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.

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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ACT Computers Tech Talk with Brian Artigas

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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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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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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

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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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