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Mintek brings you the latest in EAM/CMMS systems and news in the major cable industries each week from around the globe. Learn how these new developments in EAM/CMMS and cable can affect your business or home.

EAM/CMMS news in the U.S.

This week’s news focuses on how preventive maintenance can help prepare for and against disaster situations in nature and at work.

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  1. Crews Put Out Fire At Michigan Power Plant; No Injuries by The Associated Press, Fire crews on Friday extinguished a blaze at a power plant along the St. Clair River in Michigan that broke out a day earlier and sent smoke into the air that was visible for miles, officials said.
  2. Bridgestone/Firestone’s Massive Tire Recall by Bethe Croy, Recalling a moment in history when Bridgestone/Firestone tires has a massive recall of 6.5 million tires linking to hundreds of accidents and 46 deaths.
  3. Automated Cargo Handling To Replace 50 Dockworkers At New Zealand Port by Andy Szal, The introduction of automated equipment at New Zealand’s largest port will result in the loss of some 50 dockworker jobs.

Cable News around the Globe

This week’s cable updates focus on new acquisitions, Olympics highlights, and new wireless alternatives.

  1. TPG Splashes $2.25B on RCN & Grande by Ray Le Maistre, Private equity firm TPG has agreed to acquire RCN Telecom Services and Grande Communications Networks from ABRY Partners in two separate deals valued at $1.6 billion and $650 million respectively and plans to combine the operations to create a top 10 US cable operator once the deal is completed early next year.
  2. Comcast Shows Off Rio in HDR… in Philly by Mari Silbey, The newest Comcast set-tops supporting High Dynamic Range and Ultra HD video, sadly, haven’t made it to market yet. But that’s not stopping Comcast from showcasing its Olympics coverage in both HDR and 4K.
  3. Microsoft Buys Beam for Live Streams by Mari Silbey, Everyone is counting on video to fuel the next round of online revenue generation, but different companies are going about it in different ways.
  4. Is Wheeler’s FCC Legacy Now in Doubt? by Carol Wilson, Today’s news that the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has reversed an FCC order that sought to protect municipal fiber deployments from state interference is just the latest indication that Tom Wheeler may not be leaving the mark on telecom policy that was expected, even a few months ago.
  5. Google Fiber May Go Wireless in the Valley by Iain Morris, Google Fiber is said to have shelved plans to roll out fiber networks in San Jose and other Silicon Valley cities while it considers the use of cheaper wireless alternatives.
  6. Altice Boasts US Cable Progress by Alan Breznick,Despite the usual seasonal headwinds of the spring quarter, Altice posted surprisingly upbeat operating numbers for its two new US cable properties in Q2, prompting company executives to promise stronger than expected results over the next few quarters.

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