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MetTel enhances its presence in Canada, brings service to four regions

MetTel, an emerging competitive provider, is taking on the Canadian market, announcing that it has expanded its coverage into four regions.

Upcoming Webinar: Whither Aereo? (or should that be "Wither Aereo?")

As we all know, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the Aereo case two months ago – but that wasn’t the end of the matter by any means. The Court’s decision left a number of questions unanswered. And, as has been the case sinceShow More Summary

Energy-efficient set-top boxes cut consumer energy costs by $168M, says NCTA report

While the debate over how much energy set-top boxes consume will continue, a new National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA) report revealed that energy-efficient set-top boxes helped consumers save $168 million in energy costs last year.

Connecticut regulators deny Frontier's AT&T wireline acquisition

Frontier Communications has hit what may be one of the largest snags in completing its proposed acquisition of AT&T's Connecticut wireline business as the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) denied a settlement the telco reached with state officials.

Climate Change Boosts Some Arctic Industries

Shipping, fishing and tourism in the Arctic are getting a boost from climate change — but at a price, says Reuters, adding the economic benefits aren’t a “cold rush.” Temperatures in the Arctic are rising twice as fast at the world average. This thaw has brought new industries to the icy region: a first cruise ship […]

New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming, and Wasting, Growing Amounts of Energy

All of our online activity is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive growth is gulping huge amounts of energy, and despite some efficiency improvements much of it is still wasted. read more

Deutsche Telekom turns up vectored VDSL in 20 local networks

Germany's Deutsche Telekom has activated vectored VDSL for 20 initial local towns in its territory, a move that will allow it to raise VDSL speeds to 100/40 Mbps, reports Teltarif.de.

CLIMATE CHANGE – IT GETS WORSE

Severe, Pervasive, Irreversible: IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions Jon Queally, August 27, 2014 (Common Dreams via Center for Media and Democracy) “Climate change is here. Climate change is now. Climate change will be significantly...Show More Summary

WHERE AND HOW WIND IS GROWING IN THE WORLD

Europe Dominates World Wind Power Share, But Trails in Capacity Matt Petronzio, August 24, 2014 (Mashble) “…Most of the leading countries with the highest percentages of wind energy in 2013 were located in Europe…Denmark tops the list,...Show More Summary

CHINA TO LEAD SOLAR MARKET GROWTH DESPITE OBSTACLES

Led by China, Solar Market to Grow 75% to 65.6 GWp in 2019; The market will average 8% annual growth despite new challenges such as trade disputes with China and changes in global policy… August 26, 2014 (Lux Research) "Led by China,...Show More Summary

THE ENORMOUS POTENTIAL OF WORLD GEOTHERMAL

Geothermal power approaches 12,000 megawatts worldwide J. Matthew Roney, August 27, 2014 (Earth Policy Institute via Blouin News) “In 2013, world geothermal electricity-generating capacity grew 3% to top 11,700 megawatts across 24 countries…[It]...Show More Summary

Zayo unveils new cloud connectivity platform, extends network to AWS, Softlayer

With the debut of its Connect to the Cloud platform, Zayo is joining the growing crowd of service providers offering their network as a conduit for business customers to access third-party cloud providers. Zayo's program offers connectivity to over 500 data centers worldwide.

Energy Quote of the Day: On US Coal Exports to Asia Reducing Global Carbon Emissions

With US natural gas production growth and subsequent natural gas price declines coal has been backed out of the power generation fuel mix to some extent. As a result, US coal producers are exporting greater volumes to European and Asian buyers. read more

Is Storage Necessary for Renewable Energy?

Physicist and energy expert Amory Lovins, chief scientist at The Rocky Mountain Institute, recently released a video in which he claims that renewable energy can meet all of our energy needs without the need for a fossil fuel or nuclear baseload generation. There’s nothing unusual about that – many people have made that claim – Continue reading ?

Hyatt Sets 2020 Environmental Goals

Hyatt Hotels has committed to reducing water use per guest night by 25 percent by 2020 — one of the hotel chain’s new environmental goals announced yesterday. The Hyatt 2020 Vision sets targets across three focus areas: use resources thoughtfully, build smart, and innovate and inspire. Use Resources Thoughtfully: Hyatt says it will identify ways […]

Food Companies to Report Chemicals to FDA

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, whose 300-plus members include the Coca-Cola Company, General Mills and Kraft Foods, has launched an initiative that will, among other things, give the FDA access to a database of food companies’ safety information for chemicals and other ingredients used in processed foods. The GMA says it’s an effort to improve the […]

Materials Innovation: Designing Better Surfaces for Energy

Solid core material is almost a given for technology. But just because the guts are right doesn’t guarantee success. The surface layer, in fact, can hold the key in some applications. Yet its importance is still easy to overlook. This area is where Bilge Yildiz keeps her focus. read more

Friday Roundup: tw telecom, CenturyLink, SEA-US, Masergy

Long weekend ahead, and I’ll be on the road (probably in traffic). But first, a quick roundup of news to catch up on: … [visit site to read more]

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