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The telecommunications and fiber industries are full of terms and acronyms. Our glossary of terms attempts to capture some of them.

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National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA): National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisers. NATOA is comprised of local government officials and employees that work on cable and broadband issues - from public access television to managing the community's rights-of-way.

National Availability Target: The level of service set in the National Broadband Plan that should be available to every household and business location in the U.S. The initial target is an actual download speed of at least 4 Mbps and an upload speed of at least 1 Mbps, with a proposed review and update every four years.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA): The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is a division of the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.

NATOA: See National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

Natural Monopoly:

Neighborhood Fiber Advocate: Neighborhood fiber advocates work within the neighborhood fiber advocacy program to help close the chasm between early adopters and the early majority market.

Network Management System (NMS):

Network Operations and Dispatch Center (NODC): When a Network Operations Center also has crew dispacth functions it is sometimes called a Network Operations and Dispatch Center.

Network Operations Center (NOC): The centralized location where the network is monitored and restoration, maintenance, and operations are coordinated.

NFA: See Neighborhood Fiber Advocate.

NMS: See Network Management System.

NOC: See Network Operations Center.

NODC: See Network Operations and Dispatch Center.

Node: An active or passive element in a cable system where Second-Mile fiber connects with coaxial cable.

Node Splitting: In a cable system, adding infrastructure so that subscribers previously served by a single node are moved to multiple nodes, reducing the number of subscribers per node.

NTIA: See National Telecommunications and Information Administration.


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