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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. The Administrative Council will not make substantive decisions regarding the development of technical criteria.

An Overview of the Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments (ACTA)
A descriptive presentation that summarizes the History, Responsibility and Focus of ACTA.

ACTA and Part 68 - Past, Present, and Future
Presented October 8, 2008 by Mr. Haynes, ACTA Chair, the presentation covers the history of Part 68's inception and implementation as well as the industry's role in ensuring that the PSTN remains safe and protected.

There are currently eight vacancies for Interest Segment Representatives. To review the current list of ACTA Leaders and vacancies, click here.

To dowload a Nomination Form for yourself or a colleague, click here.


Interest Segments on the Administrative Council

Service Provider Segment (SPS) - The Service Provider interest segment is intended for entities that provide telephone and data communications services over wireline carrier facilities including, but not limited to, incumbent and competitive Local Exchange Carriers (LECs), incumbent and competitive Access Providers, Interexchange Carriers (IXCs), Operator Service Providers, Shared-Tenant Service Providers, Payphone Service Providers, and any other telecommunications or data communications service provider utilizing wireline interfaces to customers. The term “service provider” was chosen because it is a more generic term, and thus is more inclusive, than the old LEC and IXC interest groups which it replaces.

Manufacturer Segment (MS) - The Manufacturer interest segment is intended for entities that produce wireline telephone and data communications equipment including stand-alone products or board-level components of a larger system. Included is telecommunications equipment used by wireline carriers and other service providers to provide telecommunications services and data communications services and includes software integral to such equipment. Examples of telecommunications equipment include central office switching equipment, fiber optic and metallic cabling, electronic connectors, electronic components, telecommunications transport systems and local loop systems providing wireline interfaces to customers. The interest group also includes entities that produce customer premises equipment used to originate, route, or terminate telecommunications and data communications services. Examples of customer premises equipment includes wired telephones, cordless telephones (except cellular), PBX equipment, telephone answering machines, modems and other data communications equipment, such as bridges, routers, and gateways. The term "manufacturer" was chosen because it is a more generic term, and thus is more inclusive, than the old TEM and NEM interest groups which it replaces.

Testing Laboratories Segment (LAB) - The Testing Laboratories interest segment is intended for independent, neutral Third Parties (i.e., testing laboratories) that provide regulatory compliance testing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations and ACTA requirements for wireline attachments to the Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN).  The laboratory also may provide Certifications under the Telecommunications Certifying Bodies (TCB) program for wireline attachments.

Other Interested Parties Segment (OIP) - The Other Interested Parties interest segment is an overarching term intended for take in those entities that cannot be easily categorized in the other interest group segments noted above. Entities that have material or direct interest in the services and equipment associated with wireline telecommunications and their relationship with Part 68 are those most likely to be considered in this ACTA Council segment. Examples of possible OIP members include consumer groups, advocacy organizations, law firms, and consultants.




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