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Communications Infrastructure Resources
Premise Cabling, Outside Cable Plant, Pathways & Spaces
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BICSI - Leading the telecommunications industry in the enhancement of quality services and methods around the globe by providing excellent education, promoting skill sharing, and assessing knowledge with professional registration programs.



RCDD - Registered Communications Distribution Designer

CO-OSP Specialty - Customer Owned - Outside Plant Specialist


Standards and Codes

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop voluntary industry standards for a wide variety of telecommunications products.

National Electric Code - Covers electric conductors and equipment installed within or on public and private buildings or other structures


White Papers and Arcticles

The Importance of Structured Cabling (The Siemon Company)

Horizontal Cabling System Structure (The Siemon Company)

10 Gigabit Ethernet Cabling Considerations - The exploding demand for Internet access to WEB based applications as well as integrated multimedia applications (voice/data/video) have fueled the need for higher bandwidth networks. Rapid advances in microelectronics and optical networking technologies are enabling the increased bandwidth capacity. (CDT via Graybar)

Powering Ethernet Devices over data cabling - Powering Ethernet Devices over data cabling.
802.3af extends the benefits of Ethernet to marjkets in need of a simple, cost effective networking solution. (Red Hawk via Graybar)


Design Guides and Tutorials

Cable Types and Selection Criteria (Anixter)

Conduit Capacity Chart - Deterimine the maximum number of cables that each conduit size may contain to conform with National Electric Code Standards. You can also find the conduit size required for cables of O.D.s not shown and combinations of different size cables. There is also an online calculator. (Beldon)

USDA - RUS - Telecommunications Bulletins - RUS continues to provide many programs for financing rural America's telecommunications infrastructure. The documents located at this link include RUS design guides and standards for Outside Cable Plant. Forms and other information related to financing are also on this page of bulletins.

Trade Publications

Cabling Business Magazine - dedicated to equipping the providers and managers of premises cabling networks with the timely and practical information they need to do their jobs effectively

Cabling Installation and Maintenance - provides analysis and interpretation of standards and technologies, presentation of design and
installation techniques, and selection and use of cable and components for premises and campus communication systems.

Cabling Systems - Cabling Systems is published eight times a year for over 11,000 professionals across Canada.

Network Cabling Magazine - Network Cabling is dedicated to serving the informational needs of readers, including service providers and end-users, in telecommunications wiring and products.

Cabling Standards Update - The UPDATE is an independently published twice-monthly newsletter that focuses on updates to performance standards for building cabling. It is minimally 9 pages in length, and includes a full page of over 40 links to the industry’s most current and hot web links.


Manufacturers and Distributors (with resources listed on this page)

Anixter - Global distributor of wire, cable, communications connectivity products.

The Siemon Company - Manufacturer of structured cabling products.

Graybar - Provider of electrical and telecommunications service solutions and products

Belden - One of the largest U.S.-based manufacturers of high-speed electronic cables and focuses on products for the specialty electronics and data networking markets, including connectivity.







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