BSR E1.17, Entertainment Technology-Multipurpose Network Control Protocol Suite, the draft standard commonly called "ACN," is now available for public review through midnight February 14, 2006. The draft standard is a suite of protocols offering needed services in network management, device management, device description, and device control with reliable multi-cast transport on data networks that use the common Internet Protocols.

There are 17 documents that describe various aspects of the suite of protocols contained in the 3MB compressed file ACNDraft3.zip. The public review materials for this draft standard and all the draft ESTA standards currently available for public review are accessible here.

In addition to reviewing the documents to see if they offer adequate advice, reviewers are asked to look for protected intellectual property in the draft standards. ESTA does not warrant that its standards contain no protected intellectual property, but it also does not intend to adopt any standard that requires the use of protected intellectual property, unless that property is necessary for technical reasons and can be licensed and used by anyone without prejudice or preference for a reasonable fee. Any protected intellectual property in the document should be pointed out in the comments.

For more information, contact ESTA technical standards manager Karl G. Ruling by emailing standards@esta.org or calling 212-244-1505.