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Packets Down Range #8:Water in the data center, Comcast fees, Starlink speeds

Welcome to issue #8 of Packets Down Range. I am making haste in order to get on the road to Texas for some work. It will be nice to go from 31-degree weather in Indiana to 70s in Texas, even though some of it will be spent inside a data center at night. News has been a little light due to new items

Data Center News

AWS says it will be water positive by 2030. As part of the “water+” initiative, Amazon Web Services shared the Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE) for its data centers, and said it will report annually on its WUE, new water reuse and recycling efforts, as well as new activities to reduce water consumption in its facilities.

Edge deployments starting to accelerate. SBA towers and others are pushing this trend.

Meta plans to go Liquid


Interconnection & Peering

Omni Fiber acquires Ohio Telecom Inc. Omni Fiber, a Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) provider committed to bringing high-speed Internet access to underserved markets in the Midwest has acquired Port Clinton based Ohio Telecom, Inc. to accelerate growth.

Comcast Business expands into H5 Albuquerque


ISP News
•$224 Million in high-speed broadband grants for Tribal lands in the United States

•Starlink speeds appear to be dropping.

785,000 TV cable subscribers lost in Q3 of 2022. Mainly attributied to “cord cutters”

More Comcast fees.


Podcasts & Videos
The Brothers WISP #169 is out

•WIlle Howe’s Latest Video


Other Industry News
25 Days of ARIN. Follow them on Twitter for fun facts and figures. #25DaysOfARIN

FCC’s new rules for Affordable Connectivity Progam

•As reported in a previous edition, Broadband “Nutrition label” is now required.


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Packets Down Range #7:Thanksgiving edition

Welcome to issue #7 of Packets Down Range. Turkey Day is almost upon us here in the States. As a result, I am pushing this out a day early. Keep those news reports coming. I will be having a Patreon Edition on Black Friday, mainly focusing on some hand-picked deals related to networking. I also have some items listed on Facebook WISP equipment with free shipping for Patreon supporters.

Data Center News

How do Data Centers work? When touring part of Flexential’s datacenter campus, called Hillsboro 3, one gets a sense of just how much power, equipment, money and personnel goes into operating Oregon’s growing tech sector.

Chicago data center market is booming. I hate paywalls, but you can preview the article.


Interconnection & Peering

•INEX reaches a new traffic peak thanks to FIFA World Cup

•Some cool photos on this page relating to fiber and infrastructure

Lumen to sell off assets in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.


ISP News
•T-Mobile talks FWA as an overlay

WISPS and 6GHZ

•Vistabeam to expand to Chappel, Nebraska.

•As mentioned in a previous edition, Broadband labels are now out.


Podcasts & Events
•The Network Berg has a video on Ansible for Network Engineers

Preseem Podcast Episode 3 is out. Anton Kapela and Dave Clelland join us as our first guests to talk about Tarana. They discuss with RF experts theoretical minimums, whether it’s a “Mimosa B11”, and the magic behind it.

The Brothers Wisp #174. Interview with David Zumwalt CEO of WISPA


Other Industry News
•Is fiber going to price itself out of the running? Supply Chain issues and rising labor costs could put a damper on fiber deployments

•News about the new FCC maps.
Article 1
Broadband Map Home

cnMaestro 3.2.0 is out Release notes are available here…


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Packets Down Range #6:OpenWifi, iOT, RDOF,CBRS

Welcome to issue #6 of Packets Down Range. The thing I am excited about lately is the 100 Gig passive mux by solid optics. One of the hats I wear is running an IX. We are always looking for ways to best utilize our dark fiber assets to increase data rates. Keep those tips and articles coming. I am working on the Patreon edition, and it will be released shortly.

Data Center News

•Are Data Centers pricing themselves out of the market? Rising energy costs, increases in cross-connect fees, and just general price raising are causing more folks to look at moving more things into the cloud.

Building an IoT backbone


Interconnection & Peering

•Hurricane Electric expands to DataBank DFW1.


ISP News
•According to Leichtman Research Group, Verizon and T-Mobile added 15x more subscribers in Q3 2022 than the top 7 cable providers in the US combined.

101 most innovative Texas wireless companies according to beststartuptexas.com.

