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Packets Down Range #5:Starlink Caps, Bitcoin to replace IPs? TBW #173

Welcome to issue #5 of Packets Down Range. Keep those news articles coming! In this issue: Bitcoin to replace IP addresses? Starlink caps. TBW #173. The Patreon edition can be found here for supporters.

Data Center News

MidWest is attractive to HyperScalers. Cooler weather and lower costs are driving factors.

•365 Data Centers acquires the network and colocation business of Sungard Availability Services.
The new data center facilities are in Alpharetta (GA), Aurora (CO), Carlstadt (NJ), Marlborough (MA), Philadelphia-Downtown (PA), Rancho Cordova (CA), Richardson (TX), and Smyrna (GA).


Interconnection & Peering

•Using Bitcoin to replace IP addresses? This article gets the synapses firing. However, do we want IP addresses to be de-centralized? They are resources, and resources need managing. If they were as plentiful as water is an argument. I say, “But we still regulate water to a degree.” Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a practical application. I just don’t think this is one. Maybe I’m wrong. We will see..

•Hurricane Electric turns up another pop in Canada.

•Is the “Tier 1 Provider” designation outdated in today’s interconnected world?


ISP News
•FCC says 6GHZ is a good thing for providers

•Even big companies, such as TDS, are experiencing labor and supply chain issues.

•759 Million in broadband funds spread across 24 states. Read the USDA press release here

•Starlink imposes Data Caps. starlinkhardware.com is a great resource for keeping up on all things Starlink-related.

•Don’t ignore those copyright violation emails. It could cost you $46.7 Million. If you need some help, I wrote an article that includes info about Registered copyright agents.

•Oregon Internet gets a speedboost from Hunter Commuications.
Today, Hunter Communications announces its fastest internet speed to date, 2.5G/2.5G. This offering makes Hunter the only service provider in its territory to offer fiber-to-the-home internet speeds this high.

Fixed wireless equipment spending to exceed $25 Billion over the next 5 years.


Podcasts & Blogs
•Packet Pushers has a blog post on automating the Data Center space.

•Vince over at IP Architects published a post on IP Infusion and EVPN-MPLS

•Episode 2 of the Preseem Podcast – WISPAPALOOZA 2022

The Brothers Wisp #173 – IX cast #2. Yours truly joins Tommy, Martin, and John to talk about exchanges and peering.


Other Industry News
•FTC says Vonage has to pay $100 Million


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Earnings News

•Microsoft’s (MSFT) revenue growth numbers still beat expectations, given they are both hyperscaler and a major cloud service provider with its Azure offerings. “This quarter, Microsoft Cloud revenue was $25.7 billion, up 24% (up 31% in constant currency) year-over-year.

•Google’s parent company Alphabet (GOOG) fell short of investors’ expectations in its earnings, causing the company’s shares to fall 28% this year. The Google Cloud, though, grew at 38% to $6.9 billion in revenue, beating analysts’ predictions.

•Amazon (AMZN) Web Services reported a 27% increase in segment sales to $20.5 billion

•Equinix (EQIX) reported an increase in revenue of 10% to $1.8 billion and a sixth consecutive quarter of record channel bookings. A net income loss of $212 million diluted the cost of a share to $2.30, a 3% decrease from the previous quarter.

•Digital Realty (DLR) reported revenue of $1.19 billion, though the share price decreased 42.6%

•Iron Mountain (IRM) reported a solid third quarter, coming in with total revenue of $1.29 billion.


Humor
This is one of my favorite Dilbert cartoons


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Free Microsoft exam credit

Microsoft.com offers a Microsoft Certification Exam for Free when you Complete One Challenge within the Microsoft Build Cloud Skills Challenge May 2022.

Thanks to Community Member CleverCheetah1749 for finding this deal.

Instructions:

  1. Go to Microsoft Build Cloud Skills Challenge May 2022
  2. Complete one challenge of your choice by June 21
    • To complete a challenge, finish all of the modules in the selected challenges Microsoft Learn collection.
  3. By June 30, a free exam credit will be applied to your Microsoft Learn account
  4. Redeem your exam credit to take a Microsoft Certification Exam by December 31, 2022.

Eligible Exams:

  • AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution
  • AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
  • AZ-220: Microsoft Azure IoT Developer
  • AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions
  • DP-420: Designing and Implementing Cloud – Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB
  • MS-600: Building Applications and Solutions
  • PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker
  • PL-200: Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant
  • PL-300: Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst
  • SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst
  • SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator

j2 Briefing: FCC news, Microsoft whitespace, polls

The j2 Podcast for August 29, 2019

Microsoft is pushing it’s Whitespace product as a solution to the Digital divide. This has been branded “Airband”
https://www.multichannel.com/news/microsoft-brands-rural-divide-national-crisis

The FCC
The commission unanimously voted to distribute more than $20 billion of Universal Service Fund subsidies over the next decade as part of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. It also adopted a long-awaited proposal to get more detailed information from broadband providers about where they offer service in order to improve the agency’s coverage maps.  <let’s hope this revamps the form 477 reportin>

iOt is showing it’s age
Amazon is killing off the gimicky Dash buttons.
https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/01/amazon-dash-buttons/

Verizon turns up 5G

In the ever-changing 5g race Verizon turns up 5G in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Washington DC

New poll says the Internet is more important than Air conditioning while on vacation
https://www.swnsdigital.com/2019/08/majority-of-americans-would-rather-give-up-air-conditioning-than-have-no-internet-on-vacation/

Mobile Users double since 2013
The percentage of respondents who said their primary online access devices is mobile has effectively doubled since 2013, and many of those are using mobile as a substitute, rather than a complement, to wired broadband service.
https://www.multichannel.com/news/pew-mobile-broadband-users-double-since-2013

 

Flash Briefing: April 29. Spectrum, IoT, WPA compromises

Spectrum use Article
https://www.networkworld.com/article/3343040/wireless-spectrum-shortage-not-so-fast.html
The wireless industry has always had to deal with regular (and alarming) pronouncements that we’re somehow running out of radio spectrum. We’re not. But the misconception regardless gives many IT and network managers pause. 

It does not mention WiSPs, but is a perspective nonetheless.

IoT Links
How many of you are focusing on Internet of Everything (IoT)? I have posted some links to how healthcare and others are using IoT to further their business.  As a service provider, you should be coming up with an IoT strategy.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/331792
https://www.worldbuild365.com/blog/internet-of-things-iot-the-future-of-smart-roads-skRTWO

WPA Compromises
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/11/bughunters_punch_holes_in_wpa3_wifi_security/

Microsoft and IPV6

I have written about IPV6 lately and Microsoft has published a post where they are moving their internal network to an IPV6 only network.

https://ipv6.net/news/microsoft-works-toward-ipv6-only-single-stack-network/

TeamArin at CanWISP
https://teamarin.net/2019/04/02/how-arin-can-help-wireless-internet-service-providers-wisps/