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New MoCA Digital Home Standard Ratified

CNET reports that The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) plans to announced that it has ratified the MoCA MAC/PHY v1.0 standard, which includes a full specification in addition to the certification test plan and procedures for companies wanting to use the specification.

Several companies, including Actiontec, Entropic, Linksys, Mototech, Motorola, Panasonic, 2Wire and Westell, have been awarded MoCA certification. MoCA's certification board in February tested these companies' products at Verizon Labs in Waltham, Mass. The next certification wave is scheduled for sometime in April.

The MoCA stamp of approval means companies can use the MoCA logo and claim standards compliance on their products. Several industry groups have formed to push their flavor of technology for distributing broadband and video throughout the home. MoCA is just one group that promotes the use of coaxial cable installed for cable TV. HomePNA, formerly the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance, also promotes the use of existing coaxial cable, as well as copper phone lines, to carry data through the home.

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