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.
•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.
Welcome to issue #7 of Packets Down Range. Turkey Day is almost upon us here in the States. As a result, I am pushing this out a day early. Keep those news reports coming. I will be having a Patreon Edition on Black Friday, mainly focusing on some hand-picked deals related to networking. I also have some items listed on Facebook WISP equipment with free shipping for Patreon supporters.
Data Center News
•How do Data Centers work? When touring part of Flexential’s datacenter campus, called Hillsboro 3, one gets a sense of just how much power, equipment, money and personnel goes into operating Oregon’s growing tech sector.
•Preseem Podcast Episode 3 is out. Anton Kapela and Dave Clelland join us as our first guests to talk about Tarana. They discuss with RF experts theoretical minimums, whether it’s a “Mimosa B11”, and the magic behind it.
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.
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.
•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.
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.
•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.
Let’s Talk broadband event on November 9th, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. Several vendors, folks from WISPA, and others are slated to attend.
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.
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…
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.