•Crosstown Fiber extends its footprint in the greater Chicago area.
Crosstown’s underground network is designed for customers who need access to resilient fiber pathways. The company will target school systems, large corporations, hyperscalers and data center operators, small cell wireless carriers, content providers, and municipal and other government agencies.

California Internet (GeoLinks) and Shenandoah Cable Television are the latest to be authorized by the FCC for their RDOF-winning bids. People’s communications in Texas is the latest to default on their bids. The full article can be read here.


Podcasts & Events
Inside Towers Podcast

•Willie Howe has a video on routers vs. firewalls.

Ohio Linux Professionals conference December 2nd and 3rd.


Other Industry News
•ARIN releases a new version of its RSA.

•FCC to release updated broadband map on November 18th

NTIA releases plans for all that BEAD money

•Netflix is still winning the streaming wars…for now.

•Does CBRS fall short? This article claims it does.

•What does your office do for fun or unique awards for employees?

•META moves away from connectivity. Will OpenWiFi suffer because of it?


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Notable Equipment

•Solid optics releases a new 8 Channel OWDM mux. What does this mean for you? You can run 8 100 gig waves over a passive mux system up to 20km. Each channel is 400 GHz.

•Juniper announces ACX7024 Metro Router.

WIFI 7 routers are on the way.


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Packets Down Range #5:Starlink Caps, Bitcoin to replace IPs? TBW #173

Welcome to issue #5 of Packets Down Range. Keep those news articles coming! In this issue: Bitcoin to replace IP addresses? Starlink caps. TBW #173. The Patreon edition can be found here for supporters.

Data Center News

MidWest is attractive to HyperScalers. Cooler weather and lower costs are driving factors.

•365 Data Centers acquires the network and colocation business of Sungard Availability Services.
The new data center facilities are in Alpharetta (GA), Aurora (CO), Carlstadt (NJ), Marlborough (MA), Philadelphia-Downtown (PA), Rancho Cordova (CA), Richardson (TX), and Smyrna (GA).


Interconnection & Peering

•Using Bitcoin to replace IP addresses? This article gets the synapses firing. However, do we want IP addresses to be de-centralized? They are resources, and resources need managing. If they were as plentiful as water is an argument. I say, “But we still regulate water to a degree.” Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a practical application. I just don’t think this is one. Maybe I’m wrong. We will see..

•Hurricane Electric turns up another pop in Canada.

•Is the “Tier 1 Provider” designation outdated in today’s interconnected world?


ISP News
•FCC says 6GHZ is a good thing for providers

•Even big companies, such as TDS, are experiencing labor and supply chain issues.

•759 Million in broadband funds spread across 24 states. Read the USDA press release here

•Starlink imposes Data Caps. starlinkhardware.com is a great resource for keeping up on all things Starlink-related.

•Don’t ignore those copyright violation emails. It could cost you $46.7 Million. If you need some help, I wrote an article that includes info about Registered copyright agents.

•Oregon Internet gets a speedboost from Hunter Commuications.
Today, Hunter Communications announces its fastest internet speed to date, 2.5G/2.5G. This offering makes Hunter the only service provider in its territory to offer fiber-to-the-home internet speeds this high.

Fixed wireless equipment spending to exceed $25 Billion over the next 5 years.


Podcasts & Blogs
•Packet Pushers has a blog post on automating the Data Center space.

•Vince over at IP Architects published a post on IP Infusion and EVPN-MPLS

•Episode 2 of the Preseem Podcast – WISPAPALOOZA 2022

The Brothers Wisp #173 – IX cast #2. Yours truly joins Tommy, Martin, and John to talk about exchanges and peering.


Other Industry News
•FTC says Vonage has to pay $100 Million


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Earnings News

•Microsoft’s (MSFT) revenue growth numbers still beat expectations, given they are both hyperscaler and a major cloud service provider with its Azure offerings. “This quarter, Microsoft Cloud revenue was $25.7 billion, up 24% (up 31% in constant currency) year-over-year.

•Google’s parent company Alphabet (GOOG) fell short of investors’ expectations in its earnings, causing the company’s shares to fall 28% this year. The Google Cloud, though, grew at 38% to $6.9 billion in revenue, beating analysts’ predictions.

•Amazon (AMZN) Web Services reported a 27% increase in segment sales to $20.5 billion

•Equinix (EQIX) reported an increase in revenue of 10% to $1.8 billion and a sixth consecutive quarter of record channel bookings. A net income loss of $212 million diluted the cost of a share to $2.30, a 3% decrease from the previous quarter.

