Word from Steve
Once again, the Standards Bulletin features lots of progress in
standards development and further insight on the legal issues facing standardization.
Id like to particularly note the work of the Construction and Maintenance
Subcommittee (CMS) under Fred Wilkenloh. This group has reconstituted
itself over the last 18 months, and you can read here about its newly
available coax construction manual and the beginning of its revisions
to the industrys guide to graphic symbols. CMS is also close on
a standard for environmental parameters. Keep up the good work!
The SCTE Standards Program now has 118 members with the addition of:
Pangrac & Associates
Construction Manual Available
Recommended Practices for Coaxial Cable Construction and Testing (Second
Edition), a product of the Construction and Maintenance Subcommittee,
is now available through the SCTE Bookstore at www.scte.org.
the Subcommittee Chairs
With Dave Fellows, DSS in Experienced Hands
The Data Standards Committee (DSS) is responsible for the highly publicized
DOCSIS standards for cable modems and IPCablecom for services such
as Internet telephony. Dave Fellows, the chair of DSS, is currently chief
technology officer (CTO) of AT&T Broadband. He was recently appointed
CTO for AT&T Comcast, effective upon completion of the merger. In
this position, he will be responsible for all aspects of the companys
technical operations. Dave is also chair of the CableLabs®
DOCSIS Certification Board.
Before joining AT&T Broadband, Dave was a principal in Pilot House
Ventures, where he maintained relationships between investors and entrepreneurs,
providing companies with strategic advice and industry-specific knowledge
In addition, Dave served as the interim chief technology officer for Roadrunner,
the high-speed data joint venture formed originally by Time Warner and
MediaOne Group. He also served previously as chief technology officer
for U S WEST Media Group and as senior vice president of engineering and
technology for both MediaOne and its predecessor company, Continental
He also served Scientific-Atlanta as president of the transmission systems
business division, and Siemens Transmission Systems as vice president
Dave graduated from Harvard College with a bachelors degree in engineering
and applied physics. He earned his masters degree in engineering
from Northeastern University and completed post-graduate work at Harvard
In 1996, Dave was named Telephony magazines Fiber Optic Visionary
and CED magazines Man of the Year. In 2002, he received the
Vanguard Award at the National Cable & Telecommunications Associations
(NCTA) annual show.
number of activities are taking place in other standards organizations
that may interest the organizations that are members of SCTEs
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has announced a
program to revise TIA/EIA-570-A, Residential Telecommunications
Standard. This standard addresses homeowner needs associated
with high-speed Internet, home theater, video surveillance, and
other home-networking topics. The SCTE IPS Subcommittee is establishing
a liaison with this group; contact Brian James at 905-655-4073
for more details.
Committee 100, Audio, Video and Multimedia Systems and Equipment,
of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has established
a new technical areaMultimedia Home Server Systemswith
projects on an application program interface for universal disk
format-based file systems and a home server conceptual model.
It is expected the group will be formally constituted at the TC
100 plenary in October. For further details, contact Steve Oksala
at 610-524-1725, ext. 204, or at email@example.com.
JTC 1 (Joint Technical Committee 1, a joint committee of ISO and
IEC) Subcommittee 29 Working Group 11 is the official name for
the group usually referred to as MPEG because they
are responsible for the MPEG standards. In March the group issued
its fourth call for proposals in the suite of standards known
as MPEG-21. This call was for Digital Item Adaption (DIA). DIA,
with a rights data dictionary and a rights expression language,
provides tools to enable the association of permissions for content.
Content protection is the hot topic in MPEG now, and you can learn
more from the SC 29 Web site at http://www.jtc1.org.
U.S. participation in MPEG work is done in INCITS Technical Committee
1 has also initiated new work on Fibre ChannelAudio Video
(FC-AV) map formats defined by ITU-R BT-601, SMPTE standards,
and MPEG to fibre channel. Additional information is available
from Steve Oksala at 610-524-1725, ext. 204, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panasonic, Image, Sony, Thomson, and Toshiba have announced the
formation of a group to define the next-generation digital
interface specification for consumer electronicsthe
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). Further information
on the group is available at http://www.hdmi.org.
Standardization is becoming increasingly global, and the SCTE Standards
Program is on top of that trend. The Engineering Committee recently established
the Chairmans International Advisory Committee (CIAC) to advise
the Engineering Committee on international matters and standards. The
group is chaired by Tony Werner of Liberty Media.
SCTE subcommittees are also active globally. DSS has submitted CableLabs®
document Metadata Requirements on Cable Networks for Video-on-Demand
and the DOCSIS 2.0 RFI and OSSI specifications to ITU Study Group
9 through the U.S. State Department, and the SCTE Hybrid Management Sub-Layer
Subcommittee (HMS) has voted to send SCTE standards 25-1, 25-2 and 25-3
to TC 100 of IEC through the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for TC 100.
Report on Wireless Security
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed
an initial security guideline examining the benefits and security risks
of 802.11 wireless local area networks, bluetooth ad hoc networks and
handheld devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs). The full
text of the draft, NIST special publication 800-48, Wireless Network
Security: 802.11, Bluetooth, and Handheld Devices, is
available at http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts.html.
