3rd Quarter 2014 

Installer Discovers Certification Marks on Cable Are Counterfeit -
A Lesson for Us All

Using the lure of low price, some online suppliers can entice customers unaware of the true nature and quality of their cables. By sharing this case CCCA hopes others will be able to avoid the problem.  Read more


Non-Compliant Vs. Counterfeit - Is there a difference?
Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably and it can get confusing. Definitions can be very important, so to make our communications clearer we have now defined the 3 most common deceptive marketing practices we've encountered and posted them on the website.

Whether non-compliant or counterfeit, what these cables have in common is that they should all be avoided.


Federal Government Tightens Up Against Counterfeits
Under what is known as Section 818, the DoD is proposing to revise the DFARS (Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement). The intent of Section 818 is to hold contractors responsible for detecting and avoiding the use or inclusion of counterfeit electronic parts or suspect counterfeit electronic parts. 

Cable appears to be be included in the definition of electronic part: "an integrated circuit, a discrete electronic component (including, but not limited to, a transistor, capacitor, resister, or diode), or a circuit assembly".   View Section in Federal Register


 ...and Massachusetts Follows Suit in Prosecution of a Counterfeit Perpetrator

A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit military goods. He faces up to 46 months in prison when he will be sentenced to a federal penitentiary after confessing to selling counterfeit semiconductors to the US Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut.  Read more


A Nationally Recognized Alternative to LEED
Green Building Initiative logo

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) offers the Green Globes environmental assessment and certification programs for commercial buildings. These online and on-site programs are flexible, affordable alternatives to LEED.

Earn 5 AIA Credits: Become a Guiding Principles Compliance Professional

The CCCA Mission in Action
CCCA continues to fulfill its educational mission by presenting on key topics at 3 industry conferences slated for the next few months.

7x24 Exchange International 2014 Fall Conference
Mission Critical Facilities - Scaling to the Future

October 26-29, 2014
JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ 
Todd Harpel, Presenter
Presentation: Considerations for choosing top-of-rack in fat-tree switch fabric architecture 
Can't make it to the conference? Read the paper it is based on here.


2014 International Cable Connectivity Symposium - IWCS

November 9-12, 2014

Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

Dave Kiddoo, Presenter

Presentation: Update: Counterfeit and Non-Compliant 

Communications Cable

BICSI - Northeast Region Meeting

BICSI logoNovember 6, 2014

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA

Todd Harpel, Presenter

Presentation:  Update: Counterfeit and Non-Compliant 

Communications Cable

Actual communication cables with a counterfeit certification Mark, which were removed from an elementary school installation, will be available for inspection at CCCA's table-top display.



Perspective: Standards creation process is transparent and fair

Without codes and standards, the structured cabling industry would be a free-for-all from a quality, performance and safety point of view. In this brief article in Wire Journal International, Frank Peri gives his take on the standards creation process.  Read more


Congratulations to Winners of the 2nd Quarter Newsletter Random Drawing

Enjoy your Weatherman Multi-tool!
John Goldcamp, Swissvale, PA

Richard Hallex, NY, NY

Mayank Sharma, India



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Other Fall Industry Events of Interest

Sept 28-October 2, 2014
Hilton Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Sept 29-October 1, 2014
Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC

November 11-13, 2014
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA


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