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Competisys Corp. today lit up its HomeStream system at the Poppy Meadows development in American Canyon, Calif. The new system, purportedly the first of its kind in the country, provides a Gigabit Ethernet, direct fiber-optic connection into the home. Services to be piped over the full duplex system include IP telephony, video (digital television and other video products including PVR capability, bill preview/pay functionality, Web and e-mail access), and high-speed Internet access.

"We think of traditional broadband service (e.g., cable modem and DSL connections) as a garden hose and HomeStream's broadband service as a fire hose," said Bill Prentice, CEO at Competisys. The system's performance is capable of delivering up to 1 gigabit of capacity directly to the home. That capacity is divided into smaller service channels that essentially create multiple Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) out of 1000 megabits of bandwidth that are dedicated to specific HomeStream services.

Competisys has partnered with a number of companies to deliver the system. Minerva Networks Inc. provides IP multicasting and video-on-demand content. For IP telephony, the company is working with Syndeo Corp. and Nuera Communications. Syndeo is providing a Class 5/local exchange softswitch and the VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) service platform. Nuera is supplying a midlevel gateway. Tying the system together is World Wide Packets, whose solution enables the gigabit Ethernet connection to every subscriber.

HomeStream pricing starts at $10.69 per month, per phone line for basic telephone service. Cable TV basic service (76 channels) is $29.95 per month (110 channels + 37 digital music channels + 41 movie channels is $76.95 per month). High-speed Internet access starts at $79.95 per month for 1 megabit connection.

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