Since the last issue of the Standards Bulletin, the SCTE Engineering
Committee has approved the following as SCTE standards:
Outside Plant Status Monitoring MIB
Multicast for Digital MPEG Networks
Information Delivered Out-of-Band for Digital Cable Television
Guidelines for SCTE 35 2001
Method for Velocity of Propagation
Procedure for Noise Figure
24-14, 24-15, 24-16, and 24-17,
IPCablecom Part 14: Primary Line Support;Part 15: Interdomain Quality
of Service; Part 16: Management Event Mechanism; and Part 17:
1.0 Part 2: Baseline Privacy Interface; and Part 3: Operation
Support System Interface
1.1 Part 1: Radio Frequency Interface; and Part 2: Baseline
Privacy Interface Plus
has approved SCTE standards 36, 37, 38-1, 38-2, 38-3, 38-4, 38-5, 38-7,
38-8, 45, 46, 53, 54, 55-1, 55-2 and 65 as American National Standards.
This brings the total as of mid-August 2002 to 82 approved SCTE standards,
64 of which have been approved as ANSI standards.
Working Group on Symbols
A new Graphic Symbols Working Group has been formed in the CMS Subcommittee
to update the 1985 NCTA/SCTE Graphic Symbols for Cable Television
document. This new document will provide standard symbols for devices
commonly used in cable telecommunications installations. The working group
held its initial meeting during SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2002 under the leadership
of Sally Kinsman of Motorola, a member of the SCTE Board of Directors.
This meeting was standing room only as 33 representatives from 21 companies
attended. The group held a follow-up meeting in Denver in July, and is
well on its way to producing a new SCTE standard.
and the Law
Two significant actions have taken place since the last issue of the Bulletin
that have an impact on all standards development.
On the antitrust front, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged
Rambus, Inc. with violating federal antitrust laws by deliberately
engaging in a pattern of anticompetitive acts and practices that served
to deceive an industry-wide standard-setting organization, resulting in
adverse effects on competition and consumers. Rambus is alleged
to have knowingly failed to notify the JEDEC organization that it had
patents essential to the implementation of a JEDEC standard. Further details
are in the FTCs press release from June 19, available from its Web
site at http://www.ftc.gov. (JEDEC
is formerly known as the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council.)
The other action came from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
in the case of Veek vs. Southern Building Code Congress International
(SBCCI). In the ruling (available from the SCTE staff) the court decided
that when a standard is incorporated into law, the standards developer
loses his copyright protectioneven though the developer had nothing
to do with that incorporation. The legal principle is that the law
must be freely available to those to whom it applies. SBCCI develops model
building codes; when a municipality in Texas adopted one, a town resident
bought a copy from SBCCI and posted it on his Web site. SBCCI, which gets
a substantial portion of its revenue from the sale of its codes, brought
suit; they won at the lower court, but lost in the appeal. There was strong
dissent from a number of the appeals court judges, however, and it is
likely that this will go to the U.S. Supreme Court. If the ruling stands,
it will have a significant effect on standards developers since any governmental
entity can simply take the rights to a standard by adopting it into law.
The European Union Council has adopted a series of directives (European-level
law) that addresses the implementation of telecommunications systems.
The series includes a common framework for networks and services. These
include requirements for digital television; authorization of networks
and services; access to networks and associated facilities; regulatory
framework for radio spectrum policy; universal service; processing personal
data and the protection of privacy; and the implementation of a top level
domain for .eu. Dot eu is used like dot
com and is used for the whole of the European Union. Copies are
available upon request to email@example.com.
following information outlines our standards development structure; for
the most up-to-date meeting schedule information, visit
the Standards section of the Web site at www.scte.org.
of the SCTE Standards Program
Pike (Classic Cable)
Applications Platform Subcommittee (CAP)
for applications platform development
and Maintenance Subcommittee (CMS)
for the basic construction and design of cable television systems,
upgrades and rebuilds
Standards Subcommittee (DSS)
for data services delivery
Fellows (AT&T Broadband)
Video Subcommittee (DVS)
for digital video signal delivery
Paul Hearty (Hearty Technology Consultants)
Alert Systems Subcommittee (EAS)
television's participation in the EAS program
Management Sub-Layer Subcommittee (HMS)
suites for management systems involving hybrid fiber/coax networks
Nguyen (AOL Time Warner)
Practices and In-Home Cabling Subcommittee
for the cables, connectors, and housings used in broadband
James (B&W Engineering)
140 Philips Road, Exton, PA 19341-1318
P. Oksala, vice president, standards
610-524-1725, ext. 204; firstname.lastname@example.org
Woo, Ph.D., P.E., director of standards
610-524-1725, ext. 228; email@example.com
Fenton, standards administrator
610-542-1725, ext. 244; firstname.lastname@example.org
Burckhardt, administrative assistant
610-524-1725, ext. 211; email@example.com
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