The technical criteria in this standard are intended to protect
the telephone network from the harms defined by the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) Part 68, Section 3 rules in Title
47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (47 CFR 68.3). This standard
specifies physical dimensions, mechanical characteristics, and
contact material requirements for:
1. Carrier-installed jacks used at the demarcation point in
accordance with 47 CFR 68.105(a);
2. Plugs and jacks used with inside wiring in accordance with 47
3. Plugs and jacks used to connect terminal equipment to
wireline carrier networks.
This standard outlines test methods for determining compliance
with the requirements for hard gold contacts. Additionally it
outlines a test method for determining equivalency to hard gold
plating performance for alternative contact materials.