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To: Elroy Jetson who wrote (46787)3/20/2020 2:35:34 PM
From: elmatador
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Our Internet Isn’t Ready for Coronavirus
Many people are having to work and learn from home. Residential broadband networks might not be able to keep up.

By Josephine Wolff
Dr. Wolff is an assistant professor at Tufts University and a contributing opinion writer.
March 17, 2020

The morning after my university announced classes would be moved online because of the coronavirus, the power went out on campus. It was restored just a few hours later, but the outage was a stark reminder of how dependent we are on our electrical and online infrastructure as more and more of us are moving to remote learning and work.

Just as our public health system appears unable to cope with the spread of the coronavirus, our residential broadband, video conferencing platforms and VPNs are about to face unprecedented strain. That strain will have serious consequences, not just for the performance of our broadband networks but also for student access to education and the security of corporate data and networks.

Many organizations, including my own, are counting on video conferencing tools to replace in-person interactions. Companies concerned about proprietary business information will also be relying on virtual private networks to protect their employees’ remote work activities, meaning that VPN servers will bear a significant increase in traffic. And all of us working or learning from home will have to rely on residential broadband networks to provide access to these tools and services.

The United States is in much better shape to handle this increased online activity than other countries. In 2011, the Federal Communications Commission began collecting extensive data on the performance of residential broadband networks and found that most service providers are generally providing customers with the speeds they advertise. Reassuringly, most service providers that the F.C.C. tracked do not see a huge falloff in performance during peak hours, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., when online traffic typically increases to its highest volumes in residential areas.

But these results don’t take into account the performance effects of relying on wireless networks (the F.C.C. data is collected directly from wired, physical residential connections) or channeling traffic through corporate VPNs. And we don’t yet know how the volume of internet traffic generated by so many people working from home will compare with the traffic typically seen during the evening, when people are at home streaming movies or browsing social media.

The performance issues might be worse in rural areas, where internet service is already less reliable than it is in big cities. Roughly three million children in the United States do not have internet access at home, which means that schools in poor, rural areas may face much greater obstacles trying to provide remote learning to students than those in urban or more affluent areas.

For colleges and universities (like my own) that are planning to offer remote instruction to thousands of students all over the country and the world, the issue will not just be how reliable internet service around campus is, but also whether our students, spread out across the globe, will have access to sufficient bandwidth to participate in video-streamed classes without constant interruptions and delays.

On top of performance concerns, there are also new online security issues, including phishing campaigns that appear to come from the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with malicious attachments purporting to contain important information about the spread of the coronavirus.

More generally, the increase in remote work may create new opportunities for hackers to infiltrate corporate networks, especially since the growing number of remote connections will make it harder for companies to detect those intrusions when they occur. And organizations that do not have remote work processes in place may find themselves rushing to adapt and failing to take important security precautions to protect the confidentiality of their remote interactions.

Unfortunately, improving the quality and availability of broadband isn’t something that can be done overnight. In the long term, in order for working from home to be a viable emergency response to situations like these, we will need to invest more heavily in residential broadband than we previously thought necessary.

In the short term, we need to rethink how technology can best be used to support remote work and education efforts. This could mean relying less on the potential of video conferencing technologies to recreate in-person classrooms and meetings, and instead exploring how lower-bandwidth, asynchronous technologies — such as message boards, emails and recorded lectures — can be used more effectively. The future of working from home may be more low-tech than we imagined.

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To: elmatador who wrote (46788)3/20/2020 2:54:25 PM
From: Elroy Jetson
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Our broadband speed in Los Angeles seems unaffected, even though everyone is working from home today.

Our package guarantees 400 /20


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To: Elroy Jetson who wrote (46789)3/20/2020 3:54:59 PM
From: aladin
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Elroy,

That only measures speed to their PoP. Most of the issues come from how people connect.

Companies setup their DMZ's with Tier 1 or low cost bulk providers - AT&T, Verizon, Century Link, Cogent , GTI etc. But the employees are on MSO's like Cox, Spectrum, Comcast, Fios etc.

The cross connects are flooded by Amazon, Netflix etc. So a lot of chatter on NANOG is about VPN's not working well.

The solution proposed is more cross connects, but these don't generate revenue for the IXC.

The real solution is to have firms peer their VPN structure with the MSO's.

John

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From: aladin3/25/2020 10:21:27 AM
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Trump signs broadband mapping law; FCC chief calls for funding to support implementation. From WRAL Techwire....

Looks like a census of broadband availability nationwide.

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From: Elroy Jetson4/1/2020 8:46:02 AM
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US Broadband Holding Up Under WFH Strain, Speedtest Finds - pcmag.com

With much of America and Canada now working and schooling from home, broadband networks are dealing well with the strain, according to new stats from Ookla Speedtest.

