Posted September 05, 2019 06:01:37If you think you’re up to the task of rebuilding a communication equipment that has been out of service for a while, you might want to do some research.
According to an article in TechCrunch, the FCC recently announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would be issuing a $20 million grant to companies to redesign their existing network equipment.
The grant would be used to retrofit some equipment to provide better internet speeds to users and improve the performance of their old equipment.
It’s a big deal for internet service providers (ISPs) who can’t afford to buy new equipment every year.
They’d be able to sell it off for less than the price they paid for it, and it would provide a little extra cushion for the cost of rebuilding their old network equipment and upgrading the software and hardware on it.”ISPs are a bit like the last generation of phone companies,” says David Lippman, VP of infrastructure solutions at technology firm C3 Group.
“They’ve had their software updated and their networks upgraded, but they haven’t had to upgrade their hardware.”
So why is this a good idea?
The Federal Communications Commissions grant would allow ISPs to upgrade the equipment on their networks and bring it into the 21st century, something they’ve been trying to do for a decade.
“The technology is still very basic,” Lipps says.
“But it’s much more capable than what it was a decade ago.
And it’s really a matter of improving the software.
And that’s really what you’re going to see with this.”
Lippmats first point of contact is Cisco, which has been trying since the early 2000s to build a more modern network for mobile devices.
It took a couple of years, but it finally succeeded, Lippmann says.
And because it was able to do so, Cisco has had a pretty steady lead in the industry for a long time.
“There are a lot of vendors out there,” Lipsons says.
But what about older equipment that can’t be replaced?
That includes old phone equipment, which was out of date when it was manufactured.
Cisco currently offers an open source solution for these older phones, which allows you to use it to upgrade your existing phone.
Make sure your phone is up to date, but make sure you also make sure that you upgrade to a newer phone.
Cisco’s solution is also available for older PCs, but Lippshms advice for new devices is to make sure they’re up-to-date as well.
“If your device is running Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 or newer, you should be able update the software, but you can’t just go get a new phone,” Lizzman says.
You’re going do better to upgrade to the latest software, so you can keep your old phone.
The best way to do this, Lipsmans advice says, is to use a smartphone or tablet that has a USB-C port, as those devices do not have the same problems.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Cisco is also partnering with some of the big players in the tech industry, including Intel, Qualcomm, and Samsung, to make upgrades for their hardware, and those upgrades are already being rolled out.
Lipps recommends making sure you don’t use a phone that’s a year old or older.
And for devices that are older, you can still use some of Cisco’s free upgrades, but those devices can’t run Windows 10.
If you do decide to upgrade, you’ll need to do it manually, because Cisco does not support that.
“The goal of this grant is to support and support this industry in providing innovative services to consumers,” says a Cisco spokesperson in a statement.
“This grant is intended to enable Cisco to support these innovation efforts, to enable our customers to upgrade equipment at their convenience and to enable them to maintain their network and ensure the reliability of their systems.”
So if you do end up with a phone or tablet with an outdated software, you don,ll have to buy a new one.
Thats fine if you’re a Verizon customer, but there are some other options.
If your old device has a contract with Verizon, you could try getting a new contract.
If you’re using an old phone, Lizzmans advice is to keep it up to age and software, and to do the same for your computer.
“It’s good to have an old device that’s still working,” Lissmans says.