Synacor Inc.’s Cloud ID now features Social Login, an industry first it says gives Synacor customers the flexibility to offer consumers access to online pay-TV content with their social accounts like Facebook, Twitter or Google while simultaneously authorizing with their pay-TV providers or billing accounts…Smart-home RF semiconductor maker GreenPeak Technologies unveiled its GP710, a dual-protocol ZigBee communications controller with simultaneous support for ZigBee RF4CE and ZigBee IP/ZigBee PRO protocols. The communication controller targets set-top boxes, gateways and Smart Home controllers, and it supports such ZigBee RF4CE apps as remote controls as well as ZigBee IP or ZigBee PRO Smart Home apps like security, home care and energy management…The Zenverge ZN200 quad HD content networking SOC now powers the TiVo Stream, a transcoding platform that connects TiVo Premiere multiroom digital video recorders (DVRs) with other IP-connected devices…Santec, a designer/manufacturer of tunable lasers, optical instruments, OCT products and fiber-optic components, says its Wavelength Selective Switches, based on Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) technology supports ITU-T 50 GHz fixed grid 96 channels and flexible grid (gridless) standards in a 6.25 GHz increment and 12.5 GHz frequency slice for single-slot, line-card integration…Wireless mesh maker Firetide Inc. released its second-generation Firetide Mobility Controller 2000 (FMC 2000) that helps public transportation and public-safety agencies to deploy a wireless infrastructure for live video surveillance, Wi-Fi and data applications on trains, subways, buses, and first-responder and security vehicles traveling as fast as 90 mph…Mindspeed Technologies Inc. extended its burst-mode TIA family for optical line termination (OLT) equipment with a 1.25 Gbps TIA targeting GPON applications and a 2.5 Gbps TIA for next-gen XG-PON1 applications…The IEEE just gave the nod to the IEEE 802.3-2012 “Standard for Ethernet” that defines wired connectivity for Ethernet local area, access and metropolitan area networks around the world. IEEE 802.3 defines the physical (PHY) and media access control (MAC) layers of Ethernet transmission across wired connections of multiple media. The update includes various technical updates and enhancements, and it consolidates several amendments to the base standard that were approved since IEEE 802.3’s last full revision in 2008…KeyQuick mechanical splice and field-installable connectors from Brand-Rex in the U.K. features a transparent body with refractive properties that help ensure accuracy by acting as a visual fault detector. A red light becomes visible within the splice body when fibers are misaligned, but then disappears when a good connection is made. This design also means that no additional tools are required to verify the connection…The newest version of Incognito Software’s Service Activation Center allows service providers to critical subscriber data using both Internet Protocol Detail Record (IPDR) and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). It then correlates this information with other service-activation data, including subscriber, device, and geographic location, to create a holistic and subscriber-aware view of the network. This data can then be exported to CSV, XLS, PDF or HTML files and used by various departments to help plan marketing incentives, product upgrades and network changes.

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Rep Angie Craig (D-MN) introduced legislation Thursday that would provide consumers with transparent information on broadband services available in their area. The Broadband Consumer Transparency Act of 2021

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