CCCA Newsletter
Welcome to the 1st Edition of the CCCA Newsletter!


The primary mission of the CCCA is to provide vital, fact-based education and information for structured cabling professionals to stay abreast of key issues and topics affecting our industry. This newsletter is one way we'll keep you informed. While we'll have much to say about CCCA activities, the newsletter won't be limited to CCCA only. We'll also strive to cover the latest industry news and direct you to valuable resources.  


2011 was another noteworthy year for the CCCA and our reputation as an important structured cabling resource continues to grow. We added more top manufacturers and distributors to our membership roster who, like all CCCA members and many of our supporters, are committed to preserving an industry focused on quality and integrity. 
        Non-compliant Communications Cable... 
   How Big is the Problem? What Are Your Risks? What to Look For?    
Get Educated: CCCA & UL Webcast on February 1st  

This educational webcast is a joint effort by the CCCA, UL and the law firm, Crowell & Moring to bring vital information on the fire risks and potential legal liabilities posed by the installation of communications cables that are not compliant with the fire safety requirements of the National Electrical Code (NEC).



What You Can Do to Protect Yourself
Counterfeit cables.  

Counterfeit cables raise serious liability risks and public safety concerns. Ensure your cable installations' long term safety and reliability by carefully checking cable labeling and packaging.
Communications cables must meet the National Electrical Code (NEC) minimum requirements for fire safety performance. Examine labels and marks to determine if they are legitimate and that the cable is listed by UL and is compliant. 


First Quarter

"Caveat Emptor" ... a global message!
Citing CCCA's warnings on use of copper clad aluminum (CCA) conductors in category, UTP cable designs, the UK's Fibreoptic Industry Association (FIA) issued an excellent white paper (Infrastructure Advisory Note) on "The implications of using copper clad aluminum conductors within balanced pair cables".

Silk purse from a cow's ear?


CCCA's testing of 379 copper patch cords from lesser known offshore 
manufacturers revealed that 85% of the samples failed NEXT, and 78% failed by a margin of 3dB or more!