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Issue: October 2005
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces

Bisbee's Buzz

The storm season of 2004 may have helped our leaders prepare for the active 2005 Hurricane Season. Names like Charley, Dennis, Frances, Jeanne, and Ivan were more than a warm up for what was to come. This year we have already had more than 20 tropical storms with Katrina and Rita slamming into the Gulf Coast. This horrific onslaught of natural disasters has challenged every disaster plan ever conceived. The government and private sector is struggling to rebuild the infrastructure that has been destroyed. Now some experts predict more storms in the next season. Who knows if global warming is playing a role in this weather pattern? In any event, as the designers and builders of the information system highways (communications cabling, WAN, and wireless, etc.) we should be more focused on the critical role of the communications in an emergency scenario.

Installation and material records, labeling, drawings, and test records all come into play. These are crucial to maximize the cabling assets. These important records and drawings significantly affect emergency communication services and recovery time. What shape are your records in?

Our prayers and donations are going out to the victims of these hurricane-related disasters. We can do a better job in the future. Remember safety is too important to ignore.

But that's just my opinion.

Frank Bisbee
"Heard On The Street" column
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Electrical Contractor Magazine Is On Target

Recent issues of Electrical Contractor Magazine have pinpointed a growing trend of great significance to the way we do business in the cabling industry. EC Mag featured the DESIGN-BUILD concept and trend in the August 2005 issue. We expect to see more information on this trend in upcoming issues. The cabling contractor has become the specifier. We seldom see cabling specifications for projects that are appropriately detailed to address the project. This gap in the RFP (request for proposals) process has literally forced the bidding contractors to become the designers and specifiers for the projects. Contractors as specifiers have changed the flow of purchasing. Many manufacturers have refocused their marketing strategies from architects, engineers, and consultants to the "contractor". For more information on this new trend and how you can benefit from the change, read the Electrical Contractor Magazine. To subscribe or see back issues go to www.ecmag.com.

Interpreting the NEC

It doesn't say what you think it says, nor what you remember it to have said, nor what you were told that it says, and certainly not what you want it to say. If by chance you are an instructor, it doesn't say what you have been saying, and if you're an author, it doesn't say what it's intended to say.

Then what does it say? It says what it says. So if you want to know what it says, stop trying to remember what it says, don't ask anyone what is says and don't think it says what you want it to say.

Go back and read it again and pay attention as though you were reading it for the first time. If you don't like what it says, then get involved and try to change it. In the process, you might find out that what it says, it should be saying…

Mike Holt's Comment: Most of the above was written by someone else, and I added my comments. If you think you have any suggestions to make this better, let me know. I would like to make a nice sticker to provide to the industry, naturally for free.
To get the right answers, go to www.mikeholt.com.

Unique Fire Stop Products Offers Certified Training

In the real world, many firewalls have been compromised so often that they seem more like Swiss cheese than a protective fire barrier. On the list of simple things that you can do to upgrade the building's safety, firestopping is near the top. We recently reviewed a web based training program that offers a verifiable certification for the installation of firestops. The training and certification is offered at no charge to the student. Kudos to Unique Fire Stop Products (Robertsdale, AL) for this significant value to the cabling industry. Mike Tobias, president of Unique Fire Stop Products, Inc., has a long history with BICSI and the cabling industry, delivering some of the best products ever developed for firestopping. We found their products to be top quality and priced competitively. www.uniquefirestop.com

In the future, we expect the verifiable training on firestopping to be a requirement of the NEC (National Electrical Code). There are proposals in the current code cycle for this upgrade. In any event, contractors and installers should grab this training opportunity.

Graybar Appoints Vice President Controller

Graybar has announced the appointment of Martin Beagen as vice president controller.

Beagen will be responsible for Graybar's financial reporting and accounting functions, reporting to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer D. Beatty D'Alessandro. Beagen succeeds James Kipper, who is retiring after 31 years with Graybar.

Beagen is a 25-year Graybar veteran who joined the company as a financial assistant in Detroit, MI, after graduating from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 1982, he was promoted to financial manager, transferring in that capacity to Melrose Park, IL, in 1983 and then to Auburn Hills, MI, in 1987. While in Auburn Hills, he earned a master's degree in business administration from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. In 1993, he was named district financial manager of Graybar's Chicago District in Glendale Heights, IL. He became assistant treasurer at corporate headquarters in 2000.

Graybar is a distributor of electrical, telecommunications and networking products. Graybar is based in St. Louis, MO. www.graybar.com

BICSI U.S. Southeast Region Meeting

Please accept this invitation to the BICSI U.S. Southeast Region Meeting on Friday, October 28, 2005, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. There is no charge for this meeting. BICSI members, members of related organizations, and anyone interested in learning about BICSI are welcome to attend. BICSI members who bring a nonmember are eligible for a special door prize drawing.

This region meeting will be held at the Twin City Quarter - Marriott, 425 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27101, telephone: 336-725-3500. Directions are available on the hotel's Web site: http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/intmc

The Twin City Quarter- Marriott Hotel is offering a special room rate of $99.00 plus tax per night for a standard room. Reservations must be made by October 6, 2005 in the BICSI room block to receive this special room rate.

This meeting has been awarded BICSI continuing education credits (CECs) toward the renewal of the following BICSI designations: four (4) BICSI CECs for RCDD, one (1) BICSI CEC for RCDD/NTS Specialty, and four (4) BICSI CECs for ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician.

A special Thank You goes to the following companies for their generous donations and support: Agilent Technologies, Beast Cabling Systems, Clifford Of Vermont, GS Metals-Flextray, Hilti, Inc., Hitachi Cable Manchester, Inc., Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., OFS, The Heritage Plastics Group. http://www.bicsi.org/Content/Index.aspx?File=05lenexaKSregmtg.htm

NAED RELEASES 2005-2006 CONFERENCE & MEETING SCHEDULE

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)'s 2005-2006 conference and meeting itinerary is now available. As the primary source for industry training, research, and networking, the association encourages its distributor members, manufacturers and their representatives, service providers, and other affiliate companies to participate in NAED meetings.

The 2005-2006 NAED Conference Schedule:

NAED Annual Meeting, April 22-26, 2006, Orlando, Fla. (registration opens in January)-The Annual Meeting, held this year at the Marriott World Center, is the only event that unites the entire industry, connecting electrical distributors with the top executives of 225-plus manufacturers. The meeting features peer networking groups, sessions on the channel's most pressing issues and workshops hosted by leading experts. NAED members can also participate in special events like TED Magazine's Best of the Best Awards Banquet, Women in Industry Luncheon, and an All-Industry Closing Event.

NAED Regional Conferences provide both distributors and suppliers with opportunities to attend workshops, share best practices and fortify professional relationships within their region. This year's conferences offer a "Q&A Mentoring Session with Industry Leaders," moderated by consultant and columnist Joe Salimando, and an all new "Manufacturer Training Workshop on Distributor Profitability." In addition, attendees can continue the industry-wide discussion on Special Price Authorizations (SPAs) introduced during the 2004-2005 conferences with "SPA Implementation & Certification Panel."

  • Eastern Region Conference, Nov. 2-5, 2005, Palm Desert, Calif. (registration currently open)-Highly acclaimed NASA Astronaut Captain Jerry Linenger will deliver the Eastern Region keynote address at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. In 1997, Linenger spent 132 days upon the Russian space station MIR, one of the most harrowing space exploration missions in history, and is the author of two bestselling books about his experiences: "Off the Planet" and "Letters from MIR: An Astronaut's Letters to His Son." He will help conference participants build teamwork, fine-tune problem solving skills and enhance communication at their respective companies.
  • Western Region Conference, Jan. 11-14, 2006, San Diego, Calif. (registration opens in October)-Located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, this conference features Rulon Gardner, U.S. Olympic Wrestling Champion, as the keynote presenter. In 2000, Gardner, a virtual unknown, inspired sports enthusiasts worldwide when he attained Olympic gold at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. That same year, after defeating Alexander Karelin, Russia's three-time Olympic champion, Gardner was also named U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year and presented with the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award. During his presentation, "Never Give Up, Never Stop Trying: 7 Stops to Success," he will show why unwavering determination is the real key to achieving any goal-whether personal or professional.
  • South-Central Conference, Feb. 22-25, 2006, Orlando, Fla. (registration opens in November)-Keynote speaker Ron Jaworski, a former NFL quarterback, will parallel the lessons learned from the sports arena to succeeding in the business world at the Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Studios. Beginning in 1973, Jaworski spent 17 years setting records and attaining victory for the Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, and Kansas City Chiefs. His impressive career comprises of an NFC Championship, bringing the Eagles to the 1980 Super Bowl, being selected for the Pro Bowl, and attaining a total of 28,190 passing yards and 179 touchdowns. Jaworski, currently an NFL Analyst for ESPN, also was nominated for a 1996 Emmy Award for his excellence in broadcasting, Eagles Game Live.

NAED Niche Meetings are developed for specific groups and individuals within the distribution channel, regardless of location. These specialized networking opportunities offer roundtable discussions, best practices and problem-solving sessions.

  • Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Conference, July 27-30, 2006, Lake Tahoe, Calif. - This conference helps emerging leaders throughout the industry build managerial skills, benefit from the expertise of channel leaders, and network with and learn from their peers. The 2006 gathering, sponsored by NAED's Your Emerging Talent (YET) Committee, will be held at the Lake Tahoe Resort at Squaw Creek in California.
  • AdVenture Sales & Marketing Conference, Aug. 13-15, 2006, Chicago, Ill. - Held at the Chicago Hyatt Regency, this year's meeting will feature the latest in industry research and development while building upon current marketing and sales strategies utilized throughout the channel.

NAED Marketing Area Meetings are local professional development opportunities which provide a wider range of NAED member and affiliate employees with the same training and networking opportunities offered at the regional and national levels.

  • Missouri River Club Conference, Oct. 2-4, 2005
    Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Mo.
  • Mid-Atlantic States Conference, Oct. 27-29, 2005
    Ballantyne Resort, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Lake Michigan Club Holiday Party, Dec. 7, 2005
    Oak Brook Marriott, Oak Brook, Ill.
  • Gulf Coast Conference, April 6-9, 2006
    Hilton Sandestin Beach, Destin, FL

www.naed.org

Anixter sets Special Dividend of $4 Per Share

Anixter International Inc. (AXE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) , a distributor of electronic cable for the communications industry, said on Friday it would pay a special dividend of $4 a share to return excess cash to investors. The dividend is payable on Oct. 31 to shareholders of record on Oct. 14.

Anixter said it has worked over the past few years to cut debt and grow through nearly $275 million in acquisitions in the fasteners and small components sectors. It said it feels it now has excess cash on its books, which it will distribute to shareholders in the form of the special dividend. www.anixter.com

The Greater Kansas City BICSI Breakfast Club

The first BICSI networking and educational event for RCDDs


October 21, 2005

Location: Radisson Hotel Lenexa - Overland Park

7:30 Sign-in and network

8:30 Breakfast (buffet)

9:00 Greeting, Introductions, Why Are We Here?

James Ray Craig, RCDD/NTS, South-Central Region Director

9:15 Presentation-

Ed Wassall, Anixter "Video Surveillance In The IP Age"

10:00 Open Forum - whilst collecting feedback forms for door prize 10:15 Raffle and network

This free event is aimed specifically at the needs of RCDDs.

Space at this event is limited and demand for BICSI events is always high so its strictly first come first served!

BICSI Continuing Educational Credits (CECs) will be awarded for this event.

Special thanks to Anixter for sponsoring the breakfast and to Ray Craig and Anixter for the door prizes.

A great opportunity to get connected

Please fax back your intention to attend to: Jeff Beavers

785-864-9330 (fax) or e-mail: j-beavers@ku.edu

I wish to attend the BICSI Breakfast Club on October 21, 2005.
Member Name: ____________________________________________________
Company: ________________________________________________________
E-Mail Address: _________________________________________________
Telephone Contact: ______________________________________________

What's New @ NECA?

NECA Recognizes Manufacturers Association As Industry Partner


09-22-05 -- Although Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath cancelled NECA's Convention which had been scheduled for September 17-20 in New Orleans, we were not about to forego an important and much-anticipated highlight of that annual event - the presentation of national awards. These honors were bestowed at the Industry Leaders Dinner held in conjunction with our Board of Governors Meeting, which was swiftly relocated to Chicago.
Following is the text of the award citation presented to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, recipient of the 2005 NECA Industry Partner Award.
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The NECA Industry Partner Award recognizes those organizations or individuals that, though not members of the National Electrical Contractors Association, contribute to the electrical contracting industry's success through their decisions, actions, or cooperation with NECA. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association is awarded this honor on the basis of decades of reciprocal cooperation and the promise of ongoing mutual support and friendship.
Created in 1926 by the merger of the Electric Power Club and the Associated Manufacturers of Electrical Supplies, NEMA today represents more than 400 member companies - large, medium, and small businesses that manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. NEMA is dedicated to improving the business climate for its members and provides a substantial array of services to accomplish this goal. In as much as this organization contributes to the success of electrical manufacturers, it helps build reliable suppliers for contractors and dependable partners for NECA in such ventures as the annual NECA Show and in many other pursuits.
NEMA has made numerous other contributions to the electrical industry which have earned NECA's respect. These include collecting, analyzing, and disseminating reliable industry data and publishing more than 500 technical standards providing for standardization of electrical equipment. The association also promotes the development of new electro-technologies. This work helps ensure that electrical contractors and the customers they serve have access to a vast range of safe, effective, and compatible electrical products.
NEMA is also active in shaping public policy in the best interest of the electrical industry and serves as an industry advocate and watchdog with respect to legislative and regulatory affairs. A recent example of the association's work in this regard can be seen in the development of federal legislation to curtail the counterfeiting of electrical equipment and components and other products.
NECA and NEMA interact in a number of ways. For example, both are represented on Electrical Code Coalitions which are active at the state or local level to promote adoption of the National Electrical Code and the rejection of conflicting codes. Both organizations work with the Electrical Safety Foundation International and in similar initiatives that strive to boost accident-free use of electricity. And, such NEMA offshoots as the National Lighting Bureau have served NECA as marketing partners for many years. More recently, NECA and NEMA have teamed up directly in the development of National Electrical Installation Standards. This collaboration has already brought forth NECA/NEMA 105-2002, Recommended Practice for Installing Metal Cable Tray Systems and NECA/NEMA 605, Nonmetallic Underground Utility Duct.
Thus, there are many reasons why NEMA qualifies for the NECA Industry Partner Award. However, what this award most accurately reflects is NECA's simple desire to pay homage to a major, long-time leader in the electrical industry.

Political-Savvy Electrical Contractors Convene For Annual Summit

09-22-05 -- Our Political Leadership Council, an organization within NECA that is designed to help integrate political action and member involvement, celebrated its 2nd Annual Summit earlier this month in Washington, D.C. There, some of the association's member contractors who are highly committed to a vigorous government affairs program discussed politics, received top-level briefings, and met with senators and representatives.
PLC contractors were enthusiastic about the significant visible increase in NECA's influence they've seen in their contacts with members of Congress. They discussed moving forward and taking a personal role in developing our expanding Constituent Action Program, as well as making a major outreach to NECA's large corporate members for their increased participation in our government affairs effort.
During the well-attended meeting, which was headquartered at Washington's elegant Mandarin Oriental Hotel, seven representatives and one senator joined the PLC members for dinner and refreshments in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The event culminated in the presentation of NECA's 2005 Legislative Leadership Award to House Small Business Committee Chairman Don Manzullo (R-16-IL) for his efforts to halt unfair utility competition.
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-32-TX) gave the keynote address at the opening gathering. His remarks focused on constituent action and the importance NECA plays in educating members of Congress, as well as his efforts to eliminate taxes that act as bars to entrepreneurial growth. Following the opening dinner, Congressman Sessions led members of the PLC on an enthusiastic two-hour "moonlight tour" of the U.S. Capitol building. (PLC contractors caught a glimpse of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as he walked by following a Cabinet briefing to Congress on the impact of Hurricane Katrina, which had occurred just days before.)
The next day of the Summit included a briefing from the "Special Assistant to the President" and Deputy Director of Political Affairs Tim Griffin on the administration's plans for assisting in the rebuilding of New Orleans and other administration priorities. National Federation of Independent Businesses Senior Manager on Legislative Affairs Ryan Peebles followed with a status report on permanent repeal of the estate tax, which is likely to be put on hold until 2006 due to the high cost of Gulf Coast relief and recovery.
NECA Government Affairs Director Robert L. White and Government Affairs Representative Laina Hamilton discussed recent legislative victories and outlined NECA's legislative agenda for the coming months. Constituent Action Coordinator Jeff Kohmstedt briefed PLC members on the pilot program meetings in North Texas and New Mexico. In addition, PLC members received an inside look at Washington politics from political insider and pundit Charlie Cook during lunch.
The Summit wrapped up with a tour of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' new headquarters office hosted by IBEW International President Ed Hill, followed by the Legislative Leadership Award Dinner.

NECA & IBEW United In Supporting "Two-Strikes" Requirement

09-26-05 -- Among the proposals pertaining to labor relations approved by NECA's Board of Governors at its recent annual meeting is a tough new policy on dealing with employees who have been repeatedly discharged from construction jobs. The governors also reauthorized the charter of the 10-year-old NECA-IBEW National Labor-Management Cooperation Committee and directed NECA to pursue further negotiations with the union pertaining to the referral of applicants for employment.

