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One of the more common things I see on lists is asking for what billing platform to use for your ISP. I have put together a list for ones to help you in your research. These are presented in alphabetical order. These can also be found on https://startawisp.info
There are many more platforms in the Telecom world. Some are just for inter-carrier billing or integrating with other systems. I have listed some of the more popular ones which do more than just invoice generation.
Zoho and Zoho One
UCRM by Ubiquiti
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Flash Briefing for April 22nd, 2019
<USDA announced reconnect broadband funding progam. Application acceptance will start tomorrow April 23rd.
The USDA will make three different types of awards:
- $200 million in grants, with a requirement for 25% in matching funds, with an application deadline of May 31
- $200 million in 50% grant/50% loan combinations, with an application deadline of June 21
- $200 million in low-interest loans, with an application deadline of July 12
FCC Cracking down on out-of-compliant set top boxes
In an Enforcement Advisory posted earlier this month , the Bureau noted that it has observed an increase in the marketing of out-of-compliant boxes. The agency has yet to provide a list of models that are allegedly out-of-scope, but stressed that any companies marketing or operating non-compliant devices should “stop immediately.”
The easiest way to tell is if they have an FCC sticker that shows they have been through testing.
Youtube coming back to Amazon devices
YouTube TV announced Wednesday it is increasing its prices to $50 per month after striking a major multi-year distribution agreement with Discovery Communications to provide channels like HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and more.
Increase your routing table max prefixes and TCAM tables. Estimates say the global routing table will surpass 768,000 routes. This is being referred to as 768k day. In 2014 “512 k” day happened. This caused some widespread outages on the internet. If you are taking in full routing tables it might be prudent to increase your max prefix limits. With some hardware it’s not as simple as changing max limits. You have to adjust your TCAM tables and reboot.
Indiana ISP meeting is May 16th
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This post is a huge shout out to Tasos Alexiou from RF Elements. This story started out at WISPAPALOOZA Vegas this year. I had a few clients who have been fighting noise issues. While working the Cambium booth we would go over the benefits of ePMP for noise mitigation. This would naturally lead to an antenna discussion. You can’t have an antenna discussion without mentioning RF Elements and their horn design. As with anything, clients are skeptical to things outside the conventional way of doing things. It’s not that the client is closed minded, but change becomes a little harder when revenue and cash outlay are involved. I am a very visual guy so I walked several of these clients over to the RF Elements booth so they could see the product and have it explained by the folks themselves.
These clients were getting it, but I could tell they were a little hesitant to make the leap. This is where the teamwork of the story really comes into play. Tasos could sense the same thing I was seeing, and came up with a plan. In the shipment of their gear to Vegas, they had some extra gear. After some negotiation, he told us to stop by after the show and he would see what he could do to get some gear in the hands of both of these clients. After the show, I was able to send both of these clients home with some 30 and 45-degree horns. Not only that, but these clients were able to talk about their specific situations, draw diagrams, and get a great understanding of how to get the best fit out of the equipment.
I am happy to say we have the first results from these horns. Mohave Broadband was able to put up a 30-degree horn in an area where they were having clients with signal and interference issues. By adjusting their 90/120 sectors, which even have beamforming, they were able to have the horn fit in their most troublesome area. Some of the troubles were customers who could not connect on a certain frequency very well, but others could. If the frequencies were changed the good customers became bad and vice versa. Once the horn was in place we noticed a couple of things.
The first was customers in the 30-degree beam of the horn were able to connect at good signals and data rates. These were customers who were pointed right at the sectors before, not ones on the fringes.
Secondly, due to the nature of the horn we were able to select from more channels due to the lack of sidelobes from the horns.
We could go on and on how the ePMP 2000 APs with their noise filtering, and the “clean” pattern of the horn make the difference but that is not the focus of the article. The focus is how many separate pieces of the WISP community came together to help. From WISPA putting on the show to the willingness of Tasos and RF elements to help these customers, and the ability to sit down and draw out diagrams and antenna placement to get the best place to place antennas. For those of you who don’t attend tradeshows, this is one of the success stories with a few more to come on this blog.