company expects VoLTE interoperability with AT&T to be commercially available this year. Article

And finally ... Cisco looks at why most of the data in the IoT is going nowhere. Cisco post