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Industry Associations

Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments
The Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments is an open organization established to: (1) adopt technical criteria and to act as the clearing-house, publishing technical criteria for terminal equipment developed by ANSI-accredited standards development organizations; and (2) establish and maintain a registration database of equipment approved as compliant with the technical criteria.

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
ATIS is a U.S.-based organization that is committed to rapidly developing and promoting technical and operations standards for the communications and related information technologies industry worldwide using a pragmatic, flexible and open approach.

American Cable Association
ACA is the recognized voice of independent cable operators, who deliver advanced broadband services in smaller and rural markets across America.

American National Standards Institute
As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.

American Public Communications Council
Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, the American Public Communications Council is the national trade association representing the owners, suppliers, and manufacturers of public communications products and services. APCC is dedicated to supporting a public communications environment that promotes the widest deployment of payphones for the use of the American public.

American Radio Relay League
ARRL is the national membership association for Amateur Radio operators. The seed for Amateur Radio was planted in the 1890s, when Guglielmo Marconi began his experiments in wireless telegraphy. Soon he was joined by dozens, then hundreds, of others who were enthusiastic about sending and receiving messages through the air--some with a commercial interest, but others solely out of a love for this new communications medium. The United States government began licensing Amateur Radio operators in 1912.

Association for Computing Machinery
ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.

Audio Engineering Society
AES — now in its sixth decade — is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Its membership of leading engineers, scientists, academics and other authorities has grown dramatically throughout the world, boosting the stature of the society and that of its members. The AES serves its members, the audio industry and the public by stimulating and facilitating advances in the field of audio.

Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing
CTAM blends a razor-sharp focus on cable telecommunications marketing with a penchant for bringing smart people together. The result: a tightly knit portfolio of resources, tools, ideas and contacts that advance the business. And your place in it.

Cable Center
The Cable Center provides education and information to the educational community, the cable industry, and the public, while celebrating cable's contributions to society.

Cable in the Classroom
Founded in 1989, CIC is the national education foundation of the U.S. cable industry. Working in partnership with and on behalf of our cable company partners, CIC advocates for the visionary, sensible and effective use of media in homes, schools, and communities.

Consumer Electronics Association
In Washington, D.C., and state capitals nationwide, legislation and regulations that impact the consumer electronics (CE) industry are under consideration every day.   CEA, the legislative voice for consumer electronics, is committed to advising, lobbying and reporting on federal, state and international CE policy on behalf of our members and industry.

CTIA - The Wireless Association
CTIA is an international nonprofit membership organization founded in 1984, representing all sectors of wireless communications -- cellular, personal communication services and enhanced specialized mobile radio. We represent service providers, manufacturers, wireless data and internet companies, as well as other contributors to the wireless universe.

Edison Electric Institute
EEI is the association of U.S. Shareholder-Owned Electric Companies, International Affiliates, and Associates worldwide.

IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology.   Through its global membership, IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics among others.
IEEE Publishes the National Electrical Safety Code.   NESC governs all electrical facilities placed in public rights-of-way without regard to ownership or purpose.   It also applies to electrical facilities placed on utility poles located on private property.   Its primary concern is the safety of workers working near electrical facilities as well as the safety of the general public.   Electrical wiring installed on utility poles below the lowest electric power facility must comply with the requirements of both the NESC and the NEC.

Information Technology Association of America
ITAA is the premier high-tech industry association working to maintain America's role as the world's innovation headquarters. Our mission is to represent and enhance the competitive interests of the U.S. information technology and electronics industries. The Association provides leadership in business development, public policy advocacy, market forecasting and standards development to more than 350 corporate members. Its members range from the smallest start-ups to industry leaders offering services, system integration, Internet, telecommunications, software, electronics and hardware solutions to the public and commercial sector markets.

Institution of Engineering and Technology
IET is one of the world's leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. The IET has more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.

Internet Society
The Internet Society is an independent international nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy around the world.