•Digital Realty (DLR) reported revenue of $1.19 billion, though the share price decreased 42.6%

•Iron Mountain (IRM) reported a solid third quarter, coming in with total revenue of $1.29 billion.


Humor
This is one of my favorite Dilbert cartoons


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Packets Down Range #4: Security, Streaming & rate hikes,ARM processor news

Welcome to issue #4 of Packets Down Range. My name is Justin, and I’ll be your host. Highlights of this issue include acquisitions, arm processor news, Nanog elections, and more. . Since the last issue, I have registered packetsdownrange.com. If you have news or want to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact me.

Data Center News

Data Center Switch spending to actually increase. this jives with Companies, such as Arista, who are posting better-than-expected earnings.

•Would you run your data center at ninety degrees? Some data centers are exploring options to save water.

Install a data center in 6 hours


Interconnection & Peering
Wired has an article on underwater cables. In this article is a link to Subsea Cables FAQ. One of the most interesting is there are around 100 cable faults a year with undersea cables.


ISP News
Charter raises prices by $5

•Vistabeam acquires Front Range Internet.

Fastwyre expands its service. The combined company provides internet, phone, and video to customers in Alaska, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas

•No surprise here! Federal aid was abused by large telecoms and small ones as well.

•In the last edition, I talked about layoffs Verizon announced layoffs this past week.


Podcasts
Willie Howe schools us on Layer 3 vs Layer 3 Lite vs Layer 2+ Switches


Other Industry News
•Yet again, Europe imposes its will on the Internet. European laws are why we have all these annoying “Accept cookies” popups. They are the reason the iPhone is going to USB-c. Now they want to make the Internet more open.

Netflix acquires 6th Gaming studio

Nanog election results

Speeding up Fiber rollouts

•Starting February 1, 2023, ARIN will enforce 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) on all Arin Online accounts.

•Arm could change licensing to phase out CPU licensing. Could this affect Mikrotik?
Qualcomm claimed in its filing last week that Arm has already told at least one device maker that uses Qualcomm’s processors that it will need to obtain a “new direct license from Arm” in the future to use Arm-powered silicon. This new license will apparently require product manufacturers to pay royalties directly to Arm for every Arm-based device sold. If these makers do not accept the license, “they will be unable to obtain Arm-compliant chips from 2025 forward,” Qualcomm alleged.

Vertical Freedom movie is available on Apple Itunes. More information on the movie is at https://verticalfreedomthemovie.com/


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Industry Events

Let’s Talk broadband event on November 9th, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. Several vendors, folks from WISPA, and others are slated to attend.


Tech Items
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2022 breaks records.

•OpenSSL patch released.


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Packets Down Range #3: October 27 ISP News & More

For this edition, I am posting it a day early. Depending on how traffic goes, Thursday may be the new day for this newsletter. Since we are still new, expect some changes like this until things work out. If you are a supporter, don’t forget about the Patreon edition, which has even more news.

Fall is in full force here in Indiana. The leaves are changing, Halloween is approaching, and computer geeks are starting to spend even more time indoors. In this issue, we touch on updates, security, and a few other topics. It is also 3rd quarter of investor relations for many publicly traded companies. This newsletter is sponsored by Fiber Data Internet Exchange and Atheral.

Data Center News

•Many data centers are preparing to go into the holiday moratorium for changes. This means major changes will not be made to critical systems. This is usually done because of vacations and such for the holiday season, lasting from Thanksgiving until after the new year.

•Sabey Data centers are building a hyper-scale data center in Austin. Each cabinet can have 100KW of power. This is enough to power 25 to 50 average homes.

Netrality expands 210 North tucker in St. Louis.


Backbone News
Cogent investor Call November 3rd, 2022

Consolidated Communications Investor call on November 1st, 2022


ISP News
•Call of Duty Modern Warfare is coming. Prepare for spikes in network traffic if you are an ISP.

•Starry nixes Fixed Wireless expansion and lays off 500 workers. Article 1 Article 2

•Speaking of tech layoffs. Microsoft, Meta, and others are laying off workers and cutting down on spending. Cox and Zayo also impose layoffs.

