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Comment: Re:I don't see what the Telcos have to do... (Score 1) 74

by Shatrat (#48601411) Attached to: Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

Except that everyone is not doing this. The data collected by the big routers and voice switches can still be very incriminating to someone of a criminal or political, but I repeat myself, inclination. All of these capabilities are built into the hardware because the US government and other governments around the world requires it as part of 'lawful intercept' regulations.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 107

by Shatrat (#48459523) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

I've never seen that. WAN links typically all aggregate back to the BOE/DOE headquarters in the county, or a large high school, and then there is an IP service that is also leased. The WAN links are generally 1GE or 10GE and the IP service then is provided to that location as a separate product and circuit and usually is 'right sized' to be anywhere from 250 mbps to 2-3gbps depending on the size of the county. Usually that IP service is still overkill. I'm not saying that based on "Oh that looks like way too much for a school" but "Wow these guys are peaking at 4% max utilization on that link" ellipsis ellipsis ellipsis

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 2) 107

by Shatrat (#48418939) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

This doesn't jive with my experience. K-12 schools can get federal funding for IP connectivity and in my experience they generally end up with way more than they need. I've seen bus garages with Gigabit connections and elementary schools with 10Gigabit. That's enough bandwidth to aggregate thousands of broadband customers. Maybe qualifying for that funding is a pain or has limitations that some schools don't qualify for, but there's definitely a LOT of money spent every year subsidizing new fiber for schools.

Comment: Re:The Old is New again (Score 1) 150

You'd be surprised at how many of these we are still using, especially in the far north or the desert areas where it is both flat and sparsely populated.
Most of those old legacy microwaves only go up to a DS3 though, which is 28 T1s or about 45 mpbs of encapsulated Ethernet traffic.
Now there is a new generation of microwave gear going in for Wireless ISPs and cellular backhaul. A lot of it already goes up to a gigabit I believe. I'm a fiber guy though so I don't know too much about them.

Comment: Re:Why would I use it? (Score 3, Informative) 631

by Shatrat (#48252243) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

You understand why you get cash back though right? You get cash back because Visa/MC are charging so much extra they can afford kickbacks to the user.
By the same logic, CurrentC would be able to afford the same sort of rewards programs to get you to NOT use Visa/MC. Just because they haven't announced this doesn't mean they're not going to do it. If anything, I would expect more lucrative rewards programs because they're cutting out that middleman entirely.

Comment: Re:WTF, the antarctic gets FO before me? (Score 1) 92

by Shatrat (#48203823) Attached to: Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

They are using technology developed for fiber optic communications. I expect the fiber they are using is standard single-mode G.652 fiber, and the device they are using to measure is an OTDR, which we use in telecom to measure fiber quality and locate defects/breaks.

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