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Association of Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) -
888 17th St. NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 969-2587, Fax: (202) 969-2581. ALTS is the trade association that represents "facilities-based" CLECs, the builders of high-speed local communications. ALTS was founded to harness the shared energy and vitality of the new local competitors and to help ensure regulations for robust competition, spawned by the 1996 Act, are implemented and enforced.

Competitive Telecommunications (CompTel) Association -
1900 M St. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 296-6650, Fax: (202) 296-7585. CompTel has more than 350 members and is the established, respected voice of the competitive telecommunications industry. The association represents companies of every size in every sector of the marketplace before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, state regulators and legislators, industry technical groups and international communications forums. In early 1999, CompTel combined with America's Carriers Telecommunication Association (ACTA).

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) -
2500 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201, (703) 907-7700, Fax: (703) 907-7727. TIA is a national trade organization of companies that provide communications and information technology products, materials, systems, distribution services and professional services in the United States and around the world. TIA companies manufacture or supply virtually all of the products used in global communication networks. TIA represents the telecommunications industry with its subsidiary, the MultiMedia Telecommunications Association (MMTA -, in conjunction with the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA -

Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) -
1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 785-0081. CTIA represents all wireless technologies, promoting legislative, regulatory and judicial decisions that further the success and availability of wireless telecommunications, and providing information on the latest technical & public policy developments in the wireless industry. CTIA periodically publishes the Wireless SourceBook, FactBook, MarketBook, and MemberBook, as well as other resource materials.

Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) -
500 Montgomery St., Suite 700, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 739-0300, Fax: (703) 836-1608. PCIA is the leading international trade association representing the personal communications services (PCS) industry and represents the chief providers of wireless voice and data communications to both consumers and businesses. PCIA's member companies include PCS licensees and those in the cellular, paging, ESMR, SMR, mobile data, cable, computer, manufacturing, and local and interexchange sectors of the industry, as well as technicians, wireless systems integrators, communications site owners, distributors and service professionals, and private corporate system users. PCIA develops regulatory policies, legislation, and technical standards in order to advance the interests of the PCS industry.

Portable Computer and Communications Association (PCCA) -
Administrative Offices, P.O. Box 680, Hood River, OR 97031, (541) 490-5140, Fax: (503) 471-0011. PCCA is a not-for-profit association to bring together individuals and companies interested in working together to help create a vital, thriving industry in mobile computing especially with Handheld Personal Computers (HPCs).

Wireless Cable Association International (WCAI) -
1140 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 810, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 452-7823, Fax: (202) 452-0041. WCAI represents the broadband wireless industry worldwide and seeks to advance the interests of the wireless systems that provide video, voice and data services on a subscription basis through land-based towers to fixed reception/transmit devices. Membership is comprised of fixed wireless system operators worldwide, as well as: equipment and service suppliers; video, software and other content providers; financial institutions; and engineers, attorneys and other consultants.

Wireless Communications Alliance (WCA) -
WCA is a Silicon Valley Initiative for Radio and Optical Connectivity and a non-profit organization dedicated to the mutual benefit of companies and other organizations operating in Northern California that are associated with wireless communications.

Industrial Telecommunications Association (ITS) -
1110 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22201-5720, (703) 528-5113, Fax: (703) 524-1074. ITA is a FCC-certified frequency advisory committee and national trade association. ITA provides regulatory and legislative representations before the FCC and U.S. Congress as advocate for more than 3,000 private wireless radio licensees and 500 radio dealers. They also provide a variety of telecommunications services, including system engineering, licensing, FCC research, license data and refarming transition strategies.

Competitive Broadband Coalition (CBC) -
The CBC was founded in early 1999 by several other trade organizations and individual competitive telecommunications companies in order to ensure that every American will be able to access the Internet through broadband technologies. They believe that the free enterprise system is the surest way to realize our national goal of fast broadband deployment with maximum consumer choice and superior services to Americans everywhere.

Wireless LAN Alliance (WLANA) -
1114 Sherman Ave., St. Simons Island, GA 31522. WLANA is a non-profit consortium of wireless LAN vendors established to help educate the market place about wireless LANs and their uses. WLANA develops educational materials about wireless LAN users' experiences, applications and industry trends.

Telecommunications Resellers Association (TRA) -
1401 K St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 835-9898, Fax: (202) 835-9893. TRA represents hundreds of companies involved in the resale of telecommunications services, a multi billion-dollar industry lead by an estimated $13 billion long distance resale segment. TRA has evolved into an association representing not only switched and switchless resellers of domestic and international long distance services but resellers of local network, wireless and enhanced services.

United States Telecom Association (USTA) -
1401 H St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005-2164, (202) 326-7300, Fax: (202) 326-7333. USTA is the premier trade association representing the nation's local exchange carrier industry with more than 1,200 small, mid-size and large company members worldwide. For more than 100 years, USTA has been providing a common ground where local phone companies of all sizes can unite to advance the industry's concerns.

National Telephone Cooperative Association (NTCA) -
4121 Wilson Blvd., Tenth Floor, Arlington, VA 22203, (703) 351-2000, Fax: (703) 351-2001. NCTA is a national association representing more than 500 small and rural independent local exchange carriers providing telecommunications services to interexchange carriers and subscribers throughout rural America.

