xISP related Facebook groups for WISPs and other ISPs

The following is a list of some of the more popular Facebook groups for Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs), Fiber Service Providers (FISPs), and other related groups. This list is not complete by any means. If you find this list helpful please consider donating a few dollars via Paypal or joining my Patreon. If you are not listed here please consider donating and I will get you added.
Last Updated: 13 May 2021

General Groups
WISP Talk
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wisptalk/

Everything WISP
https://www.facebook.com/groups/everythingwisp/

WISP Equipment
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wispequipment/

WISP Talk – Starlink & LEO
https://www.facebook.com/groups/392803248590263/

WISP Talk (Newbies and Startups)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2167897793237945

WISPs turned FISPs – FTTH, FTTP, just Fiber stuff
https://www.facebook.com/groups/fispstuff/

WISP Installers
https://www.facebook.com/groups/570927479951649/


Organizations
WISPA
https://www.facebook.com/WirelessISPAssociation/


Vendor User Groups
Cambium Users (English Only)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cambiumusers

Sonar Software User Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/921593151304842

Baicells Unofficial English Users Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Baicells

Mimosa by Airspan Users Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1550178418577187


Services
Atheral
https://www.facebook.com/atheralrocks

VISP
https://www.facebook.com/visp.noc

Distributors

Equipment Manufacturers

Vultr announces $150 million funding

Constant, the creator of the Vultr cloud computing and bare metal platform, has announced a $150 million credit facility from J.P. Morgan and Bank of America. This includes a $25 million uncommitted expansion option to accommodate future growth, and Constant will use the additional capital to expand its global footprint of automated cloud infrastructure to serve its rapidly-growing customer base. Constant claims it has become one of the largest cloud computing platforms in the world without ever raising equity financing. The Vultr platform was launched in 2014 and was built by developers for developers. More than 40 million cloud servers have been launched on the Vultr platform across nearly every country in the world.

Indiana Bell Building Moved in 1930

Between Oct. 12 and Nov. 14 1930 the eight-story 11,000-ton Indiana Bell building was shifted 52 feet south along Meridian St. and rotated 90 degrees to face New York St. Workmen used a concrete mat cushioned by Oregon fir timbers 75-ton, hydraulic jacks and rollers, as the mass moved off one roller workers placed another ahead of it. Every six strokes of the jacks would shift the building three-eights of an inch – moving it 15 inches per hour.

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/history/retroindy/2014/01/07/indiana-bell/4354705/

Interconnection Quarterly

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e013aba1c79407e08cf53bc/t/60610a0a5517c019d36a2083/1616972299607/Foundations+-+Interconnection+Quarterly+%284Q2020%29+.pdf

From Christian Koch from Foundations

I am excited to reveal that my quarterly interconnection update has
transformed into the Interconnection Quarterly, a hand-tailored,
independent briefing on the interconnection industry. Right now, my plans
are to publish the Interconnection Quarterly shortly after the last public
companies report earnings, as I’ve done with the previous updates. This
may change in the future, but for now, this is the plan.
In this inaugural issue, you’ll find the latest financial and business metrics
for select data center operators and interconnection platforms, as well as
insights into key developments and newsworthy events that occurred
within the fourth quarter of 2020.
We’re at an important juncture for interconnection, and while it still may
be seen by some as just a basic service that a data center or colocation
provider must offer, the truth is, that interconnection is much more
important.
From cross-connects to cloud networks, the constant here is in the
connection. How that connection is established and what you can do
with it is what’s changing as we adapt to a world powered by software in
the cloud.

Mikrotik 7.1beta4 is out

What’s new in 7.1beta4 (2021-Feb-03 09:39):

*) api – added support for REST API;
*) crs3xx – fixed Layer3 hardware offloading;
*) route – routing rules improvements;
*) winbox – added support for wifiwave2;
*) winbox – updated User Manager, OSPF and BGP menus;
*) wifiwave2 – authentication and functionality improvements;
*) other fixes and improvements;

New Pricing Effective February 1, 2021

New Pricing for consulting rates effective February 1st 2021

Non Contract work (when available)
Standard rate $159 per hour
After-hours work $179 an hour

Standard Contract Work
5 Hour block $700
10 Hour block $1290
15 Hour block $1785
After hours and weekend billed at a 10% premium

Elitism in the I.T field

Have you ever ran across this guy? If not, maybe it’s you.

