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ISPs new years resolutions 2023 edition

If you are an ISP, you should do the following this year.

  1. Enable HTTPS on your website. I see many ISPs who do not have HTTPS enabled on your domains. The biggest reason to do this is so google will “crawl” your site.
  2. Apply for IP space from your local RIR. For North America, this is ARIN. It’s easier than you think and is still available.
  3. Have contact info on your website that is easy to get to.
  4. Mention your service areas in detail. I see too many companies not list the states they cover. If you cover a town called Washington, which one of the 88 “Washingtons” in the United States do you cover? Also, have text descriptions. Search engines are still a big deal.
  5. Automate your Social media and blog. Not everyone uses Facebook. Not everyone uses Twitter. Not everyone uses both. Some tools can instantly post updates to your social media from one platform. I use WordPress plugins on the blog to do this. An up-to-date web presence engages with potential customers and current customers.
  6. Update your contact info with critical resources. ARIN WHOIS comes to mind.
  7. Spin up your own DNS resolvers
  8. Rollout IPV6
  9. Cleanup your Monitoring
  10. Offer Voice, even if it’s just to businesses. This can open doors to broadband funding.
  11. Start collecting and categorizing data. Centralize log management, know who visits your website, what keywords they use, and network-related data are just a few things you should know.
  12. Create a centralized Management network to increase security and flexibility.

If you need help doing any of this, I have some time available on a consulting basis to help. Reach out to me here. I have a special going on for hours of time. These are extremely limited, though.

New Year’s resolutions for network engineers

Why not start out the new year with some changes? Here is my list of things I see which could help. You can easily do the following twelve things in the next twelve months.

  1. Take time for documentation. Set aside an afternoon a week to do documentation. Once caught up, don’t consider a project until the documentation is complete.
  2. Setup that lab you have always wanted, or re-vamp that aging lab.
  3. Clean out your e-mail box and apply filters to recurring emails. Your inbox is not a to-do list.
  4. Speaking of e-mail, segment your e-mail boxes. Backup alerts should go to backups@, and alert e-mails should go to alerts@ or noc@. Make it easy to categorize your e-mail. if this is not for you, apply tags and filters to categorize mail.
  5. Standardize your naming of devices, interfaces, and comments.
  6. De-clutter everything. More on this in a follow-up article.
  7. Enable 2Factor authentication on everything you can.
  8. If it’s not on your calendar, it will probably get missed.
  9. Make a point to attend at least one conference or local user group by May.
  10. Step up your cabling game
  11. Deploy IPV6 across your network if you have not already
  12. Buy a labeler and use it. https://amzn.to/3hYEtdj

Packets Down Range #9:Lumen, Cloud, 800GB switches. Sponsors needed

Welcome to issue #9 of Packets Down Range. I am a little behind because a deer decided to jump in front of my car on a recent trip to Texas. There wasn’t much damage, but almost all the airbags were deployed, which caused the car to be a total loss. As a result, I am behind and need those sponsorships. :-). Submit any news here.

Data Center & Cloud News

Comcast expands to H5 Albuquerque

The big cloud names score a combined $9 Billion dollar deal with the Pentagon. The Pentagon said Wednesday that AmazonGoogleMicrosoft and Oracle received a cloud-computing contract that can reach as high as $9 billion total through 2028.

Andrew Power named new CEO of Digital Realty.

•As reported earlier on this blog, Netrality finished the acquisition of the operations of 733 Henry in Indianapolis.


Interconnection & Peering

Lumen looks to add 6 million miles of new fiber by 2026. Lumen’s work will focus on its backbone network rather than its metro or residential assets. CTO Andrew Dugan told Fierce its newly announced target is part of a nationwide upgrade project Lumen has been chipping away at for the past five years or so.

INEX reaches the 1TB of traffic mark.


ISP News
•Great Plains expands Nebraska fiber footprint

Bluebird acquires Missouri Telecom’s Middle mile network assets. This strategic acquisition of MTI’s network assets will expand and strengthen Bluebird’s existing fiber network throughout Southwest Missouri and is part of the company’s overall growth strategy across the Midwestern United States. 