"Two-Strikes" Program Widely Praised

Each of NECA's 120 chapters in the U.S. serves as the unit representing management interests in collective bargaining with the corresponding local unions of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Since 1999, the chapters and locals could, at their discretion, adopt optional labor agreement language requiring that an electrical worker who has been discharged for cause three times in a twelve month period be examined by a neutral party to determine what corrective action may be necessary before that individual may return to the referral list for future jobs.
However, the policy approved by NECA's governors is more stringent. It reduces the triggering event from three discharges to two and also elevates the language from optional to "Category I," meaning that it will henceforth be required in all IBEW-NECA labor agreements as they come up for renewal. The specific text follows:
"An applicant who is discharged for cause two times within a 12-month period shall be referred to the neutral member of the Appeals Committee for a determination as to the applicant´s continued eligibility for referral.
"The neutral member of the Appeals Committee shall, within three business days, review the qualifications of the applicant and the reasons for the discharges.
"The neutral member of the Appeals Committee may, in his or her sole discretion: (1) require the applicant to obtain further training from the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee before again being eligible for referral; (2) disqualify the applicant for referral for a period of four weeks, or longer, depending on the seriousness of the conduct and/or repetitive nature of the conduct; (3) refer the applicant to an employee assistance program, if available, for evaluation and recommended action; or (4) restore the applicant to his/her appropriate place on the referral list."
This change was previously agreed to by executives from both NECA and the IBEW who met over several months to determine what joint actions to pursue in order to improve labor productivity and increase market share. Shortly before NECA's governors convened in Chicago earlier this month, IBEW International President Ed Hill announced that a local agreement will not be approved by the international union unless this language is included verbatim. And, the governors' vote make it official and industry wide.
According to President Hill, this new policy addresses what the union considers are the small percentage of the members in construction who are not meeting productivity expectations because of absenteeism, tardiness, inadequate job skills, or a general lack of cooperation. Interviews with union contractors categorize their IBEW electricians as follows, Hill said: 15 percent are "top notch producers," 70 percent are "solid contributors," and the remaining 15 percent are "on cruise control, looking for the path of least resistance, content to let others carry their load." The poor work habits of the bottom 15 percent "infect" the rest of the group and "drag down" the union´s overall reputation, Hill said. "When a few workers don´t produce, it gets noticed and we all pay the price."
Reaction to the new NECA-IBEW "two-strikes" program has been favorable among other building trade unions. Several have shown interest in replicating it within their own industries, including the International Union of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters, the Painters and Allied Trades, and the Sheet Metal Workers.
The owners' community is also taking notice. For example, Gregory Sizemore, executive vice president for the Construction Users Roundtable, said major corporate owners commend IBEW and NECA for their "leadership in improving productivity in this important craft sector. Unquestionably, this will positively impact the value proposition for owners who do union construction." www.necanet.org

Corning Cable Systems Introduces Cabinet for FTTH Installations with Dramatically Reduced Size and Weight

Reduced-size OptiTect™ Premier Cabinet enables users to reduce cost of deployment

Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Incorporated's (GLW:NYSE) Telecommunications segment, introduces the OptiTect™ Premier Cabinet, an innovative local convergence point cabinet featuring a much smaller size and weight than traditional cabinets.

Corning continues to develop innovative products and solutions for the access market, and as optical fiber and the related equipment move closer to the home, there has been a desire to make the equipment smaller, less intrusive, faster and easier to install. The reduction in size and weight of the OptiTect Premier Cabinet enables users to reduce their cost of deployment by facilitating the municipal zoning process, lowering transportation and storage costs, requiring less equipment and personnel for installing, and improving outside plant network aesthetics.

In developing the OptiTect Premier Cabinet, Corning Cable Systems utilized its leadership position in both cabling and hardware technology. The cabinet's reduced size and weight was made possible through a variety of innovations, including the optimization of fiber management, development of smaller splitter modules and reduced module leg length.

The OptiTect Premier Cabinet is currently available with 144-, 288- or 432-subscriber capacities. The cabinet's reduced size and weight was achieved while keeping all the optical and mechanical performance attributes of Corning Cable Systems' OptiTect Advantage.

Corning Cable Systems Introduces Industry-Leading Cabinet with Dramatically Reduced Size and Weight
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Cabinet family, a full line of factory-terminated cabinets that reduce installation time and deployment costs.

Through its Evolant® Solutions for Access Networks, Corning Cable Systems offers specialized portfolios of innovative products and services that enable customers to cost-effectively deploy fiber in the last mile. Corning Cable Systems will be featuring the OptiTect™ Premier Cabinet and its Evolant Solutions for Access Networks in its booth (#305) at the 2005 FTTH Conference, Oct. 3-6 in Las Vegas. www.corning.com/cablesystems

HellermannTyton Announces New Identification Solutions Catalog

HellermannTyton, a global leader in innovative identification solutions, introduces its Identification Solutions catalog. This FREE catalog includes HellermannTyton's label creation software, thermal transfer printers, and computer printable labels - thermal transfer, laser, ink jet and dot matrix. The labeling system works together to deliver maximum performance, increase quality and efficiencies - while lowering labor and material costs. Identification solutions featured in the catalog include:
TagPrint™ Pro label creation and printing software that is extremely easy to use, powerful, multi-functional and can be used with HellermannTyton's wide array of label options including laser, ink jet, dot matrix and thermal transfer printable labels..
ShrinkTrak™ heat shrinkable markers for wire and cable which are military specified and designed with side slits for easier application. ShrinkTrak's high performance design also results in superior print performance and a smooth flow through thermal transfer printers.
Durattach label and ribbon combination which achieves the most permanent mark in the industry.
A wide selection of thermal transfer, laser, and ink jet printable labels in high performance materials. www.hellermann.tyton.com

BOMA International's Hurricane Katrina Resource Center

BOMA International has taken action in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to provide aid to the commercial real estate industry in their recovery effort by assembling the Hurricane Katrina Resource Center. We are accepting donations through the BOMA International Foundation to provide financial support to those regions ravaged by the storm. 100 percent of all contributions will be used to aid our real estate partners in the affected areas. We encourage members and other individuals to donate funds, services and resources to help those in need. Use the Resource Center's clearing house database to post and locate available office space, jobs, housing and rebuilding services. http://www.boma.org/hurricanekatrina.htm

Preformed Line Products Announces Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors of Preformed Line Products (Nasdaq: PLPC - News) on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 declared a regular quarterly dividend in the amount of $.20 per share on the Company's common shares, payable October 27, 2005 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 3, 2005.

Founded in 1947, Preformed Line Products is an international designer and manufacturer of products and systems employed in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground networks for energy, communications and broadband network companies.

Preformed's world headquarters are in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Company operates three domestic manufacturing centers, located in Rogers, Arkansas, Albemarle, North Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina. The Company serves its worldwide market through international operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and Thailand. www.preformed.com

Hitachi Adopts RoHS Standards

Hitachi Cable Manchester (HCM) has taken a giant step forward in ensuring a cleaner, safer environment for the future. HCM is one of the first cable manufacturers in the world to adopt the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Regulations, typically referred to as RoHS, in the manufacture of all its copper and fiber optic communication cables.

RoHS, which originated in Europe, sets guidelines regarding the use of certain substances in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). The RoHS regulations ban the sale of EEE in Europe that contain more than a well defined level of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). The RoHS directive, also known as EU Directive 2002/95/EG will become mandatory in Europe on July 1st, 2006. In the United States, California has already crafted their own version of the standard (SB20), and it will become law in 2007. Twenty other states are currently drafting their own bills regarding the restriction of these substances and more are certain to follow.

In choosing to adopt the RoHS regulations early, Michael Gallant, Vice President of Quality and Administration said, "There really wasn't a reason to wait regarding the implementation of RoHS. If a positive environmental impact could be achieved by becoming RoHS compliant, we wanted to do so as quickly as possible. Our customers can be confident that they are installing not only one of the finest cables on the market, but one that's RoHS compliant as well."

For a complete listing of HCM cable products, please visit www.hcm.hitachi.com.

Electronics Supply & Manufacturing NetSeminar will Address a Number of Issues Relating to RoHS

Electronics Supply & Manufacturing would like to invite you to the following interactive learning experience: What's in your product? RoHS, materials declarations and your liability risk.

The European Union's RoHS Directive requires companies to certify that their products are free of hazardous materials as of July, 2006. OEMs, EMS providers and suppliers face a number of challenges as they prepare for this deadline, but perhaps the biggest is gathering information from all their suppliers on the hazardous materials content of each component.

Join Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Editor-in-Chief Bruce Rayner and a panel of top goverment and industry experts as they answer your questions on RoHS and your materials declaration options, including the latest on the IPC-1752 standard declarations forms.

This NetSeminar will address a number of issues relating to RoHS including:

  • What are the reporting requirements for companies that place product on the market in the 25 EU countries?
  • How will the RoHS directive be enforced and who will be liable for non-compliance
  • What's the status of the IPC-1752 standard for reporting hazardous materials content?

Corning Cable Systems Fiber Pedestals Granted RUS Acceptance

Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Incorporated's Telecommunications segment, has been granted Rural Utilities Service (RUS) acceptance for its Versatile Access Pedestal and OptiDrop™ Pedestal families. The RUS, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers loans and grants in order to increase the rate of deployment of technology to small towns in rural areas. RUS acceptance allows service providers to purchase the pedestals with these funds.

Corning Cable Systems OptiDrop Pedestals are optimized for optical access architectures, allowing cost-effective installation with savings in labor and consumables. The craft-friendly pedestals are easily re-enterable for future expansion and are available for both below-grade and aerial applications. The standard pedestal is molded from a plastic resin specifically designed to resist impact, ultraviolet and environmental degradation.

The Corning Cable Systems Versatile Access Pedestal (VPED) is a flame, impact and UV-resistant housing designed to provide mounting facilities and security for copper and fiber optic cable splicing and termination in a buried plant environment. The pedestal can be stake-mounted, pole-mounted or self-supported with the optional integral stake feature.

