Netflix streaming impacts peak-time downloads; Aurora Networks announces new RFoG products

> Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) video streaming accounts for 20 percent of downstream Internet traffic in the U.S. between 8 and 10 p.m., says a new Sandvine study. This has particular implications for how broadband providers manage peak-time surges in the short term as well as in long-term policy control. Story.

> Optical transport systems manufacturer Optelian is extending its ROADM product line to include 4-degree capability, which "will allow network operators to automate provisioning of DWDM mesh and interconnected ring architectures," ConnectedPlanet reports. Story.

> SureWest (Nasdaq: SURW) plans to participate in the Stephens Inc. Fall Investment Conference scheduled for Nov. 16 in New York City. News release.

> Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT.L) subsidiary Segovia Inc., which provides secure IP communications, has been awarded a GSA Schedule 70 contract to provide commercial satellite communications products to the U.S. government. News release.

> TalkTalk and Alcatel Lucent (NYSE: ALU) have signed a three-year contract in which ALU will deploy a CDN (content delivery network) over TalkTalk's high-speed IP network, reports Telegeography. Story.

> Does Hungary's extraordinary "crisis tax" on local telecom operators, passed on Monday, comply with EU regulations? The European Commission aims to find out, Telecompaper reports. Story.

> Aurora Networks (which made the FierceCable Fierce 15 list, by the way) introduced new RFoG (RF over Glass) devices at this week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo which support cable operators as they transition to all-fiber networks. Story.

And finally... The U.S. doesn't lead the world in broadband speed, but it's number one in "attack traffic"--denial-of-service attacks that crash or flood servers--the New York Times reports, citing a new Akamai study. So I guess we've got that going for us. Story.