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No bull: ISDN standards are ready.

No Bull: ISDN Standards Are Ready "Bullpucky," is Edward Hodgson's reply to anyone who tells him there are no standards ready for ISDN. "What we want to do today is available today," he told members of the Association of Data Communications Users.

Chairman of ADCU's Standards Committee, Hodgson said AT&T and Northern equipment will work together on ISDN applications. "Internetworking is here today," he said.

In other standards news, Version 1 GOSIP became mandatory for new government OSI applications this month, Shukri Wakid, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, told the group.

Attorney Henry Levine likened the current judicial-legislative wrangling over changes to the Modified Final Judgment to "standing under an elephant waiting for the good news to come down."

Levine said appeals courts agree with Judge Harold Greene on long distance and manufacturing restrictions, but favor a looser standard on information services.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, momentum grows to legislate MFJ jurisdiction from the courts to the FCC. RBOCs like it because they can do no worse, FCC likes it since it gains turf. Many user groups, though, prefer the status quo.

"1991 could be the year something happens, but don't bet the farm on it." Still, he consluded, "It will happen."

ADCU Executive Director August Blegen said much of the real action is shifting to the states. He cautioned managers against one-purpose groups, and urged members in all 50 states to form state groups.

A group should figure to spend $200,000 a year for lawyers and consultants, he said, but "will have a big bottom line impact--perhaps millions of dollars in rate avoidance--for your company."

Paul Silverman, CEO of Electronic Gateway International, said 10,000 firms will use Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) by 1993. Although there is the X12 standard, segmentation is rampant with areas like the chemical industry adhering to their own standards.

He said benefits of EDI include cost reduction, revenue enhancement, and strategic goals like locking in customers and locking out competitors.

"EDI let you cash in on the money value of time," he said. "You give your customers more of what they want closer to the time they want it."

"If you are bandwidth intensive, thebreakeven point for T3 is seven T1s," Paul Prekeris of ADT told members.

In buying fractional T1, make sure local access charges don't erode FT1 savings, he warned. As miles increase, FT1 becomes more cost-effective.

James Morgarn of J.H. Morgan Consultants stressed the importance of managing cable. He compared cabling in a building to the human nervous system: "Treat it like a utility--like plumbing, only much more sophisticated."
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Title Annotation:integrated services digital network
Publication:Communications News
Date:Aug 1, 1990
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