National Association of Broadcasters
NAB is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889.   Its members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.   NARUC's member agencies regulate the activities of telecommunications, energy, and water utilities.

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
NATOA is a national association that represents the communications needs and interests of local governments, and those who advise local governments.   Our membership is predominately composed of local government agencies, local government staff and public officials, as well as consultants, attorneys, and engineers who consult local governments on their telecommunications needs.   Our government members have responsibilities that range from cable administration, telecommunications franchising, rights-of-way management and governmental access programming to information technologies and INET planning and management.

National Cable Telecommunications Association
NCTA is the principal trade association of the cable television industry in the United States.   Founded in 1952, NCTA's primary mission is to provide its members with a strong national presence by providing a single, unified voice on issues affecting the cable and telecommunications industry.

National Cable Television Cooperative
NCTC is a not-for-profit, member-operated purchasing organization. Our mission is to reduce the operating costs of our member cable companies. NCTC negotiates and administers master affiliation agreements with cable television programming networks, cable hardware and equipment manufacturers and other service providers on behalf of our member companies.

National Exchange Carriers Association
NECA administers the FCC's "access charge" plan.   (Access charges are the fees long distance companies pay to access the local phone network to complete calls.   These charges help ensure that telephone service remains available and affordable in all parts of the country.)   About 1,150 local telephone companies participate in our access charge revenue pools.

National Fire Protection Association
The authority on fire, electrical, and building safety.   The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
NFPA Publishes the National Electrical Code.   NEC governs all electrical facilities placed inside buildings.   Although it deals extensively with electrical safety issues, its original purpose was fire prevention, and that remains its primary purpose today.   Electrical wiring installed on utility poles below the lowest electric power facility must comply with the requirements of both the NESC and the NEC.

National Telecommunications Cooperative Association
NTCA, "the voice of rural telecommunications," is the premiere non-profit association representing more than 580 small and rural telephone cooperatives and commercial companies.

National Translator Association
NTA is dedicated to the preservation of free over-the-air TV and FM in all geographical areas.   It works to improve the technology of rebroadcast translators and the regulatory climate, which governs them. Membership is open to all individuals and organizations that are interested in these goals.   The NTA evolved into a national organization from an earlier three state regional organization many years before the FCC expanded the scope of low power television to permit program origination as well as rebroadcasts.

North American Numbering Plan
NANP is an integrated telephone numbering plan serving 19 North American countries that share its resources.   These countries include the United States and its territories, Canada, Bermuda, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks & Caicos.

Quarter Century Wireless Association
It all began during a 10-meter round table one Friday night in November, 1947. Six of the members decided they should form an organization of Amateur Radio operators who have been licensed for more than 25 years.

Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association of America
SBCA is the national trade organization representing all segments of the satellite industry. It is committed to expanding the utilization of satellite technology for the broadcast delivery of video, audio, data, music, voice, interactive and broadband services.

Society of Broadcast Engineers
SBE is the only organization devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering.   With more than 5,000 members and more than 100 local chapters, SBE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information to help you keep pace with our rapidly changing industry.

Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers
SCTE is a non-profit professional association dedicated to advancing the careers of cable telecommunications professionals and serving the industry through excellence in professional development, information and standards.   Since 1969, SCTE has continually expanded its resources and services to meet the changing needs of its members in a rapidly evolving industry.

United States Telecom Association
USTA is the premier trade association representing service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry.   The USTA's member companies offer a wide range of services, including local exchange, long distance, wireless, Internet and cable television service.   USTA's members provide local telephone service across the country, ranging from the very largest telecom companies, like AT&T and Verizon to companies with only a few hundred customers.

Universal Service Administrative Company
USAC is an independent, not-for-profit corporation designated as the administrator of the federal Universal Service Fund by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). USAC administers Universal Service Fund (USF) programs for high cost companies serving rural areas, low-income consumers, rural health care providers, and schools and libraries. The Universal Service Fund helps provide communities across the country with affordable telecommunications services.

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