•Do you have your 6GHz OET experimental license? Cambium talks about their ePMP 4600. In the article, they have a guide on obtaining your 6GHZ OET.


Podcasts & Videos

•Wireless Myth Busters Episode 2. The myth we’re busting in this episode: “With federal funding abound, why not all fiber, all the time” Come along to Scotts Bluff, Nebraska where we join Vistabeam to see how they’re leveraging Cambium Networks product line to wirelessly deliver connnectivity to their customers across 40,000 square miles through out Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska.

The BrothersWisp episode #175. Installer Tools

•Came across this great Youtube channel called Lifetechfacts

LTE signals with Mikrotik.


Other Industry News

•For those of you using ARIN Reg-RWS API keys, you have some changes coming

Arista offers 800Gbps connections on two models of their data center switches.

BBSes are still alive and well.

Payphones are also alive and well in Philadelphia.

Exploit Database has an update.

•Tom’s guide reviews the Vilo VLWF01


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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.

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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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Friday fun

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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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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
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.

ISP News for the week ending April29th, 2022

Cloudflare blocks a 15rps DDOs Attack.
https://blog.cloudflare.com/15m-rps-ddos-attack/

Good news regarding the chip shortage.
“America’s ambitions to rebuild its semiconductor manufacturing industry took a step forward on Monday with the opening of a specialty chip fabrication plant in central New York.”
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Tech/Semiconductors/U.S.-opens-first-major-silicon-carbide-chip-plant-in-New-York

The United States joins 55 nations to set Internet rules
https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-joins-55-nations-set-new-global-rules-internet-2022-04-28/

Will a re-brand of Frontier help its image?
https://www.telecompetitor.com/frontier-rebrand-aims-to-be-the-unmistakable-icon-of-gigabit-america/

New on Californias Net Neutrality Law
California’s net neutrality law is similar to the federal rules repealed under former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. California prohibits ISPs from blocking or throttling lawful traffic. It also prohibits requiring fees from websites or online services to deliver or prioritize their traffic to consumers, bans paid data cap exemptions (so-called “zero-rating”), and says that ISPs may not attempt to evade net neutrality protections by slowing down traffic at network interconnection points.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/04/isps-cant-find-any-judges-who-will-block-california-net-neutrality-law/

Mikrotik releases 7.3Beta37
*) bonding – fixed LACP flapping for RB5009 and CCR2004-16G-2S+ devices;
*) bridge – fixed packet marking for IP/IPv6 firewall;
*) dot1x – improved server stability when using re-authentication;
*) fetch – improved full disk detection;
*) gps – fixed minor value unit typo;
*) l3hw – improved offloading for directly connected hosts on CRS305, CRS326-24G-2S+, CRS328, CRS318, CRS310;
*) led – fixed QSFP+, QSFP28 activity LEDs when using 40Gbps modules (introduced in v7.3beta33);
*) lte – disabled wait for LTE auto attach;
*) mpls – fixed MPLS MTU and path MTU selection;
*) ovpn – fixed hardware offloading support on CHR;
*) ovpn – improved Windows client disconnect procedure in UDP mode;
*) ovpn – moved authentication failure messages to “info” logging level;
*) ppp – added warning when using prefix length other than /64 for router advertisement;
*) ppp – fixed “remote-ipv6-prefix” parameter unsetting;
*) ppp – fixed issue with multiple active sessions when “only-one” is enabled;
*) routerboot – properly reset system configuration when protected bootloader is enabled and reset button used;
*) rsvp-te – improved stability when “Resv” received for non-existing session;
*) sfp – improved QSFP/SFP interface initialization for 98DXxxxx switches;
*) switch – fixed missing stats from traffic-monitor for 98DXxxxx and 98PX1012 switches;
*) system – fixed RouterOS bootup when wifiwave2 package is installed (introduced in v7.3beta34);
*) system – fixed rare partial loss of RouterOS configuration after package upgrade/downgrade/install/uninstall;
*) user-manager – improved stability when received EAP attribute with non-existing state attribute;
*) vpls – fixed “pw-l2mtu” parameter usage;