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Oracle Utilities, Navigant Research Unveil Dual Innovation Blueprint Study for Utilities

Oracle Utilities today unveiled a new research paper, titled ‘Utility Innovation Blueprint: How to Manage the Challenge of Dual Transformation,’ which explores how utilities can approach innovation across their people, processes and technology. Commissioned from Navigant Research, the paper comb..

Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and Water Research Foundation Announce Integration into One Organization

The Boards of Directors for the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and Water Research Foundation (WRF) have voted unanimously to integrate the two organizations into one research foundation. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the new organization will be led by a single Board of Directors comp..

Bentley Systems Completes Rollout of Comprehensive Modeling Environment for Infrastructure

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, has completed its CONNECT Edition application portfolio for design, analytical, construction, and asset performance modeling of infrastructure. The CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modeling environment supports aligned digital workflows across applications for all proje..

Utility to Use Southern Linc LTE Network for Electric Distribution Data Services

Southern Linc, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has entered into an agreement with Dalton Utilities to transmit distribution data via the new “CriticalLinc” mission critical LTE network. The multi-year deal will enable eleven substations in the Dalton, Georgia area to use Southern Linc’s missio..

WaterStart Begins Accepting Grant Proposals

Nevada-based incubator, WaterStart, has started accepting proposals from companies around the world with timely, collaborative and unique applications on how their technologies can help its members advance development and management in various areas related to water. With support from both its memb..

Nokia and WOW! Deploy Industry's First Virtualized Distributed Access Architecture

Nokia and WOW! today announced the cable industry’s first commercial virtualized Distributed Access Architecture (vDAA) deployment designed to significantly increase the capacity of WOW!’s existing Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial network and help meet exploding bandwidth demands of subscribers. Traditional Hy..

In Allo’s Rapid Digging, Lincoln Encounters Growing Pains

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Allo’s massive digging operation has unearthed a series of public safety and business challenges in Lincoln as its crews hustle to provide high-speed internet citywide. Predictably, contractors installing Allo’s fiber-optic cable have been the main contributors to a surge in th..

Microsoft to Help Expand Rural Broadband in 6 States

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Microsoft announced Thursday it is teaming up with communities in six states to to invest in technology and related jobs in rural and smaller metropolitan areas. Company president Brad Smith launched the TechSpark program Thursday in Fargo, a metropolitan area of more than 200,00..

Report: North America's Pumps and Valves Services Market to Increase Through 2021

Technavio has released a new report, Pumps and Valves Services Market in North America 2017-2021, which shows the pumps and valves services market in North America is expected to grow at a CAGR of almost 5% during the forecast period. Key findings include: The growth of the end-user industries a..

Peak 10 + ViaWest Data Center Chosen as US Point of Presence for Subsea Cable to New Zealand and Australia

Peak 10 + ViaWest today announced that its Brookwood data center in Hillsboro, Ore. was selected by Hawaiki Submarine Cable as its US point of presence. The cable will stretch more than 14,000 km across the Pacific Ocean and will be the first carrier-neutral, low-latency, fiber optic connection betw..

Utilities Oppose Expanded Use of 6-GHz Spectrum Band

Expanded use of mid-band spectrum by new wireless broadband services could interfere with critical utility networks used for the reliable operation of the nation’s electricity grid, the Utilities Technology Council told the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday. The FCC is inquiring whether it ..

Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, Brown and Caldwell Partner to Further Potable Reuse Research

Brown and Caldwell today announced it made a $100,000 contribution in September to support the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation’s (WE&RF) Advancing Potable Reuse Initiative’s goal of establishing potable reuse as a solution to the nation’s water supply challenges and as a reliable and sustaina..

In Appalachia, a Public Broadband Project Hits Snags

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s plan to build one of the country’s largest publicly owned broadband networks was touted as a cornerstone of the effort to save the Appalachian economy by bringing high-speed internet to some of the poorest counties in America. It was supposed to take a year to finis..

Drone Companies Team up to Service North Dakota Oil Patch

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Norway-based manufacturer and a Scandinavian technology company have been teaming up with a North Dakota drone operation to service the region’s utility and oil and gas customers. Robot Aviation, a manufacturing company based in Poland, and eSmart, a software company founded in..

Nebraska City Uses Sonar Tool to Assess Sewer Lines

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A city in eastern Nebraska is using a musical instrument of sorts as a sewer line rapid assessment tool to help figure out how much money the city will need to repair and maintain its sewers. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the SL-Rat transmitter is the first tool used to ..

