Diane Forbes, Chief Operating Officer at NIS Consulting, was re-affirmed as Vice-Chair for two subcommittees in Telecommunications Association Industry (TIA). In an industry dependent on regulations and standards, Diane is committed to TIA’s focus on the future of telecommunications infrastructure.

These two subcommittees are 42.1 and 42.5 which set the standards for customer-owned telecommunications networks and resolve differences in the practice of these standards. Diane has the opportunity to collaborate on new initiatives and revise existing standards.

Upcoming work in 2019, 42.1 will be reopening and revising TIA 4966: Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Education Spaces. This is the first time since 2014 that the committee will revisit this standard. Diane will be leading this effort and welcome input from those in the education space that want to participate.

Diane has been with NIS for seven years. She has been fundamental in NIS’ telecommunication consulting efforts for K-12, government, and public transportation clients primarily focused on documentation and analysis as related to procurement efforts.


NIS is a national, fully independent telecommunications and security consulting and design firm. Established in Portland, Oregon in 1986, NIS helps clients select and implement the best systems and products to meet their current and future technology, communications, and security needs. They offer independent consulting solutions in the areas of Infrastructure, Network, Telephony, and Security and have been a longstanding and active member of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).



The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents more than 400 global companies that enable high-speed communications networks and accelerate next-generation ICT innovation. Through leadership in U.S. and international advocacy, technology programs and standards development, and business performance solutions, TIA and its members are accelerating global connectivity across every industry and market. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). TIA produces Network of the Future, an annual interactive experience with in-depth discussions that bring together the innovators and thought leaders shaping tomorrow’s connectivity landscape. For more information, visit TIAonline.org.