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WiredScore Boasts 140M Square Feet of Certifications in 2014

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WiredScore, the New York City-based agency that spreads infrastructure improvement awareness to commercial building owners, had a busy year in 2014 with 140 million square feet of wired certifications. This included more than 260 commercial buildings that improved infrastructure and offered tenants state-of-the-art technology options by meeting high-capacity wiring standards.

WiredScore offers ratings from minimum to platinum-level certification. The certifications are based on building connectivity, infrastructure and how ready the building is for connectivity improvements. Read More

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Verizon Boasts FIOS Growth in 4Q

New York-based Verizon Communications Inc. reported strong earnings and growth of its FiOS high-speed Internet during the fourth quarter of 2014. Verizon had consumer revenues of $4.0 billion, up 4.1 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

Meanwhile, the company continues to grow its customer base and earnings. During the fourth quarter, total FiOS revenue was $3.3 billion, up 11.6 percent. FiOS earnings for all of 2014 totaled $12.7 billion, a 13.6 percent jump from 2013. The company reported 145,000 net new FiOS Internet connections during the fourth quarter. Sales of strategic services, which include Private IP, Ethernet, data center, cloud and security managed services totaled $2.1 billion, up 1.5 percent from the fourth quarter in 2013. Read More

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WTC Gets State-of-the-Art Wireless System

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Connectivity Wireless Solutions and Cross Management Corporation are teaming up to create a state-of-the-art wireless antenna at 1 World Trade Center. As a part of the collaboration, the companies will oversee the design and engineering of the project, among other details. The companies were selected by commercial real estate giant and 1 World Trade Center operator, the Durst Organization.

“We are extremely pleased to support the 1 WTC distributed antenna system project. The rebuilding of the World Trade Center and the delivery of highly advanced communication systems serve as a reminder of our unparalleled resolve to overcome adversity as individuals and a nation,” Blake Maffei, co-founder at Connectivity Wireless, said in a statement. Read More

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Firstlight Fiber Joins Connection Hub at 325 Hudson

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Albany-based FirstLight Fiber is joining the ranks of fiber providers that establish a connection point at 325 Hudson Street. The famed 325 Hudson building has become a hot spot for telecommunications companies looking to offer or expand services to businesses in the New York City area. The 240,000-square-foot, 10-story location is wired with the latest technology needed to run an advanced server. Read More

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Zayo Acquires Latisys in $675M Deal

Fiber provider Zayo Group will acquire Latisys Holdings, an Internet infrastructure service provider, in a deal worth $675 million. Zayo will gain control of Latisys’ services, which it provides through eight data centers across four U.S. cities, including Dallas and Chicago, as well as a London-based operation in the United Kingdom.

The deal will boost Zayo’s services to 45 data centers across the United States, France and the United Kingdom. Read More

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AT&T Revives Blackberry

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While most of its competitors have abandoned it, AT&T is bringing the Blackberry back. The company announced that it will carry the Blackberry Classic on the company’s website and in retail stores. The company will offer the phone for $0 down to consumers who wish to delay the expense of getting the smartphone. Monthly payments for the Blackberry Classic range from $14 to $49.99 per month, varying by contract and plan type. Read More

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Midtown’s Hippodrome Receives Wired Certification

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One of Midtown’s trendiest buildings, the Hippodrome at 1120 Avenue of the Americas, has earned a platinum-level Wired Certification. The certification means that the building can handle high-capacity technology and fiber availability for its tenants. It’s the highest level certification awarded by the group.

WiredNYC, the New York City-based organization that focuses on helping buildings improve infrastructure across the city, issued its coveted Wired Certification to the building located between West 43rd and West 44th Streets. The purpose of the program, developed by the city’s Economic Development Corporation, is to provide information about technology in commercial buildings across the city while helping property owners upgrade wiring and infrastructure for technology that caters to its tenants. Read More

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Upgrading NYC: Empire State Building

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“Upgrading NYC” is a new series sponsored by AT&T in which we interview owners of and tenants in Manhattan commercial buildings that have recently upgraded their wireless connectivity. Next up is the Empire State Building, which has partnered with Illinois-based network infrastructure company Extenet.

