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Two organizations representing landlords in Canada are preparing to appeal a recent CRTC decision. The ruling would give telcos more power to compete against each other for services offered to residents of multi-tenant buildings. Previously, the landlords have limited access to a certain number of carriers, but the ruling says there can be no exclusive carrier access to buildings. The landlords see things differently. “Competitive markets and end-user choice are important in any market, but they should not evolve at the expense of private property rights,” said S. Michael Brooks, executive director of The Canadian Institute of Public and Private Real Estate Companies. The organization was joined in the appeal by the Building Owners and Managers Association Canada.

Vendors come together

Several technology companies announced plans this month to create an open standards relational database of secure file signatures in an effort to provide safer computing for their customers. The initiative – spearheaded by Tripwire Inc., an integrity management company in Portland, Ore.- also includes support from Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp, Sun Microsystems Inc., InstallShield Software Corp. and RSA Security Inc. The six charter members unveiled a proposed common standard -the File Signature Database (FSDB) – to represent known-good-file information of cross-vendor data, said Wyatt Starnes, founder, president and CEO of Tripwire. The group also announced plans for a schema to guide the files and preserve the integrity of the complex data.

Juniper terminates G-series

Juniper Networks earlier this month announced it will stop selling its G-series Cable Modem Terminations Systems (CMTS) products and will instead forge a partnership with former competitor Arris Group. Used by cable network providers, CMTS offerings are used to transfer data between providers and their customers. Chris Bridge, cable segment marketing manager for Juniper in Sunnyvale, Calif. said that Juniper dropped the line in order to increase the company’s ability to provide more effective solutions to cable companies – from being an end-to-end vendor in the cable space to a more supporting role. Sixty-five of Juniper’s employees will be laid off as result of dropping the G-series, and these layoffs will occur mainly at the company’s headquarters and at its office in Paris.