March 1987 | Special Publication SP-87-20

A Summary Record of Presentations to the Federal Telecommunications Standards Committee/Fiber Optics Task Group

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A. Glenn Hanson


This report documents the learning experience of a group of Federal-agency planners who face upgrading or augmenting existing on-premises communication systems and building wiring. In July 1984, an interagency Fiber Optics Task Group was formed under the aegis of the Federal Telecommunication Standards Committee. The purpose of the working group is to study on-premises distribution systems, with emphasis on optical fiber implementation, sharing mutual problems and potential solutions for them. Chronological summary records of technical content of 11 Task Group meetings through September 1986 are summarized. Specific problems of participant agencies are presented and analyzed, and the evolution of two very large, high-capacity, on-premises systems is followed. The report also condenses engineering presentations to the Task Group by industry on applicable state-of-the-art technology, including local area networks, private automatic branch exchanges, building wiring architecture, and optical fiber systems and components.

Keywords: digital PABXs; distributed data processing; Federal standards; Federal Telecommunication Standards Committee (FTSC); Fiber Optics Task Group; Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN); local area networks (LANs); on-premises wiring distribution; optical fiber; communications

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