The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) formally adopted SCTE 184 and SCTE 186, the first two standards for energy management in the cable industry. SCTE 184 establishes recommended practices for energy management, while SCTE 186 defines common environmental and sustainability requirements for equipment within those facilities. Operators, vendors and other parties can download a free copy of SCTE 186 here. SCTE 184 can be purchased in the SCTE Bookstore here…Launched less than a year ago, the Consortium for Smart Energy Profile 2 Interoperability has reached formal incorporation, backed by founding members HomePlug Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance and ZigBee Alliance. Notes Chairman Edgar Figueroa, "CSEP incorporation is an important step toward establishing the Consortium as the recognized creator of the SEP 2 test plans and tools required to ensure interoperability across multiple communications technologies." The Smart Energy 2.0 Working Group expects to complete the SEP 2 Application Specification, selected in 2009 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a standard for home energy management devices, during the fourth quarter…AT&T expanded the video features and on-demand meeting capabilities of its AT&T Telepresence Solution by adding easier ways to dial in, virtual meeting rooms that don’t require reservations. Customers can join meetings via the Internet from desktop/laptop and select mobile devices using the Cisco Jabber Video for TelePresence; Polycom RealPresence Mobile; LifeSize ClearSea from Logitech; and other standards-based video clients using Wi-Fi hot spots, 3G, 4G/LTE wireless connections…Summit Infrastructure Group LLC, a Va.-based custom network solutions and bandwidth infrastructure provider, formally opened its doors today, specializing in dark fiber infrastructure…IEEE just published two IEEE 802.11 amendment standards: IEEE 802.11aa-2012 supports more robust audio and video streaming for IEEE 802.11 applications, and IEEE 802.11ae-2012 improves network performance by prioritizing management frames sent on an IEEE 802.11 wireless link. Both are available for purchase here…The vCapture service from Miami-based Vera Networks enables VoIP providers to locate and help resolve call issues. The cloud-based service is a SIP capture solution capable of storing “massive amounts” of SIP signaling data, which then allows for retrieval of actual call information long after an event occurred, the company claims.

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C-band Auction Concludes

The C-band auction officially came to a close Friday after 97 rounds of bidding that grossed just under $81bln, cementing its place as the highest-grossing spectrum auction held in the US. FCC chairman Ajit

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