The pedestals are listed in the "List of Materials Acceptable for Use on Telecommunications Systems of RUS Borrowers." The complete list of products can be found at www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/index.htm. www.corning.com/cablesystems

Belden CDT Inc. Announces Appointment of John S. Stroup to Position of President, CEO and Director

Two Directors Retire From the Board


Belden CDT Inc. (NYSE: BDC - News) announced that John S. Stroup has been appointed president, CEO and director effective October 31, 2005. He replaces C. Baker Cunningham who announced in May his decision to retire.

Mr. Stroup, who is 39, joins Belden CDT from Danaher Corporation where he presently serves as group executive of Danaher Motion, a $1.1 billion revenue business engaged in the development and application of precision motor control solutions targeted at the medical, factory automation, aerospace, defense, and transportation markets, a post to which he was named in 2003. He joined Danaher in 2000 as vice president, business development for Danaher's Motion Group. In 2001, he was appointed president of the Kollmorgen Industrial and Commercial Division, and, shortly thereafter, was named president of General Purpose Systems, the largest segment within the motion platform.

Bryan Cressey, Belden CDT's chairman of the board, said, "We're excited about John's decision to join our company. His background includes general management, marketing and operational experience in both U.S. and international environments. He has a remarkable record of transforming businesses through organic growth, acquisitions and expansion into global markets. His experience and understanding of the international marketplace will be a significant asset to our strategic growth."

Mr. Cressey commented further, "We are confident that John will continue to build upon the benefits evident from the July 2004 merger of Belden Inc. and Cable Design Technologies Corp. He shares our commitment and enthusiasm in creating the industry's leading combination of highly engineered cable and connectivity solutions."

Prior to joining Danaher, Mr. Stroup was vice president of marketing and general manager with Scientific Technologies Incorporated, a position he held since 1998. In this role he was responsible for all corporate marketing and international sales activities for STI's safeguarding business, as well as general management of STI's Specialty Automation business. Prior to joining STI, Mr. Stroup spent the previous 10 years in sales and marketing positions for Parker Hannifin's Compumotor Division and Rockwell Automation.

Mr. Stroup earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in 1988 and his M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business in 1994.

On October 31, 2005, Mr. Stroup will be awarded a combination of stock option and restricted stock unit awards to compensate him for the "in the money" value of his unvested options and unvested restricted stock that he will forfeit upon leaving Danaher and as a further inducement to join Belden CDT. The options will have an exercise price equal to the average of the high and low of Belden CDT stock on October 31, 2005, will vest in equal installments over three years, and will expire in ten years. The options will be for a number of shares equal to $3 million divided by the fair market value of Belden CDT shares on October 31, 2005 times a factor of 3. The restricted stock units will be for a number of shares equal to $3 million divided by the fair market value of Belden CDT shares on the same day. The restricted stock units will cliff vest in five years and be paid in Belden CDT stock upon vesting. Additional provisions will apply in the event of employment termination or a change of control in the Company.

"We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to Baker Cunningham and Fred Kuznik as they retire from the board," said Mr. Cressey. "Baker has been a vital contributor to Belden CDT's success, both as the chairman, president and CEO of Belden Inc. and, more recently, as president and CEO of the combined Belden and CDT organizations. Under his leadership, Belden grew from a $366 million company in 1992 to a company with revenues in excess of $800 million prior to the merger. We wish Baker well in his retirement.

"Fred has been an integral member of the Belden and CDT management teams, first as a member of the Board of Directors of CDT and then as CEO of CDT during a very difficult business climate for the wire and cable industry. He was instrumental in the planning and execution of the successful integration strategy for the Belden and Cable Design Technologies merger. We thank him for his leadership and contributions," Mr. Cressey concluded. http://www.beldencdt.com

Corning Cable Systems Fiber Pedestals Granted RUS Acceptance

Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Incorporated's Telecommunications segment, has been granted Rural Utilities Service (RUS) acceptance for its Versatile Access Pedestal and OptiDrop™ Pedestal families. The RUS, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers loans and grants in order to increase the rate of deployment of technology to small towns in rural areas. RUS acceptance allows service providers to purchase the pedestals with these funds.

Corning Cable Systems OptiDrop Pedestals are optimized for optical access architectures, allowing cost-effective installation with savings in labor and consumables. The craft-friendly pedestals are easily re-enterable for future expansion and are available for both below-grade and aerial applications. The standard pedestal is molded from a plastic resin specifically designed to resist impact, ultraviolet and environmental degradation.

The Corning Cable Systems Versatile Access Pedestal (VPED) is a flame, impact and UV-resistant housing designed to provide mounting facilities and security for copper and fiber optic cable splicing and termination in a buried plant environment. The pedestal can be stake-mounted, pole-mounted or self-supported with the optional integral stake feature.

The pedestals are listed in the "List of Materials Acceptable for Use on Telecommunications Systems of RUS Borrowers." The complete list of products can be found at www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/index.htm.

The Versatile Access Pedestal and OptiDrop Pedestal families are part of Corning Cable

Corning Cable Systems Fiber Pedestals Granted RUS Acceptance

Systems Evolant® Solutions. Through its Evolant Solutions for Access Networks, Corning Cable Systems offers specialized portfolios of innovative products and services that enable customers to cost-effectively deploy fiber in the last mile. Evolant Solutions for Access Networks encompasses state-of-the-art products that reduce the cost of deployment and increase the networks efficiency and reliability. www.corning.com/cablesystems

What's In Your Product? - RoHS, Materials Declarations & Your Liability Risk

Electronics Supply & Manufacturing would like to invite you to the following interactive learning experience: What's in your product? RoHS, materials declarations and your liability risk.

The European Union's RoHS Directive requires companies to certify that their products are free of hazardous materials as of July, 2006. OEMs, EMS providers and suppliers face a number of challenges as they prepare for this deadline, but perhaps the biggest is gathering information from all their suppliers on the hazardous materials content of each component.

Join Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Editor-in-Chief Bruce Rayner and a panel of top goverment and industry experts as they answer your questions on RoHS and your materials declaration options, including the latest on the IPC-1752 standard declarations forms.

This NetSeminar will address a number of issues relating to RoHS including:

What are the reporting requirements for companies that place product on the market in the 25 EU countries?
How will the RoHS directive be enforced and who will be liable for non-compliance?
What's the status of the IPC-1752 standard for reporting hazardous materials content?

If you encounter any problems registering above, use your personalized webpage: http://www.cmpnetseminars.com/tsg/?K=AR1011&Q=281&M=E&ID=001027788

IEC National Names Brian Worth Vice President of Government Affairs

The National office of the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) is pleased to announce that Brian Worth has been appointed Vice President of Government Affairs. As the Vice President of Government Affairs, Worth will be responsible for the Association's lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill.

"I am pleased to welcome Brian Worth to the position of Vice President of Government Affairs," said Larry Mullins, IEC National Executive Vice President. "With his background in both the Bush Administration and Capitol Hill, he has a solid perspective on how to run a government affairs operation."

Worth joins IEC after serving as the Assistant Administrator for Congressional and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this capacity, Worth was responsible for promoting and implementing the Administration's budget in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Worth previously served as a Legislative Assistant handling a wide range of policy issues, including business, banking, tax, labor, veteran affairs, and agriculture for Congressman David Hobson (R-OH).

In joining the IEC team, Worth is looking forward to combining these two backgrounds and effectively advancing the IEC agenda. "IEC has traditionally been the voice of the hard-working men and women in the merit shop electrical industry, and I am proud to have the opportunity to represent them here in Washington," said Worth.

Worth was graduated from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, in 1999, with degrees in Political Science and History.

Established in 1957, IEC is a trade association made up of more than 3,200 members with 74 chapters nationwide. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., IEC is the nation's premier trade association representing America's independent electrical and systems contractors. IEC National aggressively works with the industry to establish a competitive environment for the merit shop - a philosophy that promotes the concept of free enterprise, open competition and economic opportunity for all. For more information, contact Marlise Drischler, Public Relations Manager at (703) 549-7351, or via email: mdrischler@ieci.org.

FSR Updates their Floor Box Brochure with New Boxes and Specifications

FSR, the leading manufacturer of floor, wall and table boxes has expanded the full color floor box brochure. The addition of the RFL-AV boxes and the FL 200/FL300 boxes, and listings of major installation sights make this brochure an important piece of literature for any complete A/V or Electronics Library. UL Ratings on any of our boxes can be found on our website in the "Document Library" tab, under Floor Boxes.

For your copy of the new Floor Box Brochure with actual installation sights or for a data sheet on any of the new floor, wall or table boxes, or information on the complete line of FSR products, visit our website, www.fsrinc.com.

CommScope to Close Alabama Plant

CommScope to Shut Alabama Cable Plant to Cut Costs, Improve Competitive Position


CommScope Inc., a maker of fiber-optic and other cables, on Thursday said it plans to close an Alabama plant to cut costs and boost its competitive position.

The company also said it is considering "strategic options" for its telephone central office business, while redistributing production among global operations and tightening up manufacturing processes.

CommScope said it will shift broadband cable production at its Scottsboro, Ala., facility to its Catawba, N.C., plant and into other unspecified international locations. The Alabama plant employs about 185 people and is scheduled to be shut down late next year.

The company said it expects the move to save an estimated $35 million to $40 million each year before taxes by 2007. CommScope said it also intends to consolidate operations at its Omaha, Neb., plant that makes enterprise cables, and will source production instead from lower cost facilities in North Carolina. About 185 people work at the Omaha factory, and some may be offered jobs.

