FEDERAL STANDARD

Telecommunications: GLOSSARY OF TELECOMMUNICATION TERMS

  1. SCOPE.
  2. 1.1 Applicability. This standard incorporates and supersedes FED-STD-1037B, June 1991. Accordingly, all Federal departments and agencies shall use it as the authoritative source of definitions for terms used in the preparation of all telecommunications documentation. The use of this standard by all Federal departments and agencies is mandatory.

    1.2 Purpose. The purpose of this standard is to improve the Federal acquisition process by providing Federal departments and agencies a comprehensive, authoritative source of definitions of terms used in telecommunications and directly related disciplines by national, international, and U.S. Government telecommunications specialists.

  3. REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS.
  4. USE.
  5. EFFECTIVE DATE. The use of this approved standard by U.S. Government departments and agencies is mandatory, effective 180 days following the date of this standard.


  6. CHANGES. When a Federal department or agency considers that this standard does not provide for its essential needs, a statement citing inadequacies shall be sent in duplicate to the General Services Administration (K), Washington, DC 20405, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Information Resources Management Regulation Part 201-39.1002. The General Services Administration will determine the appropriate action to be taken and will notify the applicable agency.

    Federal departments and agencies are encouraged to submit updates to this standard; those updates will be considered for the next revision of this standard. The General Services Administration has delegated the compilation of suggested changes to the National Communications System, whose address is given below.

    Preparing Activity:

    Office of the Manager, National Communications System
    Technology and Standards Division
    701 South Court House Road,
    Arlington, VA 22204-2198


  7. DEVELOPMENT OF THIS STANDARD.

    FED-STD-1037C was developed by a subcommittee of the Federal Telecommunication Standards Committee, the Subcommittee to Revise FED-STD-1037B. The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (NTIA/ITS), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80303-3328, supplied the chair, secretariat, and technical editorial services for the subcommittee. The work of the subcommittee was reviewed by the National Communications System Member Organizations, by the Federal Telecommunication Standards Committee members, and by representatives from other Federal agencies as well as representatives from industry and from the general public. The following Federal Agencies and Departments participated in the subcommittee:


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LEGEND (for labels appended to definitions)

LEGEND MEANING
[After...] Definitions cited "After..." (as in "[After 2196]") are the responsibility of the FTSC Subcommittee to Revise FED-STD-1037B , and not the source-cited document, because of rewriting by the Subcommittee.
(188) Terms and definitions in direct support of the MIL-STD-188 series of standards and their associated military handbooks. This is not a source citation.
[2196] Terms and definitions extracted verbatim from MIL-STD-2196 (SH), Glossary, Fiber Optics (1989).
[47CFR] Terms and definitions extracted verbatim from Title 47 Code of Federal Regulations, Telecommunications, Parts 0-199 (rev. Oct. 1, 1987, Oct. 1, 1988).
[CCITT/CCIR] Recommendations and other documents from the ITU-T (the former CCITT and CCIR). The "CCITT" and "CCIR" citations are retained in this glossary because many of the cited documents have not been reissued by the ITU-T and given a new prefix.
[FAA] FAA (1991), Glossary of Optical Communication Terms , DOT/FAA/CT-TN91/9 (FAA Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405).
[FIRMR] Federal Information Resources Management Regulation, Title 41 CFR Chapter 201.
[FS1045A] Federal Standard 1045A, Telecommunications: Automatic Link Establishment (1994).
[ITU-T] Recommendations and papers from the International Telecommunication Union--Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.
[JP1] Telecommunications terms and definitions extracted from Joint Pub 1-02 (DOD Joint Staff Publication No. 1-02), 1994, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, and established for use by all DOD Components, which will use the terms and definitions so designated without alteration unless a distinctly different context or application is intended.
[JP1-A] Final draft of proposed revision of Joint Pub 1-02; memo from Chief, Joint Doctrine Division, the Joint Staff, 20 October 1994.
[NATO] NATO ADatP-2(f) Automatic Data Processing (ADP) NATO Glossary, June 1991.
[NIS] National Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Glossary , NSTISSI No. 4009, June 5, 1992, (National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Committee, NSA, Ft. Meade, MD 20755-6000). Note: The FTSC Subcommittee used the most recent version of the NSTISSI 4009 document that was available at the time the Subcommittee meetings were held (November 1993 through September 1994). However, the NSTISSI document may have changed asynchronously with the 1037C standard, and those NSTISSI definitions may have been amended. The NSTISSI source document is scheduled to be updated on Internet. For the latest version of the NSTISSI No. 4009 Glossary, the reader must access the document on Internet. For hard copy of the 4009 Glossary, write NSA at Ft. Meade, MD. The user may wish to enhance his/her researches into definitions by reviewing the newer version of the 4009 glossary. The changes on 4009 on Internet do not, per se revise FED-STD-1037C. Therefore, the user should be aware that if he/she wishes to cite official NSTISSI No. 4009 definitions in a procurement document or other official paper, the official standard glossary is FED-STD-1037C.
[NTIA] Term names and definitions extracted verbatim from the NTIA Manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management. [U.S. Government agencies may obtain the NTIA Manual from the NTIA Office of Spectrum Management, Room 1605, Herbert C. Hoover Bldg., 14th and Constitution, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. The NTIA Manual may be purchased by non-Government interests at the U.S. Government Printing Office, Stock No. 903-008-00000-8.]
[OMB] OMB Circular A-130, Management of Federal Information.
[RR] Terms and definitions extracted verbatim from the International Telecommunication Union Radio Regulations, Malaga-Torremolinos (Oct. 1984, rev. 1985).
[From Weik '89] Use of this source citation acknowledges that the cited information is from Communications Standard Dictionary , 2nd ed., Dr. M. Weik, 1989 [Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, NY], with the written permission of the holders of the copyright. These definitions are usually verbatim, but in some cases have been abbreviated or edited.

Note 1: Appreciation is extended to ASC T1A1.5 for generously providing their draft glossary of terms and definitions relating to video-quality degradation. Note 2: Appreciation is extended to ANSI-accredited technical committee X3K5 for use of their draft definitions, which were used as a launching point for many of the computer-related definitions herein. No source citation is given the committee's work because their definitions were edited for format consistency and for broad applicability.
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