It is the object of this paper to lay groundwork for establishment of a process leading to the creation of standards for baitery usage in the CATV standby power application. The paper reviews the nature of the CATV standby power battery service requirement, and compares this requirement to available classes of battery service. The special needs relating to temperature, environment, price/performance, and maintenance are discussed, and comparisons made within two main battery types. The paper concludes with recommendations affecting the use of AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries and Gelled Electrolyte batteries. Recommendations are also made respecting the establishment of a Battery Standards Committee within the SCTE.