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TIA Appointed as Non-resident Member of NSTAC'S National Coordination Center

Arlington, VA, May 08, 2003

The Manager of the National Communications System (NCS), an agency now part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has officially appointed the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) as a non-resident member of the National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications (NCC).

The NCC was established in response to a National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) recommendation to provide advice and assistance to the manager of the National Communications System (NCS) on telecommunications restoration and provisioning during national disasters. Additionally, the NCC provides a forum to identify, discuss and recommend solutions on many non-disaster related national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) telecommunications issues.

"As a member of the NCC, TIA's leadership and expertise in the telecommunications industry will help ensure that national security and emergency preparedness communications support continues and improves through industry and government cooperation," stated TIA President Matthew J. Flanigan.

TIA members have been active in the NSTAC since it was created more than 20 years ago. Since 1999, the association has been an Information & Telecommunications Sector Coordinator, as outlined in the President's 'National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets' and a member of the Telecom-ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Center), a mechanism for the timely sharing of information to protect our critical infrastructures.

TIA was recently active in the NSTAC's Wireless Task Force and holds leadership positions in several other groups involved with Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection such as the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security and the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel.

In addition, TIA recently met with other officials of DHS and Capitol Hill staff working on homeland security issues, and met in a cross-sector meeting with the recently appointed assistant secretaries for information analysis and infrastructure protection of the DHS.

The Telecommunications Industry Association is an organizational member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and accredited developer of American National Standards for the telecommunications industry.

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