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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•Is the “Tier 1 Provider” designation outdated in today’s interconnected world?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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j2 Flash Briefing:Grants,768k day, youtube

Flash Briefing for April 22nd, 2019

https://www.telecompetitor.com/usda-reconnect-broadband-funding-program-will-begin-accepting-applications-april-23/

<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
https://www.lightreading.com/video/video-hardware/fcc-cracks-down-on-video-streaming-boxes-/d/d-id/750916?_mc=RSS_LR_EDT

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.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/04/amazon-and-google-settle-feud-bring-youtube-back-to-fire-tv-devices/
Youtube coming back to Amazon devices

https://www.axios.com/discovery-strikes-multi-year-content-deal-youtube-tv-26d01ff0-031f-4c00-b265-cdfd0232f839.html
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.

768K Day
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.
https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-27403

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