A Time of Change
Back in 1984, the US courts made several rulings that would forever change the face of communications cabling. That was the year the Bell™ system, after a 10-year battle, agreed to the Department of Justice's decision to divest.
After the divestiture of AT&T™, companies were left to find their own communications vendors and cabling contractors. Not much was understood about cabling requirements back then. Data speeds were slow, bandwidth requirements were minimal and the "baby bells" took care of their own voice cabling.
Soon after, with the proliferation of new cabling schemes and connector interfaces, it became apparent that the creation of a standards group was needed.