National Cable Television Association (NCTA) -
1724 Massachusetts Ave. N W, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 775_3669. NCTA is the cable industry's major trade association representing cable systems and cable program networks. They provide their members with a strong national presence and a single, unified voice on issues affecting the cable industry before Congress, the executive branch, the courts and the American public.

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) -
1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-429-5300, Help Desk: (202) 429-5490, Fax: 202-775-3520. NAB represents the radio and television industries in Washington before Congress, the FCC and federal agencies, the courts, and on the expanding international front. NAB seeks to maintain a favorable governmental, legal and technological climate for the constantly evolving and dynamic business of free over-the-air broadcasting.

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) -
1200 G St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 628-6380, Fax: (202) 393-5453. ATIS is a North American standards body that is leading the development of telecommunications standards, operating procedures, and guidelines through its sponsored committees and forums to make the interoperability of existing and emerging telecommunications products and services possible.

TeleManagement Forum (TMF) -
1201 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960-6628, (973) 425-1900, Fax: (973) 425-1515. TMF provides successful real world solutions to many business and technology challenges born of global telecom deregulation. By helping solve communications management and OSS integration issues, TMF and its member companies collaboratively identify, create, develop, and implement real world solutions that automate and streamline telecom operations. Within the TM Forum, industry leaders tackle issues of interoperation and process automation that they could not address as cost-effectively or comprehensively on their own.

Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO, CLC. -
501 3rd St., NW, Washington, DC 20001-2797, (202) 434-1100, Fax: (202) 434-1279. CWA represents North American workers in telecommunications, printing and news media, public service, health care, cable television, general manufacturing, electronics, gas and electric utilities, and other fields. Arizona is part of District 7 (AK, AZ, CO, ID, IA, MN, MT, NB, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY ), 8085 E. Prentice Ave., Englewood, CO 80111, (303) 770-2822, Fax: (303) 793-7927. There are 7 CWA Locals in Arizona, with the largest being Phoenix Local 7019 with 5,600 unionized workers.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) -
The ITU, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland is an international organization within which governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services. The ITU is the leading publisher of telecommunication technology, regulatory and standards information.

Coalition for Affordable Local and long-distance Service (CALLS) -
CALLS has asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve a plan that would replace per-minute subsidies built into what long-distance customers pay for calls with a more equitable per-line charge. CALLS members (AT&T, Bell Atlantic, BellSouth, GTE, SBC Corp. and Sprint) believe this change would lead to lower long-distance rates and guarantee stable and affordable local telephone service for all Americans well into the future.

The Commercial Internet eXchange (CIX) Association -
1041 Sterling Rd., Suite 104A, Herndon, Virginia 20170, (703)709-8200. The CIX is a non-profit trade association of Public Data Internetwork service providers promoting and encouraging development of the public data communications internetworking services industry in both national and international markets. The CIX provides a neutral forum to exchange ideas, information, and experimental projects among suppliers of internetworking services and broadens the base of national and international cooperation and coordination among member networks.

US Internet Service Providers Alliance (USISPA) -
1041 Sterling Road, Suite 104A, Herndon VA 20170, (703) 709-8200, Fax: (703) 709-5249. USISPA is a group of ISP trade associations and independent Internet Service Providers who are working together to stop the Bell Operating Companies, GTE, and other Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) from anti-competitive behaviors which are harming ISP's ability to access and serve their customers. Their efforts are supported regionally by the Arizona Internet Service Providers Association (AZIPA -

Internet Service Providers' Consortium (ISP/C) -
William Sommers, President, 221 14th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, (310) 827-8466, Fax: (603) 372-1539. ISP/C goal is to function as the lead international trade association of ISPs, representing all of its ISP members (defined as an organization providing network connectivity to the Internet) regardless of size, location or services rendered.

Voice On the Net Coalition (VON) -
The VON Coalition actively advocates the viewpoint that the IP Telephony industry should remain as free of governmental regulations as possible and educates consumers and the media on Internet communications technologies on behalf of telecommunications, internet services, software, and hardware companies.

Enterprise Computer Telephony Forum (ECTF) -
ECTF is an open, non-profit, mutually beneficial corporation formed to provide the leadership and direction necessary to promote an open systems environment for Computer Telephony. The ECTF operates as a consensus forum led by its members including CT vendors, developers, VARs, end-users and other interested parties.

United Telecom Council (UTC) -
1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1140, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 872-0030, Fax: (202) 872-1331. UTC represents electric and gas utilities, water companies, energy pipelines, other critical infrastructure companies, plus their technology partners and other corporate telecom/IT users, all united in their commitment to ensuring the best, most reliable systems and networks critical to their core businesses and the customers they serve. UTC's mission is to create a favorable business, regulatory, and technical environment in which all our members and stakeholders will thrive through a variety of advocacy, regulatory, technological, information and education programs.

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) -
450 East 22nd St., Suite 230, Lombard, IL 60148-6158, (630) 268-1818, Fax: (630) 268-1384. CompTIA represents over 7,500 computer hardware and software manufacturers, distributors, retailers, resellers, VARs, system integrators, training, service, telecommunications and Internet companies. In addition to providing a unified voice for the industry in the areas of public policy, workforce development and electronic commerce standards, CompTIA certifies information technology and service professionals with its widely adopted and vendor neutral certification programs.

Telecommunications Information Resources on the Internet (University of Michigan) -

The WWW Virtual Library (World Wide Web Consortium - W3C) -

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