Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Tidbits from January 2021

C Spire doing FTHH in Mississippi and now Jasper, AL. [telecomp]

Star Telephone in Louisiana gets its 2nd ReConnect award from USDA. [telecomp]

RDOF winners included many WISPs -- other legacy winners do not believe that these providers will be able to meet the speeds and deployment requirements.

SonicWall falls foul of zero-day vulnerability hack on own VPNs [source]

AudioCodes joins up with Twilio to offer direct routing to MS Teams. That is a crowded market - direct routing to Teams. And basically it is just dial-tone (SIP trunks) without advanced features. Not sticky. The keep is to add Value to that with IVR or voicemail or something. Business SMS - currently being touted by all Cisco powered providers - is something you can get in MS Teams with DR via SIP trunks or CPaaS. Reminder: Microsoft now offers CPaaS!

94 ISPs added wired broadband plans costing $60 per month or less during the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a new broadband price report from BroadbandNow.

Oak Hill Investment invests in CT ISP to accelerate FTTH deployment in Penn, CT and Northeast. [CV source] private capital is all over the FTTX space; UCaaS, cloud contact center and the MSP space. Monthly recurring revenue and some level of stickiness.

Bill Gates on life after the pandemic and Doug points out how this will affect ISPs [Pots and Pans]

Small business help from Intuit. Intuit has updated Intuit Aid Assist (IAA), a free website with two interactive tools to help eligible small business owners and the self-employed assess their eligibility for federal relief and related tax credits from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The second round of PPP loans is upon us.

ISPs still suing California over Net Neutrality {ARS}

Friday, September 25, 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness

FYI... from my SBA bank on PPP Loan Forgiveness. (I have not been invited to apply for Forgiveness yet).

To give yourself a head start to the forgiveness process, these are the required documents:

  • Payroll Report and Confirmation of Payments made for the Covered Period and Reference Period
  • Lease Agreement and Rent Receipts for the Covered Period
  • Utility Invoices and Paid Receipts for the Covered Period 
  • Mortgage Agreement and Mortgage Interest Statements for the Covered Period 
  • Bank Statements Covering the Covered Period 
  • 2019 Filed Business Tax Return 
  • Other Related Expenses for the Covered Period 
 Your forgiveness application is not due until 10 months after the end of the Covered Period you select (either 8 weeks or 24 weeks from initial loan disbursement). You can submit your forgiveness application and supporting documentation in our Forgiveness Portal. 

Employers: If you applied for your PPP loan with a Form 940, 941, 944, or W-2., You may be eligible for full forgiveness if: 

  • The entire loan is used for qualifying costs: 
  • At least 60% is used for payroll 
  • And the rest is used for business rent, business utilities, or mortgage interest on a business property 
  • You either do not lay off employees or if you do, rehire them by December 31, 2020. 
  • For your employees who make less than $100,000 a year, you either do not cut their wages by more than 25% or if you do, you restore their original wages by December 31, 2020. 
  • Note: If you received an EIDL Advance, the amount of that EIDL Advance will be deducted from your total forgiveness amount.

Monday, August 10, 2020

50 Ideas in 50 Minutes

Google just announced that Google Play Music will shut down. While downloading the music from there, I came across a bunch of my old webinar recordings.

50 Ideas in 50 Minutes was my start in speaking at conferences in 2006. The list of ideas is on Marketing Idea Guy.  My slides from ISPCON Fall 2008 are HERE.

What is funny reading all the blog posts on Marketing Idea Guy is the topics are still relevant - and I started writing there in 2006 (80 pages of blog posts!).  I also was a blogger for Phone+ for a year (2007), then on TMC from 2008 till 2017. Besides this Blogger blog, I also have MarketingIdeaGuy and channelplaybook.com. This one is the one most relevant to ISP or NSP. 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

How to Help Your Clients


I know things are crazy right now. I hope you are safe. They are crazy for your customers too. But they need tech to help them through this - and you are the tech expert! Do you want to help your clients?

Are you helping them with WFH (work from home)?

