Retired Committees & Forums

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Forum
2014 - 2017

The NFV Forum advanced industry solutions in the NFV and software-defined network space with a focus on enabling new business models, speeding time-to-market, improving efficiency, and addressing the use cases that matter most to ATIS members. Among its goals were to enhance the ability to integrate software across service providers in a uniform and automated way, and to scale application instances to meet the changing demand for services.

Copper/Optical Access, Synchronization and Transport (COAST) Committee
2010 - 2016

COAST developed standards for access and transport network and synchronization technologies over copper and optical mediums. COAST was committed to proactive engagement with national, regional and international standards development organizations and forums that share its scope of work. Effective January 2017, COAST has transitioned to the SYNC Committee (SYNC).

Network Performance, Reliability & Quality of Service Committee (PRQC)
1980s - 2014

The PRQC (formerly T1A1) had a longstanding history of developing the necessary American National Standards (ANSs), requirements, reports, and standards in support of performance, reliability, QoS, and related security aspects of communications networks. Given its architecture and services synergies with PTSC, effective May 2014, PRQC has transitioned to the Packet Technologies and Systems Committee (PTSC) as the Quality of Service and Reliability (QoSR) subcommittee.

The Machine-to-Machine Committee (M2MC)
2012 - 2014

The M2MC was launched in 2012 to continue to progress the work of the ATIS TOPS Council M2M Focus Group (FG) and to define a common service layer that would enable the implementation of any device in any “vertical”. In the same year, ATIS also engaged in an initiative to develop global specifications for the efficient deployment of M2M communications systems (oneM2M and continues to support this initiative. As a founding partner of oneM2M, ATIS and its members remain actively engaged in M2M activities.

The Telecommunications Fraud Prevention Committee (TFPC)
1988 - 2011

The TFPC provided an active forum of industry experts who promoted a united front to identify and address fraud vulnerabilities for networks, architectures, services, and products. The TFPC promoted an open and cooperative environment in which to discuss and develop resolutions and mitigation for industry fraud threats.

The Home Networking Forum (HNET)
2009 - 2010

The HNET Forum addressed the recommendations and issues set forth in the HNET Assessment and Work Plan (the Plan) produced by the ATIS TOPS Council. The Plan had three major areas of focus:

  • A home networking technological assessment from both logical and functional perspectives including a high-level framework and the identification of IP home networking essential “building blocks.”
  • An in-depth industry analysis to better understand the current status of home networking standards’ development, revealing 34 different, uncoordinated groups with study programs related to the home network.
  • A standards gap analysis in technical areas, such as: management, QoS, security, connection and discovery, remote access, and energy consumption. The HNET-FG study revealed 33 technical standards gaps, each requiring action.

Information and Data Security Committee (IDSC)
2006 - 2008

The IDSC identified and addressed information and data security topics specific to the communications industry. The committee identified issues for resolution including IT-related issues resulting from Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance, as well as shared and developed best practices and security approaches. Where appropriate, IT data and security standards were developed by this committee.

Internetwork Interoperability Test Coordination (IITC) Committee
1996 - 2008

IITC provided an open forum in which North American telecommunications industry service providers, vendors, and the user community communicated. This committee coordinated internetwork, interoperability testing of telecommunications services and architectures resulting from the introduction of new network interconnections and technologies.

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Forum
2001 - 2008

The IVR Forum identified features that make IVR and voice mail easier to use by persons with disabilities. It also addressed the FCC’s disabled-access concerns regarding voice mail services and interactive menu products.

The IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF)
2007 - 2013

The IIF promoted the interoperability, interconnection, and implementation of IPTV systems/services to optimize delivery of entertainment services across multiple infrastructures. It developed a suite of standards that address the entire end-to-end IPTV ecosystem and also led the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) initiative on IPTV. IIF work provided a key foundation for international IPTV standards and further innovation in this area.

Text Telephone (TTY) Forum
1997 - 2008

The TTY Forum developed alternatives that provide the deaf and hard-of-hearing, as well as those with speech or language disabilities, with access to telephone and wireless communications, through the use of a TTY device.

Committee T1
1984 - 2004

ANSI-accredited Committee T1 was established in February 1984 at the divestiture of AT&T to develop technical standards and reports regarding interconnection and interoperability of telecommunications networks at interfaces with end-user systems, carriers, information and enhanced-service providers, and customer premises equipment (CPE).

The Telecommunications Industry Forum, (TCIF)
1986 - 2004

TCIF was founded in June 1986 to promote understanding and implementation of global standards, guidelines and emerging technologies involving electronic data interchange, electronic commerce and bar coding.

Network and Services Integration Forum (NSIF)
1991 - 2002

NSIF worked to resolve interoperability issues to promote wide deployment of SONET, including IP over SONET, ATM over SONET, and ATM over optical networks.

Generic Requirements Users Group (GRUG)
2000 - 2002

The GRUG identified and provided tools and recommendations for the industry to identify standards, specifications, guidelines, and operating procedures to make interoperability of existing and emerging telecommunications products and services possible.

Carrier Liaison Committee (CLC)
1984 - 2002

The CLC served as the executive overseer for the Network Interconnection Interoperability Forum (NIIF), the Ordering and Billing Forum (OBF), the Industry Numbering Committee (INC), and the Toll Fraud Prevention Committee (TFPC).