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Packets Down Range #15: Data Center builds, broadband funding continues, e-mail

Lots of things happening in the news this week. For the first time in a while, I have enough content for the Patreon edition. I am also starting a new thing. If you have a notable photo you would like featured in the “Photo of the week,” send them to me. The Patreon edition is now live, and items will be added shortly.


Data Center News
•Data Center Frontier talks about the eight Data Center trends for 2023.

•Microsoft to build a new Data Center in Des Moines.

•Does how a data center looks influence your decision to buy? Wes Swenson of Novva Data Centers says it does.

•Green, a Swiss Data Center operator, launches a new data center campus in Zurich.

Vantage Data Centers to build a 430,000-square-foot Data Center in London. In addition to the development of its London campus, Vantage has completed the first phase (12MW) of a second 40MW facility at its growing Cardiff campus, located in Wales, the second largest data center market in the U.K. The new facility boasts one of the lowest power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratios across all of Vantage’s facilities thanks in part to its extremely energy efficient indirect evaporative free cooling system, which negates the need for compressors in the cooling cycle.


Backbone Provider News
Lumen expands 400G footprint.


Cloud Front
•Otava is in the running for the 2022-2023 cloud awards.

Office 365 outage last week caused by a router IP change. Following this incident, Microsoft says that it’s now blocking highly impactful commands from being executed and that it will also require all command execution to follow guidelines for safe configuration changes.


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ISP News
Texas gets $363 million in Federal Grants for high-speed internet. The funds, administered through the federal Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund, will bring much-needed service to about 152,000 locations across the state. The BOOT program will begin accepting applications for broadband expansion projects in spring 2023.

T-Mobile should stop using “fast” and “reliable when it comes to their Fixed Wireless. Rival Comcast has brought a complaint so take this with a grain of salt.

Fixed Wireless companies fight to be included in the BEAD program. In recent months, representatives from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and member companies like Tarana Wireless have held meetings with staff at NTIA to discuss their concerns and provide evidence that fixed wireless over unlicensed spectrum is as reliable as other technologies approved for BEAD funds.

UPN expands to Lawrence, Kansas.

Challenges of Rural broadband.

New Farm Bill aimed to help broadband access. This seems heavily lobbied and aimed toward helping the rural electric co-ops.

•In a Captain Obvious moment. AT&T has a lot of useless landlines. And guess what? It is expensive!

•In previous PDR’s I have talked about layoffs. AT&T and Verizon cut a combined 9,400 employees last quarter alone.


Tech Topics

DNS Tunneling Threats The goal of this hunt is to review DNS logs to baseline common domains queried by endpoints in the environment as well as identify potentially infected endpoints by looking for evidence of DNS tunneling,rogue communication, or data exfiltration, over DNS channels, domain generation algorithm (DGA) domains, and traffic to risky top level domains (TLDs

Cloudflare overtakes Apache and Nginx as the top web server.

•A couple of e-mail-related bits from ISIPP. Four states now have e-mail opt-in and privacy laws. Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut, and Utah are among a growing number of states looking to crack down on e-mail privacy and data collection issues. Google ends its Verified Sender Pilot Program for political plans

•Are you going to Nanog87? I am. To catch a great topic, check out Exploring the Fundamentals of DNS by Eddy Winstead.

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Photo of the Week

New Data Center switches in a rack

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Packets Down Range #14:Virgina Data Centers, more job cuts, Paypal breach

Amazon delivered my new 49″ curved monitor today. It reminds me how much I love tech and new gadgets. I wanted to thank each and every one of you who are Patreons. In December, I had the unfortunate time of hitting a dear in texas. Due to all of the airbags deploying, the car of my dreams was totaled. I am getting closer each day to my goal of replacing the vehicle. This would not be possible without your support. Anyway, on to the news.


Data Center News
Virginia makes it easier for Data Centers to build in their state. CyrusOne buys land in northern Virginia.

•Can a data center heat homes? QTS and others are putting this theory to the test in the Netherlands.


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ISP News
Comcast outs Verizon as the fastest ISP...at least for now.

•At the same time Verizon has the best network quality, according to J.D. Power. For the 30th consecutive time, the latest J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study, Volume 1, names Verizon as the most awarded brand for Wireless Network Quality. Verizon has now earned more than 185 J.D. Power Awards for Network Quality, which is more than any other U.S. network provider in the history of this study.

unWired Broadband increases capacity in Laton, CA.

Vistabeam acquires Raicom. Benkelman, NE – As part of its mission to bridge the digital divide, Vistabeam is pleased to announce that on December 1, 2022, it acquired Raicom, the fixed wireless division of BWTelcom.

Sandvine talks about Internet traffic patterns and usage. The report, by Sandvine, says there was a 24% year-on-year increase in video traffic in H1 2022, alongside a 23% rise in overall Internet traffic, despite an end to pandemic-era lockdowns in many countries

Starry cuts more jobs

Kansas awards money to AT&T, Nex-Tech, and others.


Other Tech News

Google Lays off more workers.

•RouterOS Version 7.7 is out

ªLooking to upgrade your phone soon? You may want to hold off a bit for the new models.

Capital one lays off 1,100 Tech workers

Paypal Breach. PayPal is sending out data breach notifications to thousands of users who had their accounts accessed through credential stuffing attacks that exposed some personal data. Credential stuffing are attacks where hackers attempt to access an account by trying out username and password pairs sourced from data leaks on various websites.

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Photo of the Week

Mikrotik CCR getting ready to be turned up

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