CableLabs has launched its CableB2B program, designed to create specifications for automation of everyday business communications between cable system operators and Internet content providers.
The specifications will cover parts of the business interface between cable operators and providers of services deliverable over the cable plant, through cable modems, advanced set-top boxes and other technologies, CableLabs reports.
The specifications will be developed with a large vendor group, including those from automated provisioning, network management, and billing and customer care, it says.
"CableLabs' goal for the program is to improve our members' ability to tap into the Internet innovation engine as represented by the new services being delivered or proposed by ISPs and ASPs," says CableLabs Senior VP and CTO David Reed in a statement. "Like our go2Broadband initiative, the CableB2B specification aims to provide an industry-wide solution that will offer ISPs and ASPs a uniform mechanism for connecting to cable networks for key business transactions."
CableLabs expects the first specification to be complete in Fall 2001.