June 18, 2008

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Announces Green Initiatives

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leader in advocacy, standards development, business development and intelligence for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, is investing in a number of green initiatives for the electronics industry worldwide. They include EIATRACK, TIA's global benchmark for environmental intelligence and product-oriented regulatory tracking and analysis, and TIA's E-cycling Central Web site (http://www.eiae.org/), with a new state-by-state database of more than 2,000 electronics recycling locations in the United States. TIA is also rallying communications companies around issues relating to the greening of technology.

TIA is announcing its green initiatives at NXTcomm 08, in Las Vegas, at a news conference with its Chairman of the Board, Tellabs President and CEO Rob Pullen, and TIA President Grant Seiffert, on Wednesday, June 18 at 2 p.m. (PDT).

"TIA's investment in green initiatives provides vision and adds value for our members as the ICT industry continues to respond to worldwide environmental and regulatory issues affecting business," said Grant Seiffert.

The legal expertise provided by EIATRACK is worth millions. The cost of compliance with European regulations alone is estimated to be nearly a trillion dollars. The cost of noncompliance could cost millions - the fines that the EU gives to noncompliant companies can be upwards of $50 million.

EIATRACK features include:

-- Over 110 international jurisdictions covered.

-- Analysis from world renowned analysts and legal experts.

-- Content value of over $1 million.

E-cycling Central connects both businesses and consumers with programs that accept electronics at the end of their product life cycle, through a free, searchable database sorted by state, zip code or national program.

In leading the ICT industry in the greening of technology, TIA is also exploring standardization of data centers to reduce their carbon footprints.

About TIA

Currently in its 84th year, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. Thousands of companies and individuals work through TIA to enhance the business environment for telecommunications, broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite, unified communications, emergency communications and the greening of technology. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

TIA's Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ACS, ADC, ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, ArrayComm, AttivaCorp, Avaya, Bechtel Communications, Inc., Cam Communications, Cisco Systems, Corning Incorporated, Ericsson, Inc., Graybar, Harris Stratex, Henkels & McCoy, Intel Corporation, LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nortel, OneChip Photonics Inc., Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, Tyco Electronics, Ulticom, Inc., Verari Systems, Westell Technologies, Inc. and Zebra Technologies Corporation. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates, ILS Technology, Orca Systems and Telcordia Technologies.

TIA membership enhances the ability of companies to prepare for the future of communications. TIA brings people and businesses together by helping the industry overcome technical and political barriers to communications. Visit www.tiaonline.org for details.