Flash Briefing for April 22nd, 2019
<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
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.
Youtube coming back to Amazon devices
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.
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.
Indiana ISP meeting is May 16th