Vermont RFP for Broadband

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Vermont Issues RFP For Broadband Provider
The Department of Public Service of Vermont issued an RFP that will study the feasibility of the state’s electric companies providing broadband service using electric distribution and transmission infrastructure.

Patch your Centos Machines now

Thanks to Jan Dennis Bungart for posting this on his Facebook page. Centos has a Kernel vulnerability which can be exploited to take the machine offline. To read the gory details:

CVE-2019-11477: SACK Panic (Linux >= 2.6.29)
CVE-2019-11478: SACK Slowness (Linux < 4.15) or Excess Resource Usage (all Linux versions)
CVE-2019-11479: Excess Resource Consumption Due to Low MSS Values (all Linux versions)

If you want to take the time to download and run the detections script you can do so at the following link:–

I copied this script. Created a file on the server named “” did chmod 755 and chmod +x on it and then ran it. I did this on one system to see if I needed to do a reboot after the kernel patches were applied or not.  You do need to do a reboot.   After that, I just installed the updates on each machine and rebooted them.

Cambium Networks Files IPO

Cambium Networks, which provides cloud-based wireless broadband network infrastructure solutions, filed on Wednesday with the SEC to raise up to $75 million in an initial public offering. 

The Rolling Meadows, IL-based company was founded in 2011 and booked $251 million in sales for the 12 months ended March 31, 2019. It plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol CMBM. Cambium Networks filed confidentially on May 8, 2018. J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs are the joint bookrunners on the deal. No pricing terms were disclosed.

Mikrotik LoRaWAN products

Taken directly from Mikrotik newsletter 89.

R11e-LoRa8EU – a new LoRaWAN  concentrator Gateway card in miniPCIe form factor

based on Semtech SX1301 chipset. It enables LoRaWAN connectivity for any MikroTik product that has miniPCIe slot with connected USB lines.

With the support of 8 different channels in 868EU band, Listen Before Talk (LBT) and Spectral scan features this product will astound you with its enticing price point – under $100. Max output TX power – 16 dBm, max sensitivity level on SF12 rate – 134 dBm

wAP LoRa8 kit – an out-of-the-box solution to use LoRaWAN gateway. This kit contains

wAP 2nD device with 2.4 GHz WLAN interface and Ethernet port that could be used as a backend connection and pre-installed UDP packet forwarder to any public or private LoRa servers. You can attach an external antenna (see below) or use internal 2.5 dBi antenna. Once again the price is a real bargain – under $200!

LoRa Antenna kit with a 6.5 dBi Omni antenna for 824 – 960 MHz, 1 m long SMA cable and mechanical holder for quick and easy mast attachment – when you need that extra network coverage.

These products are ready to work with ‘The Things Network’ – the famous open-source infrastructure that provides free LoRaWAN network coverage and has tons of apps for your needs. The Things Network helps you get started with the Internet of things in a day. Cattle tracking, smart irrigation and thermostats, smart metering and so on – the possibilities are endless. The setup is so simple, anyone can get started really quickly. With an SLA backed service by ‘The Things Industries’, it has never been easier to deploy secure and scalable LoRaWAN solutions. There is a global community of developers, businesses and enthusiasts – you will never be alone with your questions and ideas regarding LoRaWAN network. No need to reinvent the wheel – join The Things Network to save time and energy with smart solutions!