Gulf Publishing Company Launches LNG Intelligence Service for Energy Industry

Gulf Publishing Company, a leading media company and provider of market data for the international energy industry, launches today the Energy Web Atlas to provide the downstream energy sector with easy access to information about the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry. A real-time project informa..

Sterlite Tech Launches Dense Network 1152F Cables for Mobile Backhaul

At the India Mobile Congress, Sterlite Technologies today announced the company’s FlashFWD 5G Solution can now be used with 1152F variant cables. FlashFWD 1152F is NABL certified and complies with the latest global standards of IEC.60794 series, ANSI/ICEA S-87-640, Telcordia GR-20, and ITU-T Recomme..

Peak 10 + ViaWest Launches 100 Gigabit Network Connectivity Across America

Peak 10 + ViaWest has launched a new core network backbone featuring 100 Gigabit (Gb) connectivity across nine of its data center and cloud node locations in the United States. This 100Gb backbone increases the company’s network capacity by five times and provides customers with network..

SummitIG to Extend Dark Fiber Network in Northern Virginia

SummitIG today announced it will expand its dark fiber infrastructure throughout Northern Virginia by 50 miles in 2017. The company also expects to increase its 61 on-net buildings to 70. SummitIG’s existing 500-mile fiber optic network includes unique and densely populated infrastructure stretchin..

Mississippi Firm to Expand Internet Offerings Across State

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — C Spire says it will expand internet service in Mississippi. The telecommunications company says it will begin offering wireless internet in 46 communities by year’s end. Speeds will be up to 25 megabits per second, using signals from nearby cell towers. Ridgeland-base..

FCC Head: Storms Teach Lessons on Emergency Communications

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Ajit Pai has been to Texas and Florida in recent weeks to learn what lessons hurricanes Harvey and Irma have to offer about how to improve the nation’s emergency communication systems during natural disasters. Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, sa..

Companies Set Subsea Industry Benchmark for Fiber Optic Cable Capacity Reach

Infinera and Seaborn Networks have completed a successful subsea field trial demonstrating the industry’s highest spectral efficiency on an ultra-long-haul subsea cable. The 8QAM trial demonstrated 4.5 bits per second per hertz on Seaborn’s Seabras-1 cable, with a distance of more than 10,500 kilome..

Report: Global CIPP Market to Reach Nearly $2.5 Million by 2022

According to a new report from Stratview Research, the global Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) market is projected to reach $2,486.5 million in 2022. Reasons for the expected growth include: Aging potable and sewage water infrastructure Increased spending by municipalities and utilities on rehabilita..

Report: Fiberglass Pipe Market to Exceed $6 Billion by 2025

The global fiberglass pipes market is expected to grow to $6.19 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Reasons for the projected growth include: Robust growth in Asia Pacific’s shipping industry Increasing demand from the oil & gas, chemicals and irrigation indu..

Pipe Restoration Technologies Awarded Lead Pipes Patent

Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC, makers of the ePIPE®, Lead-Free, Leak-Free™ and LeadSmart® product lines, today announced that it has been granted U.S. patent #9764354. This patent is related to the ePIPE system of in-place pipe restoration which reduces lead leaching from underground water serv..

Telemedicine Connects Rural Nevadans to Specialty Care

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Visiting the doctor just got faster, easier and more useful in parts of rural Nevada. That’s because of the Nevada Broadband Telemedicine Initiative, announced Sept. 18 at Desert View Regional Medical Center in Nye County. The $19.6 million federally funded initiative aims to ..

Utility Achieves Methane Capture Milestone

SmSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company has passed the one million cubic foot mark in its ongoing methane capture initiative. This innovative process allows for gas that would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere during pipeline replacement work to be saved and reinject..

Furukawa Electric to Expand Fiber Optic Cable Production Capacity

Furukawa Electric Company today announced plans to nearly double its 2016 fiber optic manufacturing capacity by 2019 and to also increase its fiber optic cable manufacturing capacity. Between 2014 and 2016, the company increased its global fiber production capacity by 20% and initially planned ..

Florida Senator Asks Telecom Companies to Provide Irma Rebates

(AP) — Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has asked the nation’s largest cable, telephone and internet providers for rebates to Hurricane Irma victims for service interruptions. The Democratic U.S. senator also asked them Thursday for a 60-day moratorium on late fees and other penalties. Nelson wrote to the..

Water Technology Program Now Accepting Applications

Pipeline H2O announced it is now accepting applications for the 2018 class. Supported by a coalition of regional cities, utilities, universities, and startup organizations, Pipeline H2O is looking for companies working on water technologies that solve various aspects of the world’s water issues such..