The plan is expected to cost between $38 million and $45 million before taxes -- including $22 million to $25 million in impairment charges to be recorded mostly in the third quarter, with the rest recorded between October and June 2006. CommScope said it would spend about $10 million to $12 million over the next year and a half to implement the plan.

Shares of CommScope closed up 33 cents at $19.03 on the New York Stock Exchange. www.commscope.com

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Belden CDT to restructure in Europe, take charges

NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Electronic cable manufacturer Belden CDT Inc on Sept 29, 2005 said it will cut manufacturing floor space and overhead in its European operations in 2006 and said it was re-examining being in the British copper telecom cable market.

Belden said it expected restructuring charges of $23 million before tax, to be taken over the next year starting in the third quarter of 2005. The company also said its operating margins were under pressure due to rising copper prices.

http://yahoo.reuters.com/financeQuoteCompanyNewsArticle.jhtml?duid=mtfh24353_2005-09-29_11-43-15_wen0041_newsml

Beast Cabling Systems Introduces The Beast III

Beast Cabling Systems, innovator of systems and processes that result in more efficient and more durable installation of cable, today announced availability of its next generation cabling installation management tool-The Beast III.

As with previous generations of The Beast™, The Beast III is a portable system that separates, organizes, meters, and labels cable off the reel or out of the box. The Beast III enables pulling of cable into cable pathways, conserving time and materials, reducing errors, and ensuring uniform installation practices for any crew on any job.

The Beast III offers a new design that makes it a more versatile cable installation management tool for contractors. The new system is portable even loaded with cable. It holds up to twelve 1,000 foot spools or boxes, or eight 3,000 foot spools, on a compact frame that measures 31" w x 49" l x 48" h with large locking wheels. A wheeled add-on allows The Beast III to handle up to eighteen 1,000 foot spools or twelve 3,000 foot spools.

Previous versions of The Beast, which hold up to 48 spools of cable, are portable only when stored between jobs, without spools or boxes mounted, and were designed primarily for new construction. With The Beast III, contractors have a tool that supports not just new construction projects, but also ongoing moves, adds, and changes that often require a smaller number of cables and smaller distances to run.

"The Beast III is a truly portable system that offers contractors a new way to save time and money on the job," said Greg Bramham, vice president of business development for Beast Cabling Systems. "It can be stored and wheeled around a building fully loaded with spools, which makes it perfectly suited to support moves, adds changes as well as construction projects with fewer cables to more drops," said Bramham.

When used in conjunction with The Wirewolf™ and The Claw™ from Beast Cabling Systems, The Beast III offers important benefits to contractors, building owners, and cable manufacturers:

  • Contractors save time, encounter less waste, and cause fewer errors on the job-resulting in work that is under budget and ahead of schedule.
  • Owners receive a network infrastructure that will have a longer service life. Moves, adds and changes are easier and less costly to perform.
  • Enhanced, uniform installation practices offer cable manufacturers the prospect of fewer warranty claims due to cable performance.

"Installation management tools such as The Beast III enable consistent, efficient installations from every crew on every job. At the same time, it helps the contractor save on materials and labor while handling today's higher-bandwidth cables according to manufacturer's specs," said Bramham. "At the end of the day, everyone wins-the contractor, the owner, and the cable manufacturer." www.thebeast.us www.beastcablingsystems.com

Stories from Environmental Building News

Environmental Building News Offers Ten-Point Plan for Rebuilding New Orleans
Alex Wilson

Brattleboro, VT, October 4, 2005 - In an in-depth editorial in the October, 2005, issue of Environmental Building News (EBN), BuildingGreen president and EBN executive editor Alex Wilson lays out a bold plan for how to approach the reconstruction of New Orleans in a way that protects the environment while respecting the city's culture and the well-being of its residents. Only twice before in our history-with the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and with the San Francisco earthquake of 1906-has this nation faced such wholesale reconstruction of a city. The rebuilding of New Orleans offers an opportunity to address sustainability on a scale that has not been tried before.
en tried before.

http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=141002a.xml

See Y'all in Atlanta!
From the Editors

BuildingGreen, Inc., will be participating actively in the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild Expo and Conference in Atlanta this November. Both Nadav Malin and Alex Wilson will be presenting conference sessions, and Nadav will be part of a special preconference workshop on environmentally preferable products. Also, BuildingGreen will follow tradition by announcing the 2005 Top-10 Green Product Awards, recognizing the most exciting products added to the GreenSpec Directory during the past year.

http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=141002b.xml

Ice Bear:
Thermal Energy Storage for Smaller Buildings

Alex Wilson

Ice-based thermal energy storage systems have long been attractive to utility companies as a way to reduce peak loads on the electric power grid, and to commercial building owners as a way to save money. But the technology has been slow to catch on and generally limited to large buildings that use chillers. The Ice Bear™, introduced commercially in January 2005 by Ice Energy, LLC, may speed the adoption of thermal energy storage by extending the application to smaller buildings.

http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=141010a.xml

AIA Task Force Seeks to Define Institute's Sustainability Agenda
Nadav Malin

After leading the building industry in the pursuit of sustainable design in the early 1990s, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) turned its attention elsewhere and stood by as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with its LEED® Rating System, became the movement's dominant voice. But interest in green building keeps growing, and AIA found itself in need of a position and agenda in relation to sustainability. To address that need, AIA convened a "Sustainable Building Standards Policy Summit" on July 25 and 26, 2005, at which a task force heard presentations from various stakeholders and developed recommendations to the board of directors on AIA's role in relation to sustainable design.

http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=140902b.xml

Bush Signs Energy Policy Act of 2005
Alex Wilson

Also online, an editorial by EBN Executive Editor Alex Wilson calls the new Energy Policy Act a "colossal failure." http://www.buildinggreen.com/policy/energy-act.cfm

On August 8, President George Bush signed into law the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the first national energy plan in more than a decade. "I'm confident that one day Americans will look back on this bill as a vital step toward a more secure and more prosperous nation that is less dependent on foreign sources of energy," Bush said in a signing ceremony. Not everyone agrees with this rosy assessment, however. Almost unanimously decried by the environmental community, the act will save only about 2% of U.S. energy use in 2020, according to the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, while offering hefty subsidies for the fossil fuel and nuclear industries.

http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=140903a.xml

Newly Empowered Chapters Help USGBC Accept Trade Associations
Nadav Malin

On August 9, 2005, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it has amended its bylaws to accept trade associations as full members. This decision reverses an action taken in the spring of 2004 (see EBN Vol. 13, No. 6), when the board of directors voted to retain the exclusion of trade associations. It opens the door for the Council to become formally accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a standards-setting body. Behind this change, however, is another story-about how the Council's national office has a new understanding of the power, and value, of its chapters.

http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=140904a.xml

Sloan Uppercut Dual-Flush Flushometer Valve
Alex Wilson

Dual-flush technology, which provides water savings in some gravity-flush (primarily residential) toilets in North America, is now available for commercial applications. The Sloan Valve Company has just introduced the Uppercut™ flushometer, with a dual-flush handle for liquid or solid wastes. Pull the handle up to flush liquid wastes (and paper), or push it down to flush solid wastes. The flushometer uses 1.6 gallons (6 liters) of water for each standard flush and 1.1 gallons (4 liters) for each water-saving flush.

http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=140909a.xml

******* From Environmental Building News, www.BuildingGreen.com ********

Carlini's Comments

Google Wi-Fi Now Aims to Make Wired Infrastructure Obsolete


Google has announced a wireless infrastructure for San Francisco that would obsolete the wired infrastructure for delivering Internet services.

In trying to build up the viability of San Francisco, though, Google may incur some lawsuits from SBC, Comcast and other incumbent carriers. This endeavor was widely reported across the media. Here's a snippet from Reuters:

Marking its biggest step into the wireless communications market to date, Google … has proposed to provide free wireless Internet services across the city of San Francisco.

The Web search company said it has responded to a request for information by the City of San Francisco to test local Internet services via Wi-Fi, [which is] the short-range wireless technology built into most new laptop computers.

This means people could use the air to connect to the Internet without paying additional monthly service bills for Internet connectivity. This business approach really kills a lot of cash-cow revenue for both SBC and Comcast. It's also appealing to consumers on every economic strata.

When Will Others Offer Free Wi-Fi?

This is a huge question that's starting to pop up as everyone sees that this could be replicated in their town. People's conclusion will be: "If it works in San Francisco, it can work in my city."

If that happens, the incumbent phone and cable companies are big losers. Customers would drop DSL and cable modem service in a heartbeat. If the service was marketed as free, who wouldn't drop their paid broadband service? There's another layer of skepticism, too, in that San Francisco has a hilly terrain and there might be some problems with reliable connectivity.

I think that's a specious argument, though, as most network companies would just boost coverage. While the hilly terrain could be a challenge, it's not a deal breaker. Google is figuring it needs about 30 antennae for every square mile. If they need to put a couple more in for more reliable coverage, that's no big deal.

The incumbent phone companies and cable companies are already trying to stifle this type of approach by restricting entry into the market through legislation as well as by pointing to "objective reports" that are negative about adding new competitors to local service.

