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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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Podcast: Atheral, VOIP and communication “stuff”

Recently I sat down and did a podcast with Daniel White of Atheral (https://atheral.co/). We talked about how WISPS can use VOIP to prevent overbuilding, Unified communications, and some of the forms and procedures for getting started with VOIP.

If you want to contact Atheral about their products you can do so at the following:

Web: https://atheral.co/
Book A demo: https://calendly.com/atheralsales/prtdemo
e-mail or Phone: https://atheral.co/contact

 

Atheral recommended 499 fillng help

Our friends over at Atheral have some companies to help you with your 499 filings.

What is FCC Form 499‑A?
FCC form 499‑A must be filed by interstate or international telecommunications providers in the US to register for the Universal Service Fund and report their revenue. You’ll have the form 499‑A immediately inside your registered agent account with our DC agent information pre-populated on it immediately after signing up for our DC registered agent service.

Inteserra Consulting Group:  https://www.inteserra.com/tom-forte
Lerman Senter:  https://www.lermansenter.com/attorneys/stephen-e-coran/
Compliance Solutions: https://www.csilongwood.com/
Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC: https://commlawgroup.com/

Podcast:5.9GHZ, Azure overloaded,collaboration

Microsoft is concerned about its cloud capacity.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/our-commitment-to-customers-and-microsoft-cloud-services-continuity/
<Isn’t this the advantage of the cloud?. I know you have to add physical hardware, space, cooling, etc.>

FCC Opens up 5.9GHZ to rural providers
The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), helped the companies apply for the STAs. WISPA told the FCC the companies rely primarily on unlicensed spectrum for last-mile connections to end-users, including the 5 GHz UNII bands. “Many of the WISPs’ customers have no other alternative to terrestrial broadband services,” WISPA told the agency.
https://insidetowers.com/cell-tower-news-fcc-grants-wisps-access-to-5-9-ghz-to-give-rural-networks-crisis-support/

Phone usage is up
Verizon is handling 800 million calls a day now.  This is double those seen on mothers day.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/27/verizon-ceo-amid-covid19-cell-calls-hit-highs-only-seen-at-peak-times.html

Question for the day.
What Collaboration tools are you using?

j2 Podcast:5g hype, more bandwidth, preseem

Hi this is Justin, it’s Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 and this is the ISP news you need to know.  It’s been quite hot in my office so I haven’t been doing many recordings due to fans and such making it noisy in here.  here are some of the things you need to know.

Think 5G is all hype?
The 5G providers are touting how 5G will bridge the digital divide and folks are paying attention.
https://www.digitaltrends.com/web/31-percent-us-households-no-broadband-internet/

Another reason your customers need more bandwidth
Google play store is now selling some Disney movies in 4k.
https://9to5google.com/2019/07/25/google-play-disney-4k/

FCC asks for more c-Band input
The FCC seeks more comments on C-band proposals for flexible use of the 3.7-4.2 GHz Band. Comments on all the further studies are due August 7 to Docket 18-122.   
https://insidetowers.com/cell-tower-news-fcc-asks-for-more-input-on-proposals-to-repurpose-c-band/

Preseem Netflix Video
The folks over at Preseem have a pretty informative video on Netflix.

Form 477 Resources

https://transition.fcc.gov/Forms/Form477/477inst.pdf
lots of good information in here


https://www.fcc.gov/general/broadband-deployment-data-fcc-form-477

Who Files What?

  • All facilities-based broadband providers are required to file data with the FCC twice a year (Form 477) on where they offer Internet access service at speeds exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction.
  • Fixed providers file lists of census blocks in which they can or do offer service to at least one location, with additional information about the service.*
  • Mobile providers file maps of their coverage areas for each broadband technology (e.g., EV-DO, HSPA, LTE).  See Mobile Deployment Data.

https://www.fcc.gov/general/form-477-orders-and-releases


https://www.fcc.gov/economics-analytics/industry-analysis-division/form-477-resources/generating-fixed

Generating Fixed Broadband Deployment Data for FCC Form 477


https://geobuffer.com/
Turn US addresses into coordinates.

xISP news From Washington

https://www.techspot.com/news/79863-fcc-promises-roll-out-improved-broadband-over-106000.html

Back in January of 2018, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a proposal that could have allocated over $500 million toward the development of rural broadband internet lines. At the time, Pai said that closing the “digital divide” between rural and urban broadband was the FCC’s “top priority.


https://www.cnet.com/news/broadband-part-of-2-trillion-infrastructure-agreement-between-democrats-and-trump/

Broadband is expected to be part of the $2 trillion spending plan on infrastructure that President Donald Trump agreed to in a meeting with Democratic leaders. 

On Tuesday, Trump met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House to begin discussions about a new infrastructure spending plan.


https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/04/isps-promise-25mbps-for-106000-rural-americans-but-itll-take-a-decade/

More than 106,000 rural homes and small businesses in 43 US states will get access to 25Mbps broadband at some point in the next decade thanks to a Federal Communications Commission policy change.