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

 

j2 Podcast:5g hype, more bandwidth, preseem

Hi this is Justin, it’s Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 and this is the ISP news you need to know.  It’s been quite hot in my office so I haven’t been doing many recordings due to fans and such making it noisy in here.  here are some of the things you need to know.

Think 5G is all hype?
The 5G providers are touting how 5G will bridge the digital divide and folks are paying attention.
https://www.digitaltrends.com/web/31-percent-us-households-no-broadband-internet/

Another reason your customers need more bandwidth
Google play store is now selling some Disney movies in 4k.
https://9to5google.com/2019/07/25/google-play-disney-4k/

FCC asks for more c-Band input
The FCC seeks more comments on C-band proposals for flexible use of the 3.7-4.2 GHz Band. Comments on all the further studies are due August 7 to Docket 18-122.   
https://insidetowers.com/cell-tower-news-fcc-asks-for-more-input-on-proposals-to-repurpose-c-band/

Preseem Netflix Video
The folks over at Preseem have a pretty informative video on Netflix.

j2Podcast: Fastest ISPs, new broadband bill, mesh networks

PC Magazines releases the fastest ISPs of 2019
https://www.pcmag.com/article/369142/the-fastest-isps-of-2019

Mikrotik Releases 6.45.1
Mikrotik has released RouterOS 6.45.1 with some security vulnerability fixes. Some of these have been known and fixed before, while others are new fixes.

New York Mesh network expands
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/paj8z8/a-diy-internet-network-has-drastically-expanded-its-coverage-in-nyc
A community-run operation named NYC Mesh

Washington News. New bill includes 5 Billion for broadband
https://www.multichannel.com/news/senators-collins-jones-propose-5-billion-plan-for-rural-broadband-buildout
American Broadband Buildout Act of 2019,’’ proproses $5 billion for a matching funds program that will focus on “unserved” parts of the U.S.

Podcast: Google Stadia, Inside Towers instagram

Internet service provider news for Monday, June 10th, 2019.

Google Stadia is coming and it uses bandwidth
Google Stadia is coming.  For those of you who don’t know Stadia a cloud streaming gaming service by Google.
|https://www.cnet.com/news/google-stadia-streaming-requirements-lack-some-key-internet-connection-details/

https://www.lightreading.com/optical-ip/routing/putting-a-price-on-latency-startup-network-next-aims-to-fix-internet-routing/d/d-id/752055?_mc=RSS_LR_EDT

https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/6/18654632/google-stadia-price-release-date-games-bethesda-ea-doom-ubisoft-e3-2019

Broadband Universal Service becomes a thing in the UK
Im sorry
http://telecoms.com/497791/broadband-universal-service-becomes-a-thing-in-the-uk/

Inside towers on Instagram
Looking for some cool tower photos to pass the time instead of cat videos? Check out Inside Towers on Instagram <link in the blog post>
https://www.instagram.com/inside_towers/

 

 

 

Events
Nanog76 going on this week. https://www.cvent.com/events/nanog-76/event-summary-5456cb3585954c55bdef9fb578fc8d67.aspx

J2 briefing: Zayo acquisition, more wifi6, NTIA changes

Hello, welcome to Monday May 13th 2019, my name is Justin and this is the ISP news you need to know.

Zayo to be Acquired
https://investors.zayo.com/news-and-events/press-releases/press-release-details/2019/Zayo-Announces-Definitive-Agreement-to-be-Acquired-by-Digital-Colony-and-EQT/default.aspx
Zayo to be acquired by Digital Colony Partners and EQT Infrastructure fund for $14.3 Billion in cash.  This continues the trend of telecom companies being bought by equity funds.  This is what it appears at least.

Cnet article on WIFI6
https://www.cnet.com/news/wi-fi-6-and-what-it-means-for-you/#ftag=CAD590a51e
A few weeks I did an article on WIFI6.  CNET has a broader overview for those of you looking to learn more.

5G & Spectrum news
https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/05/10/at-competitors-tech-industry/
At&T continues their wannabe 5G rollout.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/09/ntia_boss_quits/
Two key positions are now vacant at the NTIA. Could this delay CBRS even more?

Indiana ISP meeting is this Thursday May 16th in Indianapolis
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-indiana-isp-meeting-tickets-60311319781

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PodCast: Mum 2019 chat with JJ & Eric

Sat down With JJ Mcgrath and Eric Sooter at the Mikrotik User meeting in Autin for a little “routerside chat” about the WISP industry. #routinglight #routingrf #bendingpackets #podcast