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News of Note — After Irene

The hurricane has passed most states with minimal damage to most areas of the major cities, but some rural areas were hit hard. In Virginia, up to 2.5 million people were without power at one point. An overview of the damage can be read here. Any area with power supplied on above-ground cables might have lost power — and that’s mostly rural areas.

News of Note — Ubiquiti’s Upcoming IPO

Ubiquiti is one of 15 tech companies that have filed for an IPO recently. Ubiquiti’s IPO is making some commentators bullish on the fixed wireless industry and others are saying that it’s a good sign for equipment makers. On Ubiquiti’s lists, Matt noted that SEC rules forbid him from talking about it.

CEO of Cloud Provider Voxel Describes Fundamental Changes in XSP Business

The change is convergence. It is IT doesn’t matter. The Managed Service Providers, Value Added Integrators, and Internet Service Providers are all acquiring software development skills as the business moves from hardware to software, says Raul Martynek, CEO and president of New York-based Voxel. Martynek has been in charge of Voxel since Janaury. Before that, he ran a CLEC called InfoHighway Communications that was acquired by Broadview.

News of Note — Rural Cellular Fails the Latency Test

Matt Larsen says that cellular broadband is useless in Nebraska as long as it continues to deliver 298 ms of latency. He also posts beautiful photos. In an earlier post, Larsen noted that his area has true broadband competition.

WISPA vendor member RADWIN launched a new 2.5 GHz radio delivering 200 Mbps called the RADWIN 2000 2.5 GHz BRS/EBS solution.

Mikrotik has released ROS V5.5.

Telecom Exchange — CEO Roundtable — Beyond 100 Gbps

At the Telecom Exchange at Cipriani on Wall Street, fiber buyers and sellers met in a market where the highest bandwidth and lowest latency links are bought and sold. Midway through the conference, the leaders of key companies met at an on the record session called the CEO Rountable.

Bruce Kushnick Says WISPs Deserve a Small Business Exemption from Proposed FCC Reporting Rules

Virtually all WISPA members, both ISPs and vendors, are small businesses.

Dennis Burgess Says IPv6 Will Give WISPs a Competitive Advantage

“We’ve been IPv6-enabled for six to eight months,” says Dennis Burgess of WISPA vendor member Link Technologies. Burgess believes that as the large monopolies hesitate to deploy IPv6 routing, smaller, more agile WISPs can benefit by leaping ahead.

For Link Technologies, IPv6 adoption was eased by the fact that it is supported on all Mikrotik routers. “We just flipped a software switch and rebooted our routers in the middle of the night, say at 2 AM, so that our customers would not be affected.”

News of Note — FCC Issues Preliminary VoIP and Broadband Outage Reporting Rules

Steve Coran points out that the FCC is serious about outage reporting requirements for broadband and VoIP. It has posted the schedule for comments on its proposed rulemaking as well as the proposed rules.


News of Note — World IPv6 Day Approaches

Wednesday June 8, 2011, has been designated as World IPv6 Day by the Internet Society. The Society is highlighting Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, and Akamai as key participants. Missing from the list: governments and ISPs. ISPs are being asked to join the event, but there’s little reward for doing so unless you’ve already rolled out IPv6.

News of Note — DragonWave / Clearwire Edition

Sam Churchill says that Clearwire accounted for 80 percent of DragonWave‘s sales last year. When Clearwire arrives in your area, it will come with a massive backhaul.


The NY chapter of the Internet Society held a talk on a plan to surround the U.S. with fiber.

News of Note — FCC NOI Edition

The FCC has asked for comments on its strange Third Way idea — that the FCC can find a middle ground between regulation and deregulation (half-hearted regulation, perhaps).

Report on the Gulf Coast, Part I

After Katrina, WISPA members such as Mac Dearman were heroes, helping those who had fled the disaster area and helping build emergency response infrastructure. Just four years later, the gulf oil spill is a completely different disaster.

Nobody knows what to do.

Fair Bandwidth Management With Butch Evans

I’ve seen a great deal of discussion on the topic on the WISPA lists. It’s a problem that every ISP faces. When everyone’s using the network at the same time, there may not be enough bandwidth for every application.

News of Note — Changes in the ISP Business

The topic of the year is likely to be usage-based pricing. Usage-based pricing will change not only the ISP business but also the internet. Software developers are worried, but I suspect that most ISPs welcome the possiblity of charging for heavy internet use.

News of Note — Usage Based Pricing Edition

Just a few days after a group (not a registered non-profit but apparently donor-funded) posted Matt Larsen’s logo on their Stop The Cap! page in order to complain that he charges $1 per gigabyte for overages, AT&T announced that it will charge $25 per gigabyte to cell phone users who breach their usage cap.