The Empire State Building is an iconic presence in the Manhattan skyline. Unfortunately for tenants, the tower’s soaring height also means that wireless cellphone reception is disrupted past the 25th floor. That is about to change. Lisle, Ill.-based Extenet is building a new wireless network using a distributed antennae system, or DAS, which is set to open around the late third quarter. Once installed, tenants’ phones will connect to antennas on each floor that will connect to various operators.

Extenet is in the process of installing throughout the building 41 active remotes and 740 antennas connected by 48,000 square feet of coaxial cable, said Steven Kingwell, the vice president of network engineering and implementation at Extenet. That equipment will connect to a head-end facility, which acts as a central switching office, in the building’s concourse level. Modernizing an 83-year-old art deco property gave the project a new layer of complexity. Read More

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Qualcomm Introduces Fourth-Generation Modem

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Electronics giant Qualcomm Technologies Inc. is rolling out a new high-tech modem that will help users connect faster and easier to their online service.

The new fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem includes a special modem chipset and RF technology that will allow 4G LTE advanced mobile broadband technology. The technology will give the modem the ability to have higher performance with power consumption and printed circuit board area requirements.

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Empire State Realty Trust Beefs up Holiday Display

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The holiday season will be full of color and holiday décor at Manhattan’s tallest buildings thanks to Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

The Empire State Building, which stands 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, will boast state-of-the-art holiday decorations in its lobby, a full LED light display and holiday concerts for the 2013 holiday season. The Empire State Building will continue the annual lighting of its tower to commemorate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In addition to the holiday lights, the building will have pianists in the lobby and choir performances on the 80th floor. A full list of holiday events and concerts is available on the company’s website.

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Vonage Extends Service in Canada

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As more consumers ditch land lines for an all-cellular life, VoIP and Internet service provider Vonage is extending use of its services for cell phones.

Vonage is creating a new service that will allow customers to use its home service with cellular phone service. The new service, called Vonage Extensions, will be available for Canadian customers at no additional cost. The calls can be made over cell phones with 3G and 4G networks.

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Sprint Cell Service Gets Low Rating From Consumers

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As Sprint expands its customer base with new products and services, some of its customers may be unhappy.

According to a recent survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, Sprint received the lowest rating among wireless carriers. The annual cell phone service ratings research surveyed about 58,399 wireless customers across cell phone companies. Sprint was rated on value, voice, text and 4G reliability. Competitor Verizon Wireless fared well in the survey as the top major carrier with consumer satisfaction.

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RadioShack Set to Open Manhattan Concept Store

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Texas-based electronics retailer RadioShack is expanding its branch of high-tech concept stores in Manhattan.

The company unveiled its new Greenwich Village store a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday. The store located at 340 First Avenue is the fourth concept store for RadioShack in New York City. The retailer, known as a hub for electronics, broadband software, gadgets and cellular phones, will feature interactive displays to help customers find products and test them out and a speaker wall for audio-related electronics.

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NYU-Poly Completes Second Half of Cyber Hacking Competition

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The  Polytechnic Institute of New York University completed the second phase of its cyberhacking competition that began in September. The school chose winners of its 10-year-old competition and closed competing until its next round in 2014.

“We are gratified to see the growth in the high school competition—from only 400 students two years ago to 1,500 today, because that signals that our efforts are working to fill the college-bound pipeline with talented cybersecurity students,” said professor Nasir Memon, CSAW founder and head of NYU-Poly’s Computer Science and Engineering Department.

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Vonage Grabs New Patents for Communications Biz

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VoIP communications provider Vonage Holdings Corp., has new patents for products aimed to boost its customer base and give the company an edge over its competitors.

The company has received three new patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for new products and services that it will unveil in the future. Among the patents are a method and apparatus system for use with caller I.D., another patent for a system that will allow customers to make calls without using a keypad, and a patent for a system to manage customer accounts, including notifications about accounts in good and bad standing.

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