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First Products Achieve Broadband Forum G-PON ONU Certification.

First certified G-PON products from 7 vendors were announced at ITU Telecom World in Geneva, marking milestone in expanding deployment of high-speed fiber broadband to ensure support of multi-play, bandwidth-hungry services/devices. Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh called this compliance certification program the bedrock on which to expedite interoperability and fiber market penetration" and...

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NIST Requests Comments on 2 wireless security guides.

NIST has issued, for public review and comment, 2 draft guides to securing wireless Bluetooth communication networks and WLANs. NIST SP 800-121 Rev 1 describes security capabilities of technologies based on Bluetooth and gives recommendations to organizations on securing their devices effectively. Guidelines for Securing WLANs (SP 800-153) provides organizations with recommendations for improving...

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NIST releases update to Smart Grid framework.

Released for public comment, NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Release 2.0 includes new cybersecurity guidance and product testing proposals. Release 2.0 also adds 22 standards, specifications, and guidelines to the 75 NIST recommended as immediately applicable to Smart Grid in first roadmap. Also new to 2.0 version is a chapter on roles of Smart Grid...

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Manufacturers say delay on Keystone XL will hurt job growth.

Chip Yost, NAM VP for Energy and Resources Policy, issued statement urging Administration to move forward on decision to approve Keystone XL Pipeline Project. According to Yost, report that Administration may not move forward until early next year is disappointing. Project will immediately create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs in U.S., and, according to Perryman Report, it will create...

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Manufacturers support plan to reform international tax system.

Dorothy Coleman, NAM VP for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, issued statement in response to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp's release of draft proposal to set up territorial tax system. Reducing taxation on foreign income of U.S.-based businesses is a building block of NAM blueprint for creating dynamic environment that supports job creation and economic growth in America. NAM...

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EMS Industry Study forecasts growth and reveals trends.

According to 2010-2011 Analysis and Forecast for the EMS Industry, electronics manufacturing services market is projected to grow 14.8% globally and 10.2% in North America this year. Study reveals reduction in spending on automated assembly equipment this year compared to 2010, but increase in capital equipment spending overall in North America. Study also examines trends in market size, sources...

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EPA, NREL Aim to Develop renewable energy on contaminated sites.

U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are evaluating feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites. As part of RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, EPA is investing ~$1 million for projects across U.S. with aim of revitalizing abandoned sites while protecting people's health and...

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Project Engineer Profile reveals importance of customer focus.

The MHEDA Journal Online's 4th Quarter issue profiles Calvin Baker, senior project engineer at Hy-Tek Material Handling, who works with Hy-Tek's sales team to design engineered system solutions for customers. Baker, who has worked with engineered systems for 30 years and at Hy-Tek for 8, has seen trade tools change, but basic skill set has remained the same. According to Baker, organization and...

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EPA announces final study plan to assess hydraulic fracturing.

At the request of Congress, EPA is working to better understand potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. In March 2010, EPA announced its intention to conduct a study and since then, agency has held series of public meetings across nation to receive input from states, industry, environmental and public health groups, and individual citizens. Initial research results...

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BIO Praises Passage of Small Company Capital Formation Act.

BIO strongly supports Small Company Capital Formation Act (HR 1070), which passed House by vote of 421-1. In his statement, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said HR 1070 will help ease the burden on cash-strapped small biotechnology companies...by streamlining requirements and supporting their efforts in raising much-needed capital." Greenwood also thanked Rep David Schweikert (R-AZ) for his...

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