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Did You Know?

New York, Jun 26, 2009

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

TIA Recommends Roadmap for National Broadband Plan
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, issued a set of recommendations for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the adoption of a National Broadband Plan that will help enhance innovation, citizens’ quality of life, and economic prosperity.

In particular, the report recommends that the FCC: stimulate investment and innovation in next-generation broadband; pursue forward-looking spectrum management and the allocation of additional spectrum; support open and fair market access for U.S. companies; and promote the development of a broadband interoperable public safety network.

TIA also outlined a three-year roadmap for broadband that both Congress and President Obama consider a priority to the national infrastructure.

For more information and to read the full text of the recommendations, please visit TIA online.

Unanimous Senate Chooses Tenenbaum as CPSC Chair
Unanimously voted by the U.S. Senate, Inez Tenenbaum started her four-year term as Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on June 22, 2009.

Tenenbaum told the Senate Commerce Committee that she will work to "reassure America's families that their government can and will protect them from unknown or unforeseen dangers in the products they use."

Besides overseeing federal regulation of toys, household items, and other consumer products with health and safety defects, she will be responsible for guiding the implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

The former South Carolina Superintendent of Education from 1999 to 2007, Ms. Tenenbaum has also worked as an attorney and child advocate. Filling a chair that has been vacant since July 2006, she replaces former acting-chair Nancy Nord.

Civil Engineering Societies Join Efforts Against Risk of Climate Change
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), and the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) recently signed a Civil Engineering and Climate Change Protocol.

Pointing at civil engineers as the keepers of the infrastructure networks that support society and economy, the agreement suggests solutions against climate change based on mitigation and adaptation.

Mitigation includes the development of new technologies and materials, as well as incentives for low or zero-greenhouse gas emissions, and cost-effective carbon capture and storage. Adaptation means developing new tools and policies for risk assessment and modification of infrastructure systems.

For more information about the agreement, please visit ASCE online.

NFPA Announces Fire Prevention Week 2009
Under the slogan “Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned,” the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has presented the Fire Prevention Week that will take place on October 4-10, 2009.

With a focus on burn awareness and prevention, especially of domestic fires, life safety educators and fire experts nationwide will share safety strategies with their communities during the event.

For more information visit NFPA online.

ISO Releases Pamphlet for Industry and Political Leaders
Addressing executives in corner offices around the world, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched a publication entitled Today's state-of-the-art global solutions for CEOs.

Showing how standards can help managers meet challenges such as innovation, cost reduction, risk management and environmental impact, the brochure covers: implementation of ISO standards, integration of industrial strategies and standardization, and participation to standards development.

CEOs are also encouraged to contact their respective ISO national members in order to learn about the ISO system and its benefits. As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI has made this brochure available electronically and encourages its broad dissemination.

National Marine Electronics Earns Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), an ANSI organizational member in 2009, as a developer of American National Standards.

With hundreds of members involved in marine electronics, NMEA develops voluntary industry standards recommending technical installation practices, communication protocols of electronic devices and educational materials.

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Steve Spitzer, technical director, National Marine Electronics Association (telephone: 410.975.9425; Email:

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