Windstream Corp. launched a nationwide expansion of its Carrier Switched Ethernet service to provide more cost-effective, multilocation data solutions to their customers in such major markets as New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver and Phoenix. Moving forward, interconnect ports of 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, and 10 Gbps are available, and end-user loops from 3 Mbps to 1 Gbps are supported.

— A new set of multivendor, interoperable communications capabilities for operations and dispatch centers across government and enterprise industries now is available from Cisco. The IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) supports radio interfaces for interoperability, better encryption key management, and customizable interfaces for field dispatchers. In addition, Cisco is working with IP Trade and Etherstack to produce an IP Command Touch Screen Console for the Native P25 on Android clients to support more public-safety devices and endpoints.

Broadcom’s BCM7576, the company’s fifth-generation, HD cable digital-transport adapter (DTA) system-on-a-chip (SoC), now in the sampling stage, includes integrated Full-Band Capture technology. According to the company, the chip enables North American cablecos to provide enhanced basic digital HD services, to reduce operational support costs, and to deliver enhanced user features to compete with IP and OTT providers. The BCM7576 reportedly can deliver as many as four simultaneous programs by digitizing the entire 1 GHz cable spectrum, replacing multiple tuners with a single Full-Band Capture digital tuner. An integrated IP Mini Server converts linear content to IP and streams it with DLNA over a home network while also providing HD video to a connected TV. Also included is enhanced security architecture with Universal HD (uDTA) Security, and CRI-DPA and DTCP-IP support for switchable cardless security for Cisco and Motorola headend networks.

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The FCC Media Bureau is seeking comment on NAB’s petition regarding the treatment of multicast streams under the NexGen TV local simulcasting rules.

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