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We propose a novel wavelength-division-multiplexed passive optical network which supports simultaneous delivery of 10-Gb/s point-to-point downstream and upstream data as well as 10-Gb/s downstream multicast data. The multicast overlay control is achieved by a polarization-assisted scheme at the optical line terminal (OLT). A separate lightpath is provided for the downstream multicast differential phase-shift keying (DPSK) data without additional light sources. The upstream amplitude-shift keying signal at the optical network unit is superimposed onto the received multicast DPSK signal before being transmitted back to the OLT.