Elitism is in every field. I.T/Networking/Programming fields highlight the elitism more than other areas for several reasons. We will dive into some of these reasons and maybe shed some light on the behavior to get folks thinking. This article is full of lots of over-simplistic generalizations to illustrate a point. There are always exceptions to the things I mention here. On the flip side of that, some of the things mentioned are the exception.

One of the things i tend to see crop up on a regular basis is the elitism attitude.

“my way of doing things is better than yours”

“Haha. you are stupid for doing it that way”

“that is so 10 years ago”

So what makes an elitism attitude? Not seeing the entire picture for one. Things are always done for a reason. At the very basic level it is ignorance. They don’t know any better. Other times, it was a 3AM fix that was supposed to be temporary. We all know how temporary can turn into permanent.

Why do some folks feel the need to bring others down? there are entire sections in the bookstore (remember those?) related to psychology of the human mind. Let’s explore some of the ones I have seen over my 20+ years in the I.T. field.

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Personality traits and proficiency
I.T. folks are not the only ones who suffer from personality quirks. The I.T. field has historically had a wide gap between those who know technology and those who don’t. This has allowed personalities who lack the self-confidence to really find their niche and excel at things. Once they experience this new sense of importance, it can go to their head. This can result in an “I am better at this” attitude.

Absolute Power corrupts absolutely
I have heard this story over and over. A company has a “computer person” who has built their network but refused to share the inner workings, never did documentation, and all-around kept as much information as they could to themselves.

In over their heads
Human nature tends to tell us if we ask for help that is a sign of weakness. As I.T. departments become more and more sophisticated their knowledge-base has to expand to learn new software and new technologies.

Age makes a difference
As we get older we tend to get set in our ways. For the most part, our thirst for knowledge tends to wain. We start experiencing the “Get off my lawn” feeling more and more.

Some of this is due to us getting set in our ways. Sometimes the best way to do something can be the way it’s always been done. This can be a double-edged sword.

Criticize without action
The biggest pet peeve of mine in the I.T. industry are those who criticize what others do, without offering their own solution. I often put out blog posts and other content to get conversations started or fill a specific need.

Always the flip-side
You have two sides to every coin, both sides of a record (I’m really dating myself now), and two different perspectives. So why go through all of this? People are going to be people, right? Well, the wrong people can be toxic. One thing to keep in mind in any business is you are there to support the customer. No business is without a customer; otherwise, it is a hobby.

When it comes to I.T., ignorance can only get you so far. At one point, you have to “up your game.” The problem becomes when the less informed look to their peers and those peers are sitting on an Ivory Pedestal telling everyone how, if they aren’t doing XYZ, they are dumb. It’s not the industry peers’ job to help those who are only hurting themselves. Nor is it their job to criticize them. if they want to be constructive, they can start mentoring some of their peers who need help and ask for help. Not everyone needs or wants help, no matter how wrong you think they are.It takes a certain balance to carry yourself as a true expert without coming off as rude or self-obsessed. Remember that I.T. is nothing without the customer.

If you are in any field think about your next encounter with your co-workers.  I am not talking about water-cooler talk.  Think about your interaction if you are in a support role.  Are you condescending? Think about your interactions with others in the field.  How do you treat them?  We all have bad days, but those should be the exception to the rule.

I have a backbone provider that every time I call their support I am blown off as it is a problem with my configuration.  I know it’s not, but I am not arrogant enough to think I am right without first double-checking my work.  I won’t call until I know it’s my issue. These types of interactions cut down on the flow of information.  They don’t foster a good working relationship with someone I am paying money to.

Don’t be Nick Burns, the Computer guy.