Electrical Business


SCTE now responsible for NCTA Recommended Practices

May 21, 2009 | By Anthony Capkun

May 20, 2009

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announces that SCTE is taking over responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and publication of “NCTA Recommended Practices for Measurements on Cable Television Systems”.

A tool for field technicians, “Recommended Practices” documents
commonly available test procedures for measuring pertinent system
operating parameters. The document was first issued in 1984 and has
been updated twice. The current version was updated in 2002.

The transfer of the publication’s copyright enables SCTE to undertake
the task of updating the publication to cover current technology.

“In securing and revising the publication, SCTE is excited about this
opportunity to build upon an enduring tradition begun by NCTA,” said
SCTE president/CEO Mark Dzuban. “Countless cable professionals have
benefited throughout the years from these astute recommended practices
for measurements, and SCTE will see to it that this tradition continues
as the proud new steward of a technical resource that promotes a
smarter, more efficient workforce.”

“NCTA Recommended Practices for Measurements on Cable Television
Systems has been a valuable asset for our industry’s technical
personnel for many years. We are pleased to have SCTE take over the
stewardship of this important document so that it will continue to
serve cable’s technical community for years to come,” said Dr. William
Check, NCTA senior vice-president of science and technology.

The SCTE Engineering Committee, which oversees the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) -accredited SCTE Standards Program, has
identified a small group of experts who will be working to revise the
resource. Meantime, the group welcomes any suggestions for improving
the publication.

Anyone interested in providing comments or inquiring about NCTA
Recommended Practices for Measurements on Cable Television Systems
should e-mail standards@scte.org for SCTE. The publication’s third
edition exists only in CD format, and is available from the SCTE



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