Are you offering endpoint security since phishing and malware attacks are up?

Are you offering backup in case of ransomware?

Are you offering video surveillance since their stores, offices, warehouse, supplies are empty and unoccupied?

Can you offer ways to make the office or workplace COVID19 friendly like with Ring or other video doorbell, speaker boxes, remote door locks, etc?

Did you ask them if they have any servers in the office? Move them to the cloud or colo.

Do they have paper files at the office that no one can access now? That is a document management project!

Selling these things is not taking advantage – it is looking out for…

A good conversation about all this stuff can be listened to HERE!

Friday, April 03, 2020

SBA 7(a) Loan info (PPP)

Gathered some info for SBA loans. Your mileage may vary.

UPDATED o 4/23/2020:

new PPP funds may be coming. Community Banks were the best bet. Go open an account TODAY!!!!

Oklahoma State Bank is accepting non-customers nationally
Contact: Jim Canton Email: JCanton@osbbank.com

Harvest is accepting non-customers nationally; Minimum loan amount of $20,000 (minimum annual payroll or 1099 of $96,000)

UPDATED:

CFO group that can help with your data for applications: CFO Alliance

FINTECH firms are pitching in.

Divvy is helping small businesses with PPP loan apps HERE.

Kabbage is helping with PPP HERE.

Intuit and Square may be able to help with PPP - see channele2e. SQUARE link. Intuit link.

Loan alternatives from channele2e.



******SIDE NOTE ********
My bank is WF. They originally said they were full. Then they sent me an email to pre-apply. Then a few days later (yesterday) to apply. So I did. Archaic site that shunts you over to Docusign. But submitted. I also submitted at Kabbage and a Tampa community bank. There has never been a more important time to have a regional bank in your corner!!! Go open an account with $1000!

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Salesforce has small business grants HERE

Cisco Capital is offering $2.5B in financing. HERE

COVID-19 resources from Cloud Comm Alliance HERE

Original post:

The CARE Act of 2020 included Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Which banks are ready (as of 4/2/2020) HERE and THERE.

The application form is here on the PPP site.

Types of 7(a) loans by SBA (and info on the collateral and terms). You have to apply with an approved lender. Ask your business banker!

SBA 7(a) Working Capital or Debt Consolidation Loans from $30,000 to $350,000 from Smartbiz includes fees, eligibility and rates. Generally speaking, SBA loan credit score minimums typically fall somewhere around 620-640+.

What do you need to apply for an SBA loan? see the list here

Guide to apply for SBA loans.

PE firm has some info about the PPP loans as well as a calculator HERE.

Channele2e is updating info on PPP HERE.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Some Helpful Reading During COVID-19

One NJ ISP's response to the COVID-19 situation: Planet.net

Some info on SBA Small Business Loans via channele2e

Some scientific links on COVID19 including dashboards and blogs from experts.

Are you offering a Remote Work Toolkit? C Spire is.

Are you helping people work from home with tips, tools and maybe even a Q&A Hotline?

Are you letting your community know that you can help them with distance learning, remote work, etc.?

What the Newly Passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means for You... INC Magazine



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The New Universal Service Fund for Rural Broadband

The Connect America Fund (CAF) is part of USF. There was CAF I & II. Now the FCC is calling the new 10 year fund RDOF. Learn about it HERE.

The FCC has authorized full commercial deployment in the CBRS band, thereby opening the band for use in mobile and fixed wireless networks, including private networks that will offer an alternative to enterprise Wi-Fi. CBRS is 3550 and 3700 MHz – or 3.5 GHz to 3.7 GHz

CommScope, Federated Wireless, Google, and Sony have been designated Spectrum Access System administrators in the 3.55-3.7Ghz band.

The biggest CAF II winner was a WISP in Texas called Nextlink. They have been doing joint ventures (JVs) in order to grow the business (and meet the CAF II deployment milestones).

Nextlink joined the DISH Alliance Group in order to (1) offer video; (2) get marketing help for its broadband. Read more HERE


A decade of telecom stats by Doug.