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An Overview of the Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments (ACTA) A descriptive presentation that summarizes the History, Responsibility and Focus of ACTA. Click here to view the powerpoint presentation

UPDATED 11/6/2003 Operating Principles and Procedures, Version 1.6 (Revised)

The Administrative Council for Terminal Attachment is an open organization established to: (1) adopt technical criteria and to act as the clearing-house, publishing technical criteria for terminal equipment developed by ANSI-accredited standards development organizations; and (2) establish and maintain a registration database of equipment approved as compliant with the technical criteria. The Administrative Council will not make substantive decisions regarding the development of technical criteria.

The Administrative Council's major responsibilities are to:

  • Adopt and publish technical criteria for terminal equipment developed by ANSI-accredited standards development organizations to protect the network from harm.
  • Operate and maintain a database of equipment, approved as compliant with the ACTA-published technical criteria, meeting the requirements of the FCC and the labeling requirements of the U.S. Customs Service.
  • Establish and maintain an appropriate labeling scheme for terminal equipment.
  • Respond to inquires from the public regarding the technical criteria published or refer such inquires to the appropriate SDO.
  • Manage such other tasks as necessary and within its scope that were formerly part of the FCC Part 68 functions.

Meetings of the Administrative Council

Meetings of the ACTA will be open to all interested parties, and will be held in the Washington D.C., area or via conference call and virtual meeting technologies. Once established, the Administrative Council shall establish a meeting schedule based upon need, but in no event to be less than four meetings per year. While the views of all parties will be heard and considered by the Administrative Council in its deliberations, only the duly elected members of the Council shall participate in the final vote.

Interest Segment Representatives on the Administrative Council

Each of the six identified interest segments will be entitled to two (2) voting members (primary) and one (1) alternate non-voting member. Both primary and alternate members will serve two-year terms on the Council. Interested Segment Representatives (members) are expected to participate in all Council activities and to represent the interests of their respective segment. Members are expected to be prepared and knowledgeable of the issues before the Council in order to facilitate effective discussion, examination and ultimate resolution. The alternate from each interest segment shall fully participate but only vote in the absence or disability of either primary representative from that interest segment.

Chair of the Administrative Council

A non-voting chair shall be elected by a plurality of the Administrative Council members, and shall serve for a term of two-years. The chair shall preside at all meetings of the Council and ensure that the principles and procedures established by the Council are adhered to. The chair shall also perform such other duties and exercise such powers as may be necessary to enact the business of the Council. The chair shall not engage in or use the position to influence the decision-making process of the Council.

Selection Process of Interest Segment Representatives

Interest Segment Representatives and Alternates shall be elected by a plurality of votes from their respective Interest Segment Company/Organization Voting Participants. Notice of all elections shall be given via the ACTA Web Site and the appropriate Interest Segment e-mail exploder lists. Nominations shall be accepted from all interested parties provided the nomination is accompanied by: (1) a resume or other document detailing the nominee's applicable experience and (2) a letter of support from the nominee's employer. Ballots shall be distributed and submitted electronically and tallied pursuant to a predefined process detailed in the notice of election. The ACTA Secretariat shall announce the election results. In the event of a tie between any nominees, an election between the tied nominees shall be conducted.

Selection Process of Chair of Administrative Council

The chair shall be elected by a plurality of the Interest Segment Representatives present at the time of the election. No proxies will be accepted. Notice of an election for chair shall be given via the ACTA Web Site and the Interest Segment e-mail exploder lists. Nominations shall be accepted from all interested parties provided the nomination is accompanied by: (1) a resume or other document detailing the nominee's applicable experience and (2) a letter of support from the nominee's employer. The ballot shall be conducted in secret and the ballots shall be tallied and the winner announced by the ACTA Secretariat. In the event of a tie between any nominees, an election between the tied nominees shall be conducted.

 

 

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