For Immediate Release: April 8, 1999

Contact: Sallianne Fortunato


Glossary of Telecommunications Terms Adds Search Engine

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has added a search engine to the "Federal Standard 1037C, Glossary of Telecommunication Terms," to its website at or

NTIA's Institute for Telecommunication Sciences developed a new search engine for the on-line hypertext version of the 1996 Federal Telecommunication Standards glossary. The glossary includes over 5800 definitions ranging from communications security to information superhighway terms. The search engine allows a user to search for any group of characters. The user can "click" on the term of interest to view the entire text of the selected results.

The glossary was created in cooperation with the Federal Telecommunication Standards Committee. The telecommunication glossary is a mandatory standard for all Federal agencies. The search engine has recorded over 4000 hits since it was made publicly available.

"The addition of this search engine will be a valuable resource to researchers, students, businesses, and others who need quick assistance in finding telecommunications terminology used in the telecommunications arena," said Larry Irving, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator of NTIA.

The electronic glossary can be found at the following web address: Printed copies and CD-ROMS of the glossary can be obtained by contacting the National Communication System, Mrs. J. Orndorff, at 703-607-6204. For further information about the glossary and the Federal Telecommunication Standards Subcommittee, contact: Evie Gray, NTIA's Institute for Telecommunication Science, at (303) 497-3307.

For media inquires, please call Sallianne Fortunato, NTIA Public Affairs, at 202-482-7002, or visit NTIA's home page at NTIA serves as the principal adviser to the Executive Branch on domestic and international telecommunications and information issues.