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Metro Bytes: Lumos, AiNET, Frontier, Consolidated

Ok, it's been a busy month for me so far and I was on the road the first half of this week so there's lots to catch up on.  Here are a few items from the metro and regional networking side of things:... [visit site to read more]

Who Gets Hit the Worst When Food Stamps Get Cut?

As of mid-2017, the Republican-led Congress and President Donald Trump have a federal budget to work out over the next year. Part of the budget Trump submitted includes $191 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps or SNAP, over the next 10 years. Show More Summary

Crown Castle to Acquire Lightower

I was on the road yesterday travelling up I-95 from Florida to NJ, so of course that's when the long-awaited Crown Castle deal came down at last.  And so it has happened, Lightower Fiber Networks has agreed to be acquired by Crown Castle International for $7.1B in cash.... [visit site to read more]

Recent LOOP Sour rally evidence of persistent, global sour shortage: In the LOOP

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port received no imports of Saudi Arabian or Iraqi crudes by the halfway point of July, evidence of the global sour crude shortage and competition for those barrels that has led to rising prices for regional...Show More Summary

Creating a Healthier Workplace

A healthier workplace benefits both your company and your employees. When your culture promotes wellness and healthy practices, it can reduce stress, improve morale and cut down on sick leave, resulting in a happier and more productive team. Show More Summary

FCC Tweaks Mic Rules, Microsoft Launches Spectrum Fight

In late 2015, major wireless microphone manufacturers requested that the FCC “reconsider” various mostly-technical rules that it had adopted as part of a wide-ranging strategy to reallocate spectrum for wireless microphones. (We’ve written...Show More Summary

Why the Middle Class Can't Find Jobs

As of June 2017, economic reports indicate that more job vacancies exist than were available in the year 2000, but millions of Americans in the middle class are without work. If there are so many jobs available, why are there still so many unemployed citizens out there? Here are 7 reasons that those in the middle class can't find jobs. Show More Summary

Should You Really Skip Your Exit Interview?

Companies employ an exit interview to receive feedback from employees who are leaving. This way, the employer can improve upon the position for the next time when a successor comes on board. Attending the interview might not seem like the best course of action for you. Show More Summary

Retailers Bank on Environmentally-Friendly Clothing for Increased Sales

Many shoppers will shell out a little more money if they know a product, especially clothing, is environmentally friendly, market researchers report. Major retailers like J.C. Penney, H&M, and Target are increasingly tapping into that consciousness with fashion lines made from recycled fabrics. Show More Summary

Tesco Starts Phasing Out Hazardous Chemicals from F&F Clothing Line

The British retailer Tesco announced a commitment to immediately start removing hazardous chemicals from the supply chain of its F&F clothing and footwear label. Tesco recently signed onto the Greenpeace Detox Campaign, agreeing to eliminate chemicals such as phthalates, heavy metals, and chlorinated solvents by 2020. Show More Summary

Politicians need to get digitally literate – and fast

This is the headline to an article in today’s “Guardian” newspaper by the tech entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox. She summarises her argument as follows: ”.. the disparity between the pace at which innovation is changing citizens’ lives and the ability of policy makers to keep up is one of the most pressing issues of […]

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