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WiredScore Boasts 140M Square Feet of Certifications in 2014

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

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

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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Upgrading NYC: Yankee Stadium

“Upgrading NYC” is a series sponsored by AT&T in which we interview owners of and tenants in Manhattan commercial buildings that have recently upgraded their wireless connectivity. This week we look at Yankee Stadium.

When the New York Yankees moved into its new stadium in 2009, the $2.3 billion venue featured more retail space and wider concourses than the team’s previous home. It also had substantial new telecommunications features, with 227 miles of ethernet cable and more than 1,000 video monitors.

AT&T manages the stadium’s network infrastructure, which includes ticketing, security cameras and wireless connections. The building offers WiFi, but only for its employees, the media and luxury suites. Read More

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RIM And AT&T Announce New Touchscreen Blackberry

AT&T Revives Blackberry

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

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: Rockefeller Center

“Upgrading NYC” is a series sponsored by AT&T in which we interview owners of and tenants in Manhattan commercial buildings that have recently upgraded their wireless connectivity. This week we look at Rockefeller Center.”

In 1996, a partnership including Tishman Speyer paid $1.2 billion to purchase Rockefeller Center from Mitsubishi. The new landlord renovated the Read More

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7 Bryant Park Receives WiredNYC Certification

WiredNYC, the New York City-based organization that focuses on helping buildings improve infrastructure across the city, issued its coveted Wired Certification to 7 Bryant Park. The 470,000 square-foot building owned by Hines earned a platinum certification from the group, the highest certification a property can receive.

The purpose of the program, developed by the New York City 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 today’s tenants. Read More

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Upgrading NYC: JFK Airport

The third installment of “Upgrading NYC” covers wireless infrastructure improvements at JFK International Airport.

John F. Kennedy International Airport is a symbol of the Jet Age, but it has been criticized in the past for not adequately joining the Internet Age.

In September, the Global Gateway Alliance, founded by developer Joseph Sitt of Thor Equities, began pressuring the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates the airport, to extend free wireless service for all passengers. Currently, travelers have to pay $4.95 per hour or $7.95 per day under a network operated by Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, which signed a 15-year contract in 1999 to run the system. Read More

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Upgrading NYC: Empire State Building

“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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Upgrading NYC: 32 Avenue of the Americas

“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. First up is Rudin Management’s 32 Avenue of the Americas, which has just entered into a 20-year lease with data center provider Telx.

In 1999, Rudin Management purchased 32 Avenue of the Americas, formerly a critical telephone hub for AT&T that in 1956 had linked European and North American phone lines for the first time through wire. With the intention of continuing its legacy as a telecommunications center, Rudin hired the architecture firm FXFOWLE to redesign the 1.1-million-square-foot property’s interior to host new wireless technology.

The landlord spent about $100 million and 18 months on interior construction, said John Gilbert, the chief operating officer of Rudin Management. It also gained Landmarks Preservation Commission approval to install two radio towers atop the landmarked building, which was designed by architect Paul Walker. Read More

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Sprint Offers $50K to NYC Tech Nonprofits

Sprint is lending a helping hand to nonprofit organizations in the New York City metropolitan area. The company announced that it would distribute $50,000 through three different grants from the Sprint Foundation that were created by its Sprint Local Giving program to recognize and encourage outstanding leadership and philanthropy by technology-driven nonprofit organizations that cater Read More