Heartland Institute Still Trying to Stifle Competition

There are still companies willing to create a false impression that municipal networks aren't viable. This propaganda will become more shrill as projects like Google's San Francisco endeavor become a reality.

As reported in a recent article in the Cedar Falls Courier, the Heartland Institute came out with another flawed report that was slanted to make municipally run telecom utilities look like a scary proposition. It was promptly discounted by the municipality.

The study, released Sept. 20 from the non-profit group that advocates privatization of public services, reports the financial performance of communication municipal utilities in Cedar Falls, Muscatine and Spencer should serve as a warning to other cities considering building similar operations.

"They just got it wrong," Cedar Falls Utilities marketing manager Betty Zeman said of the 29-page study.

Ronald Rizzuto, a professor of finance at the University of Denver, authored the report. He concluded: "None of these municipal systems has achieved a payback of its original investment for the municipal utility let alone a positive return on investment." Rizzuto based his notion on free cash flow and internal rate of return, which Zeman said is a flawed outlook.

"This calculation is merely one of dozens of benchmark methods sometimes used to value a business enterprise. Iowa's largest private phone and cable companies would certainly be judged as failures if analyzed in this way," Zeman said.

In 2003, the communications utility had revenue of $6.46 million and a net profit of $981,000. In 2004, it had revenue of $7.05 million and a net profit of $1.03 million. The fact that a growing business has a negative free cash flow - especially in the early years of operation - doesn't make the business a failure, according to Zeman.

The absolute worst thing that could happen to the incumbent phone companies is if Google's approach with San Francisco - which would have about 700,000 potential subscribers - becomes a big success. The success in smaller communities like Cedar Falls, Iowa or Jackson, Tenn. doesn't come close to the magnitude of a San Francisco.

If a metro area like San Francisco is successful, that will open up the floodgates for more communities of all sizes to add this wireless infrastructure into their municipality. The Heartland Institute study that calls the utility a poor investment is just another sponsored report that will hopefully sway decision makers to restrict and bar entry to local telecom markets.

I Left My DSL in San Francisco

Google has the financial strength to make this project successful. The company could even hire Tony Bennett to start singing "I left my DSL in San Francisco". What a great commercial that updates an old standard.

Carlinism: If a new technology is proven in a major application, it's hard not to try it somewhere else as the risk is minimized.

James Carlini is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. He is also president of Carlini & Associates. Carlini can be reached at james.carlini@sbcglobal.net or 773-370-1888.

Click here for Carlini's full biography.

Introducing: EleBlog -An Electrical Industry Web Log

What might be the industry's first "web blog" - the EleBlog - is now operational at www.electricalcontractor.com.

EleBlog provides details & occasional insight on:

  • electrical construction and contractors;
  • electrical products manufacturing, distribution and marketing;
  • customer trends;
  • industry data;
  • datacom & intelligent buildings;
  • and more.

Joe Salimando, who has worked in and around the electrical industry since 1979, is the blogger (and site owner). "I've been posting daily, and it's been tough," said Salimando. "The problem is that I'm a windbag - but most blog posts, ideally, will be short."

Visitors can choose to sign up for occasional e-mails notifying them of new information posted to the site. They can also comment on individual posts, download files not easily found elsewhere, and take advantage of links to special industry resources.

# # #

Editors, site proprietors + others, please note:

  1. www.electricalcontractor.com is not related to Electrical Contractor magazine.

  2. The site will take banner ads only from Salimando's clients, a limited group. EleBlog is not in competition with you.

  3. E-mail addresses will not be sold or rented for any reason.

For more information, contact Joe Salimando at 703-255-1428. E-mail (please do not publish this address to the Web) - jsalimando@electricalcontractor.com.

SNAKE TRAY Introduces SNAKE LOOP Cable Manager That Creates A Service Loop

Snake Tray® is proud to announce Snake Loop™, the world's first cable manager that creates a service loop to future proof your copper and fiber cable plant. Snake Loop cable manager easily installs to a rack, ladder, wall or ceiling to create a service loop for extra cables. Now expansions and changes to the cabling plant can be easily done with excess cables available at anytime. www.snaketray.com

Golf with the Industry's Best at the NAIOP Annual Conference!

Join NAIOP Annual Conference attendees and Florida chapter members for a challenging and fun golf tournament after the NAIOP Annual Conference!

Test your skills, challenge your nerve and inspire your golf soul on the award-winning Joe Lee-designed golf course at The Diplomat Country Club. The course earned a spot on Condé Nast Traveler's list of the top 100 golf resorts worldwide. During this best-ball tournament, you'll enjoy world class golf while engaging in high level networking!

Space is limited, so sign up early. $250 per golfer fee includes goodie bag, boxed lunch, complimentary beverages, transportation to the course, greens fees, cart rental, range balls and uninterrupted time on the links networking with the industry's best!

Thanks to co-sponsors Cooper Carry and Opus South!

Intelligent Multi-Site Routing Software by Interactive Intelligence Named ICCM Best of Show

The International Call Center Management Conference & Exposition honored Interactive Intelligence Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ) with its Best of Show award in the category of VoIP Applications at a ceremony last month in Las Vegas.

Interactive Intelligence received the award on behalf of its intelligent multi-site routing software, Interaction Director® - a network-based pre- and post-call routing product that uses innovative VoIP technologies, such as session initiation protocol, to help distributed contact centers more effectively meet service level goals, while increasing customer satisfaction, reducing cost and complexity, and improving disaster recovery capabilities.

"The winners in this year's ICCM Best of Show demonstrated ease of integration and implementation, system quality, customer service features, and return on investment in their category," said Kerry Gumas, chief executive officer and president of Questex Media Group Inc.

Interaction Director won the award following rigorous evaluation by a team of independent judges from such prestigious firms as the Call Center Industry Advisory Council, The Call Center School, McGee-Smith Analytics, Real Market, Saddletree Research, Speech Technology Magazine, The Unified-View, and Ventana Research.

Interaction Director, which was first released in 1999, helps organizations more effectively distribute both calls and e-mails between sites by automatically determining the location and agents that are best able to take the interactions based on pre-set criteria, such as number of available agents and agent skill type. Director's unique ability to offer virtual contact center capabilities across distributed sites means that organizations can consolidate agents and more effectively take advantage of lower cost agents by using occupancy rates.

As an add-on product to the company's contact center automation software, Interaction Director makes use of innovative VoIP technologies, such as the emerging SIP standard, which offers an open alternative to proprietary solutions. Interactive Intelligence's contact center automation software reduces the number of systems per site, and with virtual queues using Director, organizations can now transform multiple, disparate contact centers into a unified front, processing customer interactions as if they were a single entity.

The product is targeted at in-house multi-site contact centers and distributed teleservices firms, in particular large organizations with high call volumes.

The ICCM Conference & Expo Best of Show awards honor exhibitors and products with the best potential to change the future of the contact center industry. The presentations were made during a ceremony held Sept. 27 at ICCM Conference & Expo at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

ICCM is produced by Questex Media Group Inc. (http://www.questex.com), a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media provider headquartered in Newton, MA. For more information about ICCM, visit http://www.iccm.com.

Daikin America, Inc. Announces Decatur EFEP Plant Expansion

Daikin America, Inc. announced their plans to make a significant EFEP capacity expansion at the Decatur, AL production facility, operated by Daikin America, Inc. Engineering for the new unit has begun and construction will be completed by first quarter, 2007

The multimillion dollar investment will further increase Daikin's position as the only manufacturer of EFEP and demonstrates Daikin's ongoing commitment to supply the needs of its customers and end-users.

EFEP (ethylene-perfluoroethylenepropene copolymer) can be co-extruded with Nylon, modified Nylon, EVOH, ETFE, and glass. The unique bonding properties of EFEP make it well suited as components for automotive fuel systems and oil transport equipment. EFEP's excellent clarity makes it an ideal candidate for protective film for solar panels and semiconductor handling equipment.

"EFEP is an exciting new product that expands our current product line, and has allowed us to enter new markets and applications where standard fluoropolymers could not be used," said Tison Keel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Daikin America, Inc.

Daikin America, one of the largest fluoropolymer suppliers in the US, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. Daikin Industries has been in the fluorine chemistry business since 1933 and is Japan's leading manufacturer of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as Japan's largest producer of fluorochemical products. www.daikin.com

Google Wi-Fi Now Aims to Make Wired Infrastructure Obsolete

Google has announced a wireless infrastructure for San Francisco that would obsolete the wired infrastructure for delivering Internet services.

In trying to build up the viability of San Francisco, though, Google may incur some lawsuits from SBC, Comcast and other incumbent carriers. This endeavor was widely reported across the media. Here's a snippet from Reuters:

Marking its biggest step into the wireless communications market to date, Google … has proposed to provide free wireless Internet services across the city of San Francisco.

The Web search company said it has responded to a request for information by the City of San Francisco to test local Internet services via Wi-Fi, [which is] the short-range wireless technology built into most new laptop computers.

This means people could use the air to connect to the Internet without paying additional monthly service bills for Internet connectivity. This business approach really kills a lot of cash-cow revenue for both SBC and Comcast. It's also appealing to consumers on every economic strata.

When Will Others Offer Free Wi-Fi?
This is a huge question that's starting to pop up as everyone sees that this could be replicated in their town. People's conclusion will be: "If it works in San Francisco, it can work in my city."

