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Who can join the SCTE Standards Program?

Any organization with an interest in the cable telecommunications industry can join. 

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What are the benefits of joining the SCTE Standards Program?

A wide range of benefits comes with joining the standards program. Members have the ability to provide input and expertise on new, developing, and existing standards. Members also stay ahead of the curve by participating in working groups constantly churning out standards for new technologies and best practices that cater to their corner of the market.

What is the difference between SCTE individual membership and standards membership?

SCTE Standards members are organizations and not individuals. When an organization joins the program, anyone who is a part of that organization can participate.

What is an SCTE standard?
An SCTE standard is a national industry-recognized set of rules or guidelines pertaining to but not limited to definitions and terminology, methods of measurement and testing, products, systems, technology rating structures, thermal limits and applications guides, recommended practices, materials, and safety.

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Why are SCTE standards important?
SCTE standards are what make up the foundation of the cable industry. Standards ensure that all aspects of a cable network work properly together.

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When are SCTE standards available?

Once the subcommittee developing the standard agrees on a finalized version and the engineering committee votes on approval, an SCTE Standard becomes available to the public.

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How can my company get involved?

Follow this link to join the SCTE Standards Program. Once the application is complete, you will have access to all developing SCTE standards, proposed standards out for subcommittee ballot, meeting minutes, and e-mailing lists.

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My company is an existing SCTE Standards Program member. How can I get involved?

Simply create a new account on the SCTE Standards Workspace (Kavi) found here: Once your account has been created, you can sign up to participate in any of the many subcommittees and working groups. If you have any trouble, please e-mail staff at for assistance.

How are SCTE standards recognized?

The SCTE Standards Program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a standards developer. SCTE standards have also been adoptedby the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

How are SCTE standards approved?

SCTE standards are first approved by the subcommittee in which they are developed. The document is sent out to ballot for 28 days. Once the subcommittee ballot has been approved with a 2/3 majority, it is sent to the SCTE Engineering Committee. Once approved by the EC, the document becomes an SCTE-approved standard. Please review the SCTE operating procedures for complete information on balloting. 

How do I gain/retain voting rights within the program?

Voting rights are given on the first day of membership. Voting rights can be revoked if an organization fails to attend three consecutive meetings or fails to vote on three ballots between meetings. Once voting rights have been revoked, they will not be restored until the organization attends a meeting.

How long do SCTE standards exist?

Under ANSI guidelines, a standard has a lifespan of five years. After five years, if the document is still relevant, it is revised and renewed. Otherwise it is withdrawn.

I have an idea for a standard; where do I start?

Simply complete a Project Authorization Request (PAR) form. Include a proposed title or subject along with an abstract. Once completed, send it to, and staff will handle the rest.

Do you have additional questions?

Contact or call 800-542-5040.

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