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The October 18, 2009 Issue Provided by System Dynamics Inc.
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Heard on the Net

News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home

Briefly Noted: Updates, Observations and Trends

Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations you might have missed. This month's briefs focus on willingness to pay for 3D TV, and the morphing of the Blu-Ray player.

Why the Smart Grid Matters

If your focus is broadband and communications technology and applications, we give you four reasons why you should know about the SmartGrid. Reason #1 is potential access to some part of $3.6 billion in funding. Learn the others in this article which explains the emerging role of the Smart Grid, why it is relevant to the broadband home, why action is underway now, and what some of its impacts will be.

G.hn Nears Approval -- The Battle Continues

Will wired home networking standards ever converge? Although G.hn seems to be moving forward, the HomePlug and MoCA supporters are drawing closer to one another to aid in their mutual survival. After interviewing the key players on all sides we are impressed with how widely divergent their views of the same developments seem to be. The wildcard is the continuing purchase of the smaller players by larger ones with broader interests.

Wi-Fi Direct--A New Approach to WPAN

The Wi-Fi Alliance is continuing to build on their strength in the market. Their latest announcement, called Wi-Fi Direct, allows Wi-Fi devices to talk to one another directly without the use of access points. With initial support from Apple, Intel, Marvell, Atheros and Ozmo, you can look forward to Wi-Fi Direct devices simplifying your life in the future.

Internet 2.0 Challenges

When we learned that Henning Shulzrinne was giving a talk locally on Internet 2.0 challenges, we jumped at the chance to attend. Henning has co-authored key Internet protocols and published more than 200 journal and conference papers and over 50 Internet RFCs. His focus was on the key challenges being faced today by the Internet, including the impacts of being attached to multiple networks, and how that changes some of our basic assumptions about how things work.

Upcoming Conferences

We are back to the time of year when there are more conferences than time (and money) to go to them all. Our next ones will be Telco TV and the must-attend Consumer Electronics Show.