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This Glossary began as a 5800-entry, search-enabled hypertext telecommunications glossary titled Federal Standard 1037C, Glossary of Telecommunication Terms . Federal Standard 1037C was updated and matured into an American National Standard (ANS): T1.523-2001, Telecom Glossary 2000 , under the aegis of ASC T1. In turn, T1.523-2001 has been revised and redesignated under the ATIS procedures for ANS development as ATIS-0100523.2011, ATIS Telecom Glossary 2011.
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Historical Summary of Development
1976, MIL-STD-188-120, Glossary of Telecommunication Terms.
1980, FED-STD-1037, Glossary of Telecommunication Terms.
1979, NTIA-SP-79-14, Fiber Optics Glossary.
1979-80, NBS Handbook 140, Optical Waveguide Communications Glossary, which became EIA-44A, and IEEE 812.
1986, FED-STD-1037A, Glossary of Telecommunication Terms.
1990, T1 Glossary [compiled from ANSI T1 standards and reports]
1991+ ASC T1 (Telecommunications) standards and reports published since 1990. [For a select listing, see the References below.]
1991, FED-STD-1037B, Glossary of Telecommunication Terms.
1996, FED-STD-1037C, Glossary of Telecommunication Terms.
1996, ANSDIT, The American National Standard Dictionary for Information Technology, ANSI X3.197-1996.
2001, T1.523-2001, Telecom Glossary 2000.
2001+, T1 (Telecommunications) Standards and reports published since 2001. [For a select listing, see the References below.]
2004+, ATIS Standards and reports published since 2004, upon the retirement of ASC T1.
2007, ATIS-0100523.2007, ATIS Telecom Glossary 2007
Participants in the Revision
At the time of consensus on this document, PRQC, which was responsible for its development, had the following roster:
P. Tarapore, PRQC Chair (AT&T)
M. Neibert, PRQC Vice-Chair(Telcordia)
P. Tarapore, Technical Editor (AT&T)
K. Biholar, Technical Editor (Alcatel-Lucent)
J. Colombo, Technical Editor (Verizon)
G. Linnell, Technical Editor (Telcordia)
H. Pant, Technical Editor (Huawei)
C. Underkoffler, ATIS Chief Editor