Lessons Learned: Efficient Deployment & Maintenance of FTTH/PON Networks | Light Reading

Demands for greater bandwidth and speed are driving a global increase in fiber to the home (FTTH). However, this demand for network infrastructure does not always come paired with a corresponding increase in fiber expertise. In the real world, fiber is installed in harsh environments and is vulnerable to a number of faults.

Charlene Roux, global product line manager for OTDR with VIAVI, walks webinar attendees through recommendations for successful, consistent deployment and maintenance of FTTH/PON networks without requiring special training or expertise.

When: Wed, February 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. ET
Where: Online

Source: Lessons Learned: Efficient Deployment & Maintenance of FTTH/PON Networks | Light Reading

Genius Machines Livestream


In just the last five years, artificial intelligence has evolved from a staple of science fiction to a real-world magnet for large-scale investment, wonder, and hype. Increases in computing power and the emergence of large data sets to train ever more powerful machine learning algorithms have created real world applications and success stories. And both trends are expected to accelerate into the 2020s.

This summit will showcase the researchers, business, government leaders and soldiers that are designing, funding, and shaping the future of artificial intelligence.

When: Mar 07 2018, 7:30AM-1200:PM
Where: Online

Source: Genius Machines Livestream

Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies


Leading cable and OTT executives will discuss the industry’s latest technological thrusts, the strategies behind them and the hurdles in front of them. In the process, conference speakers will stimulate a dialogue about how to keep cable in line with market trends and ahead of the competition.’

Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies lays out the technology roadmaps and business cases for the cable industry over the next few years.

When: March 20 – 22, 2018
Where: Denver, CO

Source: Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies

Mueller’s interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts | CNNPolitics


Mueller’s investigators have been asking questions, including during interviews in January and February, about Kushner’s conversations during the transition to shore up financing for 666 Fifth Avenue, a Kushner Companies-backed New York City office building reeling from financial troubles, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation.

During the presidential transition, Kushner was a lead contact for foreign governments, speaking to “over fifty contacts with people from over fifteen countries,” according to a statement he gave to congressional investigators.

Source: Mueller’s interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts – CNNPolitics

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced | The New York Times


“This is pretty typical for them, to hop on breaking news like this,” said Jonathon Morgan, chief executive of New Knowledge, a company that tracks online disinformation campaigns. “The bots focus on anything that is divisive for Americans. Almost systematically.”

One of the most divisive issues in the nation is how to handle guns, pitting Second Amendment advocates against proponents of gun control.

And the messages from these automated accounts, or bots, were designed to widen the divide and make compromise even more difficult.

Source: After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced – The New York Times

Big Republican missteps needed for Democrats to win in November | TheHill


November is still eight months away, but Republican leaders are already conceding defeat in the midterm elections.

Expectations management is a long tradition of political leaders. Undersell the outcome, paint yourself as facing major headwinds, and then if you wind up on top, you’re a genius! If not, well, like you said, it was gonna be a tough ride.

But given the Senate’s electoral math, McConnell’s statement is actually quite shocking. Let’s break down the numbers.

Source: Big Republican missteps needed for Democrats to win in November | TheHill

Lawmaker interest in NAFTA intensifies amid Trump moves | TheHill


Christine Bliss, president of the Coalition of Services Industries, said she was pleased with what she heard during her visits to lawmakers’ offices recently.

“Members increasingly seem to understand that NAFTA has a positive impact on jobs and growth in their districts. It’s really resonating,” she said.

She said the voices of support are growing louder on the Hill, helping to drown out Trump’s regular calls to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement.

Source: Lawmaker interest in NAFTA intensifies amid Trump moves | TheHill

Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees | TheHill


The blue-slip rule — which Democrats describe as a long-running Senate tradition Grassley has taken to ignore — has become a flashpoint for members on the Judiciary Committee. The committee has been tasked with considering the slew of nominees from the Trump administration, many of which have been controversial.

Home-state senators have historically been able to block nominees by refusing to return a blue paper of approval to the committee. It’s a courtesy, rather than a formal Senate rule, and whether it’s followed is entirely up to whoever helms the Judiciary Committee — in this case, Grassley.

Source: Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees | TheHill

Trump: Why didn’t Obama ‘do something about Russian meddling?’ | TheHill


Obama issued sanctions against Russia for the meddling after U.S. intelligence officials said they had found evidence that the country had hacked U.S. groups and leaked emails in an effort to influence the 2016 vote.

He also expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. and ordered two Russian compounds to be closed.

Source: Trump: Why didn’t Obama ‘do something about Russian meddling?’ | TheHill

Refiner goes belly-up after big payouts to Carlyle Group


Although little oil flowed, plenty of money did.

Under a deal Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) signed in 2015, the refiner paid minimum quarterly payments of $30 million to terminal owner North Yard Logistics LP – even if little crude arrived. Much of that cash, in turn, flowed to the investors that own both PES and North Yard, led by the Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm with $178 billion in assets.

The deal in effect guaranteed lucrative payouts to Carlyle regardless of whether the refinery benefited from the arrangement.

When oil market conditions made the rail shipments unprofitable later that year, the refinery took heavy losses while its investors continued to collect large distributions for two more years.

Source: Refiner goes belly-up after big payouts to Carlyle Group