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To: Elroy Jetson who wrote (46792)4/1/2020 10:23:04 AM
From: Peter Ecclesine
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Opinion: Why economic data, indicators and forecasts don’t mean much in the corona storm By Pierre Briançon, Published: April 1, 2020 at 7:34 a.m. ET MarketWatch

marketwatch.com

How deep will the world recession be this year? Don’t look at current economic forecasts for any guide. The only certainty is that measures of containment to fight the coronavirus pandemic, with lockdowns and a halt of economic activity in most western countries, will shrink gross domestic product in most of the world. By how much? These days, your guess is as good as mine.

The main reason is that “uncertainty” is no longer one of those potential risks envisioned by economists to caution about their own forecast. Uncertainty isn’t a marginal danger hovering over the economy, as the threats of trade wars or Brexit were when mentioned only a few weeks ago. Uncertainty is now the economy itself. In this context, the only accurate forecast is: “it depends.”

It depends, first, on the length of the lockdowns. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, whose economic studies are among the most reliable, estimated this week that each month of containment costs any given country some 2 percentage points of growth. A three-month lockdown — say, from mid-March to mid-June — would cost 6% of GDP. Europe was expected to grow less than 1.5% this year in the last pre-virus forecasts. If the OECD is right, that means Europe’s economy would shrink this year by about 4.5%.

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To: Peter Ecclesine who wrote (46793)4/1/2020 2:44:04 PM
From: Peter Ecclesine
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fcc.gov

CHAIRMAN PAI PROPOSES NEW RULES FOR THE 6 GHz BAND, UNLEASHING 1,200 MEGAHERTZ FOR UNLICENSED USE

Draft Rules Would Provide a Boost to Wi-Fi and Other Unlicensed Uses

While Protecting Incumbent Services in the Band




WASHINGTON, April 1, 2020—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today circulated draft rules permitting unlicensed devices to operate in the 6 GHz band. The proposed rules would make 1,200 megahertz of spectrum available for unlicensed use. Unlicensed devices would share this spectrum with incumbent licensed services under rules that are crafted to protect those licensed services and to enable both unlicensed and licensed operations to thrive throughout the band. The Chairman’s draft rules will be voted on by the Commission at the FCC’s Open Meeting on April 23.




“From Wi-Fi routers to home appliances, Americans’ everyday use of devices that connect to the Internet over unlicensed spectrum has exploded,” said Chairman Pai. “That trend will only continue. Cisco projects that nearly 60% of global mobile data traffic will be off-loaded to Wi-Fi by 2022. To accommodate that increase in Wi-Fi demand, the FCC is aiming to increase the supply of Wi-Fi spectrum with our boldest initiative yet: making the entire 6 GHz band available for unlicensed use. By doing this, we would effectively increase the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi almost by a factor of five. This would be a huge benefit to consumers and innovators across the nation. It would be another step toward increasing the capacity of our country’s networks. And it would help advance even further our leadership in next generation wireless technologies, including 5G.”




If adopted, the draft Report and Order would authorize two different types of unlicensed operations: standard-power in 850-megahertz of the band and indoor low-power operations over the full 1,200-megahertz available in the 6 GHz band. An automated frequency coordination system would prevent standard power access points from operating where they could cause interference to incumbent services.




A Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to permit very low-power devices to operate across the 6 GHz band, to support high data rate applications including high-performance, wearable, augmented-reality and virtual-reality devices. Specifically, the Further Notice would seek comment on making a contiguous 1,200-megahertz block of spectrum available for the development of new and innovative high-speed, short-range devices and on power levels and other technical and operational measures to avoid causing interference to incumbent services.


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To: Peter Ecclesine who wrote (46794)4/25/2020 7:55:56 AM
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The FCC voted 5-0 to approve 1200 MHz for unlicensed uses
docs.fcc.gov

para 203-206 dismiss requests to license to cellular
para 207-215 reject mobile use for now - retaining a lever in the 5.9 GHz proceeding ;-)
para 216-218 discuss RigNet, order prohibits 6 GHz use on oil platforms
para 219-222 reject giving UWB devices new regulatory standing
para 223-226 reject Qualcomm's synchronous operation proposal
para 227-228 decline to require digital identifying information

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From: Peter Ecclesine5/19/2020 7:35:04 AM
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Sad News

I read today on the Gordon Cook list

1a. Re: Frank Coluccio passed away last week
From: Grahame Lynch
Date: Tue, 19 May 2020 00:35:52 EDT
That's very sad news.

When I took over the editor's seat at America's Network in 1999, Frank was a fantastic supporter of ours, regularly quoting our analysis on his Silicon Investor page (if I recall correctly) and kickstarting discussions. The comments he facilitated were tremendously valuable feedback to us at a time when the climate was rather febrile due to the dot com boom.

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To: Peter Ecclesine who wrote (46796)5/19/2020 9:04:11 AM
From: aladin
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Peter,

Could you post the link to the article?

Very sad indeed.

John

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