ARIN consulting package end-of-the-year special

From now until the end of the year, I am running the following consulting package, including the following ARIN services.

-Helping you set up your organization within ARIN
-Helping you set up your Point of Contact (POC) records
-Getting your own ASN
-Getting an IPV6 allocation
-Generating RPKI and ROA for up to 10 IP blocks (V4 and V6)
-Creating route registry entries for 1 ASN and up to 10 IP blocks
-Creating a PeeringDB entry and linking that to your route registry
-Setting up your IP blocks to point to a reverse DNS server
-Updating your whois information (if needed)
-Signing you up for ShadowServer reports
-Signing you up for monitoring of your blocks (up to 5 for free)
-Tutorial on using Looking Glasses to view your IP blocks and how they relate to other networks

All of this for $1200. This is a savings of over $800 with this promotion. Don’t wait. I only have limited slots available. I can put you on a payment plan (10% fee) or take a 20% deposit to secure the promotion for 60 days.

Optional Add ons
-Hosting a reverse DNS server for your IPs
-IPV6 Deployment plan
-Justification for getting on the waiting list for an IPV4 block
-BGP setup for Team CYMRU

You can e-mail me here for more details.

Packets Down Range #5: Patreon edition

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Welcome to the Patreon edition of Packets Down Range. This is where you get even more news and content for supporting PDR. In this issue we talk about MineCraft and how you can manage data centers, Preseem 2022 notification, and more.

CloudCraft -Learn about the Cloud and explore the important role Datacenters play, and engage as active digital citizens to learn how data is managed and protected across the globe.

•Little older but Morrison & Company to acquire Fiberlight

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Northleaf capital to invest $230 Million in Mercury Networks

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Packets Down Range: Oct 14

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Packets Down Range (PDR). This newsletter will aim to gather the important news facing the Service Provider space. We will cover data center News, Backbone providers, peering, and general ISP news.

Let’s get into it

Data Center News
Equinix no longer provides copper and multi-mode cross-connects
I have seen the trend go to single-mode cabling more and more over the past several years. With 10 GIG rapidly becoming the minimum handoff on many circuits, this comes as no surprise.

Backbone Provider News
Cogent to hold 3rd Quarter Conference Call Nov 3, 2022

FD-IX 7 States 29 Data Centers. Peering, Interconnection, Data Centers. Visit

ISP News
Nextlink to deploy Nokia solutions in 12 US States

South Dakota Denies LTD Broadband etc designation
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday decided to close the docket on LTD Broadband. The Minnesota company has been seeking designation by the state commission as an eligible telecommunications carrier so that it could receive federal funding.

Verizon Expands Low-income FWA
As part of its ongoing mission to help ensure equal and affordable access to internet for all, Verizon today announced select 5G Home and LTE Home Internet services are available for free to qualifying households through the new Verizon Forward Program. Now, qualified customers can take advantage of fast, reliable Verizon Home Internet via 5G Home, LTE Home or Fios at no cost.

Is DOCSIS 4.0 the answer to competing with FTTH?
With all the attention on Fiber to the Home, what about Cable? Can DOCSIS 4.0 bring cable companies up to par with fiber deployments?

Fixed Wireless News

Word is Tarana Wireless is coming out with an update for their 3GHZ product in the next 30 days.

Other Industry News
Netflix announces cheaper tier

Facebook Data Breach
Meta found over 400 apps created for both Android and Apple devices that were disguised as photo editing, games, and features like a flashlight app. Instead, the apps were used to steal login names and passwords when they asked users to sign in via Facebook, it announced in a release on Friday.

Calix price target Increased
With all the broadband expansion this is not surprising.

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The power of turning it around

One of the things we, as humans, deal with is the knee-jerk reaction to find why not in things.

Take the extra moment to think of a solution to the problem instead o shutting it down. Many times, this is because we are not thinking big enough. A great example of this is in the Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) industry. Many technologies for delivering Internet access in the WISP industry require line of sight. This means trees are typically the reason a customer can’t get service. The average WISP simply says, “There is no way we can get you service,” and leaves it at that. The successful wisp says, “You would need a 100-foot tower over here to get you service.”

In the last sentence, the successful WISP has accomplished two things. The first is they have given the customer an option. Too many times, we assume such options are beyond the reach of the customer. Stop assuming that. Let the customer decide if it is or not. Secondly, it has left the customer with a positive spin on an unfortunate situation. Subconsciously, the customer has a positive view because you have given them a solution. This solution may not be within their reach, but you have given the customer the power to decide if it is or not. I have been surprised several times when a customer has had that 100-foot tower built.

