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The Network Reliability and Interoperability Council

    The Network Reliability and Interoperability Council is the successor to the Network Reliability Council. The NRC's charter was revised by the FCC in April of 1996 to advise the FCC on how new Section 256 of the Telecommunications Act -- "Coordination for Interconnectivity" -- should be implemented.

The Network Reliability Council

    The Council is a committee composed of senior level officials from a cross-section of telecommunications service provider and service user organizations. It is organized under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission and to the telecommunications industry to enhance the reliability of the nation's telecommunications networks. In April of 1996, it was re-chartered by the FCC as the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council.

Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC)

    ATSC was formed by the Joint Committee on Inter-Society Coordination (JCIC) to establish voluntary technical standards for advanced television systems, including digital high definition television (HDTV). ATSC suggests positions to the Department of State for their use in international standards organizations. ATSC proposes standards to the Federal Communications Commission.

National Spectrum Managers Association (NSMA)

    The NSMA is a voluntary association of microwave radio and satellite frequency coordinators. The purpose of the Association is to provide a forum for discussion and possible resolution of problems of common interest to the coordination community.

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

    TIA develops industry standards that serve to facilitate trade and commerce in the telecommunications field. TIA has over 70 committees and subcommittees working on telecommunication standards, including the Fixed Point-to-Point Communications Section (TR-14).

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)

    Actively promotes the timely resolution of national and international issues involving telecommunications standards and the development of operational guidelines through open industry forums that address technical and operational issues affecting the nation's telecommunications facilities and services and the development of innovative technologies.

Committee T1 Telecommunications

    Sponsored by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and accredited by the American National Standards Institute to create network interconnections and interoperability standards for the United States.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)



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