ISC Launches Open Home Gateway Forum

Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:00am EDT

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  ORLANDO, FL, Mar 12 (Marketwire) -- 
Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is delighted to announce the launch of
the Open Home Gateway Forum with an initial grant from Comcast. The OHGF
is a Forum of ISPs and vendors and Internet development organizations,
initiated and spearheaded by ISC, that aims to improve the rollout of new
Internet technologies to home networks by providing stable,
quality-assured reference Open Source software to be used in home
gateways. Home gateways are the means by which a residential customer
connects to an Internet service provider.

    ISC has nearly two decades of experience in open source software
development and the processes that surround it, including not just
development, but release management, testing, bug management and support.
ISC's initial plans for home gateway software development include better
support for IPv6, a smooth and secure mechanism to update the gateway's
firmware, and achieving better throughput and stability. Gateways are now
first-class devices in the home, and they should have the software
quality and functionality that people have come to expect from a
first-class device. 

    "The edge device in homes is growing in function and importance," said
Kannan Ayyar, president of Internet Systems Consortium. "It must meet the
needs of the consumer as well as the service provider. A home gateway
needs to offer security, choice, speed, and flexibility. We are confident
that the new devices enabled by the work of the Open Home Gateway Forum
will be of tremendous value to Internet service customers as well as to
their service providers." 

    "Comcast is pleased that the Open Home Gateway Forum is one of the first
programs underwritten with the new Comcast Technology Research &
Development Fund," said Jason Livingood, Vice President of Internet and
Communications Engineering at Comcast. "We think this sort of open source
development can make a meaningful difference in home networks and we're
committed to doing what we can to make the Forum a success."

    Further information about ISC's Open Home Gateway project can be found at
http://openhomegateway.org/

    About ISC

    Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation
widely known for world-class Internet software engineering and network
operations. Founded in 1994 under an initial grant from UUNET, ISC is
governed today by a 5-member Board of Directors. ISC software, of which
BIND and ISC DHCP are the two best-known examples, is open source. Our
passion is Internet core technology. Our widely-imitated Managed Open
Source process ensures the quality of our software while keeping it
completely open and available. ISC operates high-reliability global
networks of DNS root servers (F-root) and authoritative DNS servers both
for non-profit and commercial enterprises. ISC is actively involved in
Internet protocol and standards development, particularly in the areas of
DNSSEC and IPv6. ISC is supported by donations from generous sponsors, by
program membership fees, and by increasing revenues from for-profit
subsidiaries. For further information, please visit http://www.isc.org.

    About Comcast Corporation

    Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) (NASDAQ: CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is
one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and
communication products and services. With 23.8 million cable customers,
15.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.4 million Comcast
Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the
development, management and operation of cable systems and in the
delivery of programming content.

    Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment
Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV
One, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast
Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet
businesses, including Comcast.net

    

Media Contact:
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