Utility companies are taking on the telecom companies in force. Companies like HoosierNet are forming, across the country, to conquer the middle mile as a response.

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company Investor call on November 2nd, 2022.

•TDS Telecom announced 3rd quarter results.

Cox announces edge location in Nebraska. We are seeing a push to get content closer and closer to the “eyeball” users. As data demands increase, even 100 gig pipes will begin to fill.


Podcasts
Heavy Networking #652 from the Packet Pushers folks

•Network Chuck talks about hacking using a photo.

•Art of network engineering Episode 103

•The Brothers WISP #172


Other Industry News
•You have 15 minutes to secure your network. Kinda

Labels are coming to consumer electronics rating them on how insecure or secure they are.

•Zoom to hold an investor day on November 8th, 2022

Senet closes a $16 million funding round.
The funding positions Senet to meet increasing global demand for LoRaWAN™ network deployment and carrier-grade connectivity services as organizations adopt digital solutions for mission critical infrastructure improvements, process optimization, safety and security, and contactless data collection.


Industry Events

Let’s Talk broadband event on November 9th, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. Several vendors, folks from WISPA, and others are slated to attend.

H5 Data Centers has an event in Cleveland on November 4th, 2022, at Top Golf.


Tech Items
Came across the neat little USB-c multimeter device. Have you ever wondered if your laptop is charging and how much voltage is drawing?

Check out this tech tip from ISP Supplies on Wireless Equipment grounding.

Scan your RouterOS devices for vulnerabilities with RouterOS Scanner.

Cambium epmp firmware 5.3 is out. This is for the AX platform, which is mainly the Force 400 and Force 425 line.


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Packets Down Range: October 21 ISP News & More

The weather is turning cold and the days getting shorter here in Indiana. I am still working on the e-mail subscription part of this newsletter. I hope to have that squared away by the next edition. It boils down to purchasing the software at this point. If you have news you would like to submit, please e-mail me here. Sponsors and Patreons are welcome as well.

Data Center News

AWS taps “sustainable concrete” for new builds

H5 acquires 505 Marquette

Cologix opens new Headquarters in Denver


Backbone News
Hurricane Electric expands to Tierpoint Little Rock


ISP News
Verizon partners with Walmart to sell prepaid Internet

Comcast Boosts Speeds
Beginning this week, new and existing customers will be able to take advantage of the following upgraded speeds*:

  • Performance Starter/Connect from 50 Mbps to 75 Mbps
  • Performance/Connect More from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps
  • Performance Pro/Fast from 300 Mbps to 400 Mbps
  • Blast/Superfast from 600 Mbps to 800 Mbps
  • Extreme Pro/Gigabit (formerly Ultrafast) from 900 Mbps to 1 Gbps

Note the *. Limited availability. The markets are listed in the above article.

Judge says copyright lawsuit against RCN can proceed

More than a dozen movie production companies that own the copyrights to popular movies like “Rambo V: Last Blood” advanced a copyright infringement lawsuit against internet provider RCN Telecom Services LLC, which allegedly failed to terminate the accounts of internet users pirating the movies over BitTorrent networks.

If you are an ISP, don’t ignore those copyright notices. Have a special email address set up to receive these you have registered at the DMCA website.

$70 is the magic number
According to JD Power. Fixed and wireless broadband customers cited price as the number one reason they would switch service providers

Nokia says Fixed Wireless is a nice compliment to fiber


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Podcasts
The folks over at Preseem have a new Podcast.

The latest episode of The Brothers WISP


Other Industry News
Fcc to not grant approval for new ZTE and Huawei gear

Google to accept crypto payments for cloud services

Intel cutting jobs amid PC sales slump

Linux 6.0 Kernel is here

Gas Social Media app Takes off
Gas is a social media app that lets teens leave anonymous positive messages for others in their school. It has been ranked the #1 app for free social apps in terms of downloads.


Local State News

Indiana Broadband Association Names New Director
Indiana’s Next Level Connections Broadband’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced Rokshana Shireen as its new broadband director. Shireen joined OCRA as a Next Level Connections program manager in June 2021. Prior to joining OCRA, Shireen served the state for over ten years in various roles.


Tech Tips
Mikrotik has a video on logging

Is MPLS dead?


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Friday fun
Some cabling photos for your enjoyment

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