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Preface

An informal group of companies consisting of: David Sarnoff Research Center, GTE, Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corporation, Bellcore, Reltec, and B&C Consulting came together in early 1995 to develop the Residential Gateway (RG) concept with the goal of cost effectively meeting the needs of video service providers, cable companies, telcos, utilities, and consumers. The RG Group consists of interested companies who have a common vision for bringing information into the home. While some of the material in this document is now dated, CABA members may still benefit from this RG information.

The purpose and charter of the RG Group was to develop this report which focuses on the RG approach to deliver and manage information flexibly to and from the home. For this vision to be accepted, a standard architecture must be adopted. The RG Group will not identify a standard architecture, but rather develop a concept and identify a set of design principles that embody the RG approach. The RG represents a specific application of the work ongoing in DAVIC, ATM Forum, EIA, VESA, and IEEE802.14. The RG is not meant to compete with, but integrate into, these implementation groups.

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