Cox Pins Innovation Hope, Dollars on Ga.-Based Guru
Cox Enterprises Inc. is spending $250 million to work with entrepreneur and technology innovator Tripp Rackley in the hopes he can come up with new business and product innovations for the company moving forward. Combined, Rackley’s created business ventures nFront Inc. (now part of Intuit Inc.) and Firethorn Inc., now part of Qualcomm) reportedly gave created more than $1 billion in shareholder value and more than 500 jobs in Georgia alone.
 
Comcast Ethernet Drives Denver Skunkworks
Galvanize, which calls itself “an innovation ecosystem that provides capital, community and curriculum to some of Denver’s leading digital entrepreneurs and hottest technology startups,” is using Comcast Business Class Ethernet to provide bandwidth connectivity to its entrepreneur and startup company members. Comcast installed Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI) and Ethernet Private Line (EPL) connections, and the Galvanize building is connected to 300 Mbps of service to start, scalable to 2 Gbps.
 
Alcatel-Lucent Garners $1B India Managed-Services Pact
A $1 billion+ contract between India’s Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Alcatel-Lucent creates what the partners say is a first-of-its-kind, end-to-end, network-managed-services contract aimed at delivering voice and data to RCOM customers in eastern and southern India to 2020. Alcatel-Lucent also will drive a standardization of the tools, processes and best practices used across RCOM’s businesses.
 
 
Duo Unveils Air-Blown Fiber Cabling Solution
AFL and Dura-Line teamed to develop a high-performance, air-blown, fiber-optic cabling system dubbed eABF (Enterprise Air-Blown Fiber). The core of the eABF solution is the cable and duct. The cable features a patent-pending, low-friction, high-drag jacketing system that enables the cable to move along the duct at a faster rate of speed. The eABF cable is Telcordia GR-409-compliant and flame-rated for OFNR and OFNP environments; as a result, the cable can be deployed within the cable raceway and management system once exiting the pathway without additional furcation tubing. Fiber types include single-mode, OM2, OM3 and OM4.

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Locast is casting a wider net, with the free streaming app of OTA channels launching in Charlotte, NC. The launch comes in time for Sunday’s NFL

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