Federal Standard 1037C, titled Telecommunications: Glossary of Telecommunication Terms, is a
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pursuant to the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended. This document provides federal departments and agencies a comprehensive source of definitions of terms used in
telecommunications Telecommunication is the transmission of information by various types of technologies over wire, radio, optical, or other electromagnetic systems. It has its origin in the desire of humans for communication over a distance greater than that ...
and directly related fields by international and U.S. government telecommunications specialists. As a publication of the U.S. government, prepared by an agency of the U.S. government, it appears to be mostly available as a
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resource, but a few items are derived from
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sources: where this is the case, there is an attribution to the source. This standard was superseded in 2001 by American National Standard T1.523-2001, Telecom Glossary 2000, which is published by ATIS. The old standard is still frequently used, because the new standard is protected by copyright, as usual for ANSI standards. A newer proposed standard is the "ATIS Telecom Glossary 2011", ATIS-0100523.2011.

See also

* Automatic message exchange * Bilateral synchronization *
Decrypt In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding information. This process converts the original representation of the information, known as plaintext, into an alternative form known as ciphertext. Ideally, only authorized parties can decip ...
* List of telecommunications encryption terms * List of telecommunications terminology * Net operation *
Online and offline In computer technology and telecommunications, online indicates a state of connectivity and offline indicates a disconnected state. In modern terminology, this usually refers to an Internet connection, but (especially when expressed "on line" o ...


External links

ATIS Telecom Glossary 2000 T1.523-2001
Download of the standard

Development Site for proposed Revisions to American National Standard T1.523-2001
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