If that happens, the incumbent phone and cable companies are big losers. Customers would drop DSL and cable modem service in a heartbeat. If the service was marketed as free, who wouldn't drop their paid broadband service? There's another layer of skepticism, too, in that San Francisco has a hilly terrain and there might be some problems with reliable connectivity.

I think that's a specious argument, though, as most network companies would just boost coverage. While the hilly terrain could be a challenge, it's not a deal breaker. Google is figuring it needs about 30 antennae for every square mile. If they need to put a couple more in for more reliable coverage, that's no big deal.

The incumbent phone companies and cable companies are already trying to stifle this type of approach by restricting entry into the market through legislation as well as by pointing to "objective reports" that are negative about adding new competitors to local service.

Heartland Institute Still Trying to Stifle Competition
There are still companies willing to create a false impression that municipal networks aren't viable. This propaganda will become more shrill as projects like Google's San Francisco endeavor become a reality.

As reported in a recent article in the Cedar Falls Courier, the Heartland Institute came out with another flawed report that was slanted to make municipally run telecom utilities look like a scary proposition. It was promptly discounted by the municipality.

The study, released Sept. 20 from the non-profit group that advocates privatization of public services, reports the financial performance of communication municipal utilities in Cedar Falls, Muscatine and Spencer should serve as a warning to other cities considering building similar operations.

"They just got it wrong," Cedar Falls Utilities marketing manager Betty Zeman said of the 29-page study.

Ronald Rizzuto, a professor of finance at the University of Denver, authored the report. He concluded: "None of these municipal systems has achieved a payback of its original investment for the municipal utility let alone a positive return on investment."

Rizzuto based his notion on free cash flow and internal rate of return, which Zeman said is a flawed outlook.

"This calculation is merely one of dozens of benchmark methods sometimes used to value a business enterprise. Iowa's largest private phone and cable companies would certainly be judged as failures if analyzed in this way," Zeman said.

In 2003, the communications utility had revenue of $6.46 million and a net profit of $981,000. In 2004, it had revenue of $7.05 million and a net profit of $1.03 million. The fact that a growing business has a negative free cash flow - especially in the early years of operation - doesn't make the business a failure, according to Zeman.

The absolute worst thing that could happen to the incumbent phone companies is if Google's approach with San Francisco - which would have about 700,000 potential subscribers - becomes a big success. The success in smaller communities like Cedar Falls, Iowa or Jackson, Tenn. doesn't come close to the magnitude of a San Francisco.

If a metro area like San Francisco is successful, that will open up the floodgates for more communities of all sizes to add this wireless infrastructure into their municipality. The Heartland Institute study that calls the utility a poor investment is just another sponsored report that will hopefully sway decision makers to restrict and bar entry to local telecom markets.

I Left My DSL in San Francisco

Google has the financial strength to make this project successful. The company could even hire Tony Bennett to start singing "I left my DSL in San Francisco". What a great commercial that updates an old standard.

Carlinism: If a new technology is proven in a major application, it's hard not to try it somewhere else as the risk is minimized.

James Carlini is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. He is also president of Carlini & Associates. Carlini can be reached at james.carlini@sbcglobal.net or 773-370-1888. http://www.carlinij.com

"Limited Combustible" is Not The Proper Term For Cable

On September 30th 2005 Casey C Grant, P.E., Secretary, NFPA Standards Council released the Standards Council Decision (Final) D# 05-24 on the NFPA 90A, Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems. Here is a copy of the text:

SC #05-7-4

D#05-24

Casey C. Grant, P.E.

Secretary, Standards Council

30 September 2005 To: Interested Parties

Subject:

Standards Council Decision (Final):

D#05-24

Standards Council Agenda Item:

SC#05-7-4

Date of Decision:

29 July 2005


Return of NFPA 90A, Standard for the Installation of

Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, and Plan to Reprocess Document

Dear Interested Parties:

At its meeting of 25-29 July 2005, the Standards Council considered an appeal on the above referenced matter.

The short decision was transmitted to you on 11 August 2005, with a revised short decision transmitted to you on 25 August 2005. Attached is the final decision of the Standards Council on this matter.

Sincerely,

Casey C. Grant, P.E.

Secretary, NFPA Standards Council

c: D. Berry, M. Brodoff, M. Earley, A. Fraser, L. Nisbet, J. O'Connor, M. Puchovsky, R. Solomon

Members, TC on Air Conditioning (AIC-AAA) Members, TCC on National Electrical Code (NEC-AAC) Members, TC on Fire Tests (FIZ-AAA)

Members, NFPA Standards Council (AAD-AAA) Individuals Providing Appeal Commentary

Standards Council Decision (Final):

D#05-24

Standards Council Agenda Item:

SC#05-7-4

Date of Decision:

29 July 2005


NFPA 90A, Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems

This decision concerns various appeals related to NFPA 90A, Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems. At the Technical Committee Report Session of the June 2005 Association Membership Meeting, the proposed 2006 edition of NFPA 90A was presented to the membership by the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning (the Technical Committee). Following a series of amending motions and debate, a motion was made to return the entire document to committee for further study. That motion was successful, meaning that, under NFPA rules, the proposed 2006 edition of NFPA 90A comes before the Council with the recommendation that the document be returned to committee and the previous 2002 edition remain in place. This recommendation, moreover, was supported by the Technical Committee through an informational ballot that was conducted following the Association Membership Meeting. The Council must now decide whether to uphold the action of returning the document to committee, and if so, must then consider various alternatives that have been discussed concerning how further standards development activities should proceed.

The first issue, whether to uphold the return to committee, is straightforward. Although some of the appellants now before the Council have suggested, as an alternative to returning NFPA 90A to committee, that the Standards Council might issue the proposed 2006 edition in some form, the various sides on the principal issues of contention in NFPA 90A have been largely supportive of returning the document to committee. The Standards Council agrees that this is the appropriate course. The return of NFPA 90A to committee is the result that has been yielded by the NFPA codes and standards development process. The Standards Council accords great respect and deference to this process and will overturn the result yielded by the process only where clear and substantial reasons for doing so are demonstrated. After review and consideration of all the information available, the Council has found no such reasons and has upheld the motion to return the document to committee.

The arguments before the Council on these appeals have focused in large part on how future processing of NFPA 90A should proceed, and in particular how resolution of the contentious issues surrounding the use of wire and cable in plenum and other air handling spaces (the plenum cable issues) might best be achieved.

As a preliminary matter, there has been some discussion of removing the jurisdiction over electrical equipment in plenum spaces from the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning and reassigning that jurisdiction to the National Electrical Code® Project

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(NEC® Project). In this regard, the contention has been made that the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning has become "dysfunctional" with respect to these issues. There have also, as there has in the past, been questions raised about the makeup of the Technical Committee, the appropriateness of its handling this subject, and about its ability to do so fairly.

The Council, however, does not agree with these contentions. It is true that the proceedings within that Technical Committee have been, at times, contentious, and its Technical Committee Report posed interpretational difficulties that engendered debate as to whether and in what form consensus had been achieved. The Council does not believe, however, that a transfer in jurisdiction over the plenum cable issues would necessarily further the resolution of these issues. Rather, the Council believes that the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning remains the appropriate committee to review and consider the issues concerning plenum cable. The Technical Committee has, in the view of the Council, been diligent in reviewing and debating the issues before it, and, although a clear resolution has not yet been achieved, the Council has found no reason to believe that further processing by the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning would be futile as some have argued.

Moreover, although there have been various charges made at times concerning the balance and makeup of the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning and the conduct of various members, the Council found no basis to these claims. The Council, therefore, sees no need, as some have recommended, to discharge and reconstitute the Technical Committee. Going forward, however, any issues concerning the makeup or conduct of the Technical Committee may, as with any committee project, be raised with the Council as appropriate. In the meantime, the Council, in preparation for the commencement of further processing of NFPA 90A, is referring the membership of the Technical Committee to the Standards Council task group on membership to review and make any recommendations regarding committee membership in the normal course.

There remains to consider several other matters concerning the future processing of NFPA 90A.

Revision Cycle-Related Matters

The first issue for consideration is the appropriate revision cycle for the further processing of NFPA 90A. The Standards Council has received substantial input on this question including the results of an informational ballot on the subject by the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning. There are two broad options available for further processing of NFPA 90A. The first is to process the document through a partial revision cycle. Under this option, the Technical Committee would start with the existing Report on Proposals (ROP) and would proceed to develop a new Report on Comments (ROC). The second option would be to process the document through a full revision cycle with both a new ROP and a new ROC. The Technical Committee, through the informational ballot, has endorsed the second option of processing the document through a complete revision cycle.

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The Council agrees that this is the best option. While the first option, namely partial reprocessing, would expedite the processing of the document, the Council is of the view that, given the difficultly of the issues involved, full processing through a complete revision cycle is warranted. A full revision cycle will allow maximum opportunity for public input, for the consideration of any new research or data that may become available, and for the full debate and deliberation of the Technical Committee. Furthermore, it will allow the Technical Committee itself to begin on a clean slate, rather than starting with committee decisions made at the ROP stage, decisions which may or may not now reflect the position of the committee.