We all hear the cliches.
“develop a can-do attitude.”
“positive attitudes make for positive results.”
“positivity makes for productivity.”

As much as I hate cliches, your approach to problems can be the deciding factor in the outcome. I find myself having to step back at times because I am jumping to the conclusion that it can’t be done or only be done a certain way.

in short, identify the problem but don’t dwell on it. Find the solution r multiple solutions. It may be out of your budget, out of reach due to other resources, or may not be feasible. However, you found solutions instead of giving up.

Don’t forget tower training and equipment

As you enter the winter in most of the United States, set aside some time to review your equipment status for your tower climbers. Are their harnesses in need of replacement due to age? What times were you always short of on tower sites this year? Carabiners? Bolt bags? Rope?

Contact Lee at to get your orders in. Supply chain issues are always a concern with anything these days, so get your orders in early

The ever-evolving service provider

Some of you may have noticed a subtle difference in the title. In many of my previous posts and articles, wISP was written as WISP. Note the capitalization of W. This represents a shift from Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) becoming a more hybrid approach to service delivery. What does this mean? Are Wireless providers going away? Read on, dear reader.

Mainly due to government definitions of what broadband is, speeds being delivered by service providers are being increased. In 2015 the FCC defined broadband as a download of 25 megs and an upload of 3 megs. Several wireless equipment manufacturers were able to come out with new point-to-multipoint radios in unlicensed and 3.65 frequencies to meet this demand.

Fast forward to the “Covid years.” Demand for broadband increased. Working from home has become more mainstream than it ever has. This is the time many WISPs shined. These operators could service up new areas and increase bandwidth in existing coverage areas quickly. As with many governmental dealings,

What does this mean for the wISP? wISPs will be transforming into an overall service provider to satisfy several needs and regulations. Delivery speed will be the number one focus on all new build-outs. Many politicians and government regulators are already suggesting a 100 meg service tier.

So how are wISPs evolving? Let’s jump into it.

Automation saves money. Saving money allows for more devliery devices, whether they be Access Points, OLTs, or switches). Automation makes customer interaction faster and more efficient. From signups to support ques, automation is becoming the key to optimizing these interactions. Companies like SBR Consulting LLC provide automation. Other companies like RemoteWinbox can automate managing your large Mikrotik network.

Add on services and vertical markets.
Most government grants require you to provide Voice as part of your offerings. Why not let companies like Atheral take this load off you. You can then concentrate on acquiring customers. Video services like Realchoice can make sense if your network supports their unique data demands.

Network Quality of Service
Modern access customers are demanding. Technology is always evolving, and so are data flows. Preseem and Cambium QOE are two companies that can apply policies to flows and data endpoints as well as other traffic manipulation. This allows you to optimize your network. Latency sensitive items such as VOIP can benefit from a QOS/QOE soluiion.

High-Speed multipoint wireless
Fiber takes time to build and is costly. Wireless makes sense in so many places. 802.11-based systems are still a viable option for rural and less dense areas. However, MU-MIMO systems from the likes of Tarana and Cambium Medusa are the next generation of fixed wireless systems delivering higher bandwidth. LTE players such as Nokia have solutions for the growing wISP.

Hybrid Networks
As customer demands increase, there have to be bigger pipes pushing bandwidth to the towers and aggregation points. Licensed links are pushing more and more bandwidth. Fiber-fed towers are also becoming a thing. This means the wISP is possibly building their own fiber infrastructure to support the gigabit and muti-gigabit clusters being installed on towers. One natural progression is , as the provider passes homes, it makes sense to use strands to provide some sort of Fiber To The Home (FTTH). This is an easier cost to absorb as it can be both revenue generating and business supporting at the same time.

Peering and Interconneciton
Internet customers tend to consume much of the same data repeatedly. Pulling this from geographically close locations speeds up the customer experience while reducing latency. Internet Exchange Points (IXPSs) bring more resiliency to a fragile Internet. Companies like FD-IX and Ohio-IX are independent exchange points.

these are just a few things the xISP (wISP, fISP, etc.) can look into to migrate their networks to the next level. Many of them mentioned are at WISPAPALOOZA 2022 in Las Vegas this week.