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Federal Standard 1037C

Federal Standard 1037, Glossary of Telecommunication Terms, was initially published in 1980 to provide Federal departments and agencies a comprehensive source of definitions of terms used in telecommunications and directly related fields by international and U.S. Government telecommunications specialists. ITS was tasked to update the standard to revision C and published Federal Standard 1037C in 1996.

Federal Standard 1037C was superseded in 2001 by American National Standard T1.523-2001, Telecom Glossary 2000,  published by ATIS. The current version of the ATIS Telecom Glossary is available at

The only archival records of this series maintained by ITS are copies of the CD containing Federal Standard 1037C as released in 1999 (revised to add a search capability). To obtain a copy of the CD, please email us at and provide a postal shipping address.