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User unity is good sign for ISDN rollout.

A technology has "made it" when its users start banding together to share ideas and advance the cause.

So it is with ISDN ISDN
 in full Integrated Services Digital Network

Digital telecommunications network that operates over standard copper telephone wires or other media.
 and the recent formation of the Washington (D.C.) ISDN Users Group. The non-profit group's stated goal is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and experiences about ISDN, and to contribute to the rapid deployment of ISDN technology, services and applications.

The North American North American

named after North America.

North American blastomycosis
see North American blastomycosis.

North American cattle tick
see boophilusannulatus.
 ISDN Users Forum has been around for some time, but the formation of a more localized group is a good sign. There is a California group in existence already, along with a Mid-Atlantic ISDN Users Group.

Like the Forum, the Washington group is open to service providers, equipment vendors, applications developers and regulators as well as end users.

Washington's group had its first meeting last month, in connection with the Transcontinental ISDN Project showcase in Renton, Va. The group met at the National Institute of Standards and Technology National Institute of Standards and Technology, governmental agency within the U.S. Dept. of Commerce with the mission of "working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards" in the national interest.  (NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC, The standards-defining agency of the U.S. government, formerly the National Bureau of Standards. It is one of three agencies that fall under the Technology Administration ( ) in Gaithersburg, Md.

Richard Raybold of NIST is chairman of the Washington group. It has a 10-member steering committee whose members represents users organizations, vendors and carriers. Besides Raybold, members are Mike Fidler of Mitre Corp., Clyde Heintzelman of Connective Strategies Inc., David Rouse, Tom Reynolds and Newey Trelegan of the federal government, Petra Gonsalves of consulting firm CMS (1) See content management system and color management system.

(2) (Conversational Monitor System) Software that provides interactive communications for IBM's VM operating system.
, Sam Russ of the National Information Technology Center, Art Scarano of AT&T and James Laws of Bell Atlantic.

Speaking at the initial meeting were users Col. John Charles of the U.S. Army Personnel Information Systems Command, Milton Grodsky of the University of Maryland University of Maryland can refer to:
  • University of Maryland, College Park, a research-extensive and flagship university; when the term "University of Maryland" is used without any qualification, it generally refers to this school
 and Lari Sue Naylor of Fannie Mae Fannie Mae: see Federal National Mortgage Association.  (FNMA FNMA
Federal National Mortgage Association

Noun 1. FNMA - a federally chartered corporation that purchases mortgages
Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Association
, the Federal National Mortgage Association). Also discussed were Bell Atlantic's plans for ISDN in the Washington area.

James Laws, Bell Atlantic's representative on the steering committee, says basic rate ISDN is available in 55% to 60% of the capital area--the District of Columbia District of Columbia, federal district (2000 pop. 572,059, a 5.7% decrease in population since the 1990 census), 69 sq mi (179 sq km), on the east bank of the Potomac River, coextensive with the city of Washington, D.C. (the capital of the United States).  and the Virginia and Maryland suburbs. That will grow to 75% to 80% in the next year, he says. In comparison, throughout the entire Bell Atlantic region, ISDN availability runs about 50% now, growing to 90% in the next two years.

"The organization is open to anyone who is an ISDN user or has an interest in learning about ISDN," says Laws. "We consider an end user to be the person who has an ISDN line right on their desk. The users are where the real impetus for development of ISDN is going to come from."

For more information, contact Washington ISDN Users Group, P.O. Box 15463, Arlington, VA 22215-0463. Or fax the group at 202-223-1288 and ask for more information.

User note

Basic rate ISDN allows the University of Illinois University of Illinois may refer to:
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (flagship campus)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of Illinois system
It can also refer to:
 to take advantage of dial-up videoconferencing to connect campuses in Chicago and Champaign-Urbana. Administrators save on travel between the campuses (a 2 1/2-hour trip) and professors use the link for distance learning.

Classes are transmitted from Champaign-Urbana to the Chicago campus via two B channels at 56 kb/s. Signals travel through a Northern Telecom DMS-100 switch at the nearby central office and an AT&T 5ESS at the Chicago campus' central office.

The university's Department of Public Health Nursing was first to take advantage of ISDN for distance learning. The department's Naomi Ervin says professors interact effectively and share graphs, charts and other visual aids with all members of the class, nearby and remote.
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Title Annotation:Integrated Services Digital Network
Author:Tanzillo, Kevin
Publication:Communications News
Date:Dec 1, 1992
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