In deciding to process NFPA 90A through a full revision cycle, it must be determined which is the appropriate revision cycle. Although the Annual 2007 revision cycle is theoretically possible and was, indeed, the option suggested to the Technical Committee in the information ballot, the time for submitting Public Proposals for the Annual 2007 revision cycle would be short, with Public Proposals due in November of this year. So short a timeframe is not conducive to the full deliberative process that the Council believes should take place. The Council, moreover, perceives no advantage to an earlier revision cycle in terms of coordination and correlation with the NEC or other documents. Indeed, the completion of the document in the Annual 2007 cycle would not practically give the NEC Project time to absorb and incorporate material from the next edition of NFPA 90A during the NEC's Annual 2007 revision cycle.

The Council, therefore, is directing that NFPA 90A be processed beginning with a new call for Proposals in the Annual 2008 revision cycle. The Annual 2008 proposal closing date is 22 November 2006. Public Proposals already on file from the Annual 2005 revision cycle need not be re-filed and will be reconsidered by the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning during the Annual 2008 revision cycle unless withdrawn by the submitter in accordance with 4-3.4 of the Regulations Governing Committee Projects.

Other Processing Matters

Prior to the commencement of the last revision cycle of NFPA 90A, the Council, in a series of decisions, outlined an approach for addressing the technical issues with respect to plenum cable that it believed best ensured that the decisions of the responsible Technical Committees could be arrived at in an orderly, consistent and fair manner. There has been much discussion in the current appeals concerning whether this approach should continue to be followed or whether some additional or other guidance is now appropriate. The Council has reviewed and considered all the arguments made before it and has concluded that the directions previously issued by the Council for the processing of issues related to cables in ducts, plenums and other air handling spaces are equally applicable to and constitute the best approach to processing these issue going forward. That approach was last summarized in Standards Council Decision Number 04-04, dated January 15, 2004, and may be consulted, along with the other decisions cited therein, for a full recounting of the issues and reasoning of the Council. The summary is repeated here in slightly updated form as follows:

1. Jurisdiction over combustibles in plenums. As the Council has indicated earlier in this decision, the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning, rather

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than the NEC Project, has, for many years, and should continue to have, primary jurisdiction for air distribution systems including the subject of combustibles, such as cables, in ducts, plenums and other air handling spaces (plenum spaces)

2. Harmonization of the fire, flammability and smoke production test requirements for plenum cables so as to produce a single minimum acceptable performance level. The existing 2002 edition of NFPA 90A contains provisions concerning minimum plenum cable requirements that create a scheme of two alternative minimums (non- or limited combustible listing, and listings based on the NFPA 262 test method) that do not appear to be equivalent. As with the previous edition cycle, the Council directs the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning, during the next revision cycle, to proceed to harmonize the fire, flammability and smoke production test requirements for plenum cables so as to produce a single minimum acceptable performance level. (See Standards Council Decision Number 02-07, dated July 19, 2002.) As previously stated, this direction does not mean that it is inappropriate to set different minimum performance levels for different uses or applications. Rather, the Council's direction merely states what it believes to be generally accepted good code writing practice, which should not be difficult to understand or apply. (See Agenda Item 03-10-11, dated October 23, 2003.) In order to further clarify its direction, the Council now adds that, in saying that there should be a single minimum acceptable performance level, the Council does not mean to suggest that the standard cannot permit the use of alternative test methods where adequately substantiated as a means to achieve that minimum acceptable performance level.

3. Limitation on the use of the term "limited combustible". The Council reiterates that the term "limited combustible" is not appropriate as applied to cable, and the term should be limited to materials of building construction as set forth in NFPA 220, Standard On Types Of Building Construction. The Council has directed that all technical committee projects should, during their next available revision cycles, eliminate the term "limited combustible" as it applies to cable and similar products (i.e., electrical wire and cable, optical fiber cables, pneumatic tubing, fire sprinkler piping, optical fiber and communication raceways, etc) that are not materials of building construction. For products such as cable, the Council directs that they should be designated instead by their fire performance characteristics (e.g., flame spread, heat release rates, smoke properties) or in terms of the appropriate test method, and not by qualitative descriptors such as "limited combustible." (See Standards Council Decision Number 02-07, dated July, 19, 2002.)

4. Coordination with the NEC Project. Finally, so as not to inject the problems identified in the 2002 edition of NFPA 90A into the NEC, and in order to give the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning the opportunity to fully address all technical issues related to plenum cables by processing the issues through the entire upcoming NFPA 90A revision cycle, the Council directs the NEC

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Project to maintain the status quo in the NEC until the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning has, through the processing of NFPA 90A, addressed the issues and released the next edition of NFPA 90A. Following the issuance of the next edition of NFPA 90A, the NEC Project can make any necessary correlative changes either through its next revision cycle or, if of an emergency nature, through the processing of a tentative interim amendment to the NEC (See Decision Number 03-10-25, dated October 23, 2003).

The Council continues to believe, as it has previously stated (see Decision Number 0404) that the approach summarized above is correct and provides a framework for deciding the technical issues relating to plenum cable in a fair and orderly way that allows full and fair consideration of the issues by the technical committee charged with primary jurisdiction over them, with minimum opportunity for any side to prematurely force a decision or gain advantage unrelated to legitimate technical or safety concerns.

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Please note all Standards Council decisions from the July 2005 meeting will be posted on our Codes & Standards website. See link below: http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=837

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Protesters Stir The National Safety Council Meeting

At the recent National Safety Council's 93rd Annual Congress & Expo in Orlando, Florida (www.nsc.org) Mr. Holliday, CEO of DuPont, was awarded the Green Cross for Safety Medallion for 2006.

Each year the Green Cross for Safety Medallion is presented by the National Safety Council to the Chief Executive Officer of an organization or company that has distinguished itself over a period of years for outstanding achievement in workplace safety and off-the-job safety and health programs, community Service, environmental stewardship, and responsible citizenship.

Many safety professionals met the award to DuPont with disbelief considering DuPont's track record. At the entrance of the opening ceremony, protesters handed out fliers with information about DuPont's questionable safety record. The fliers handed out by the United Steelworkers International Union proclaimed, "Not Walking The Talk: DuPont's Untold Safety Failures". The information in the flier featured a timeline of DuPont's health and safety failures from 1997 thru 2005. Also included is a Toxic Map that pinpoints the sites where DuPont has polluted for years and those area communities are now sick. For more information and details on DuPont visit www.dupontcouncil.org.

Safety is too important to ignore. Try a google search for "toxic Teflon". Our last search found 443,000 results. If 80% of the deaths in a fire scenario are caused by toxic gas and smoke, why don't we test the cable that we place in the air systems for toxicity? Our research found that the toxicity issue was in the scope of the NFPA-90A committee. We are waiting to see if the NFPA (National Protection Association) Air Conditioning Committee (NFPA-90A) will address the toxicity question in this upcoming cycle. www.nfpa.org

REVISED Certified Training Schedule
September - December, 2005

    Dates          Class
SEPTEMBER
8/29 - 9/02       ITS Installer 1
9/19 - 9/22       ITS Installer 2
9/26 - 9/30       ITS Installer 1

OCTOBER
10/24 - 10/28       ITS Installer 1

NOVEMBER
11/14 - 11/18       ITS Installer 2

DECEMBER
12/05 - 12/09       ITS Technician
12/12 - 12/16       ITS Installer 1

This schedule is subject to change based on Customer requests.

James R. (Ray) Craig RCDD/ITS Specialist
Corporate Trainer

Certified Communications, Inc.
15928 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75001
Office: 972-432-8310
Toll Free: 1-800-479-7126
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IEC Welcomes Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Family to the 48th Annual IEC National Convention and IEC Electric Expo 2005

The Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) were honored to welcome Anne and Billy Jack Barrett and their six children to the 48th Annual IEC National Convention and IEC Electric Expo 2005 last week in Baltimore, Md.

IEC Southern Colorado Chapter contractors and industry partners wired a new home in Peyton, Colorado for the Barrett family during a taping of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in mid-July. With the hard work of 147 volunteer IEC electricians, the 4,000 square foot home as well as separate schoolhouse and three-car garage were wired in three hours.

"We were honored to have the entire Barrett family attend the 48th Annual IEC National Convention and IEC Electric Expo 2005 as guests of the IEC Foundation," said Larry Mullins, IEC National Executive Vice President. "This project brought out the best in IEC and it is my sincere hope that the Barrett family will be able to adopt more children in need."

The Barrett family attended the IEC Electric Expo 2005 where they had the opportunity to visit with many vendors and industry partners who provided the material to wire their home. The family also attended the IEC National Awards Banquet where they presented the IEC Southern Colorado Chapter with an IEC National Award for Excellence in Residential Electrical Construction for their work on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project.

Established in 1957, IEC is a trade association made up of more than 3,200 members with 74 chapters nationwide. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., IEC is the nation's premier trade association representing America's independent electrical and systems contractors. IEC National aggressively works with the industry to establish a competitive environment for the merit shop - a philosophy that promotes the concept of free enterprise, open competition and economic opportunity for all. http://www.ieci.org/index.mv?screen=13

BICSI and the Katrina victims from CNS Magazine

As we went to press with this latest issue of CNS, the streets of New Orleans remained submerged in contaminated water and the city was a seething wasteland. It will take years and billions of dollars in government funding to get the Big Easy and many other areas of the Gulf Coast back to normal, but first there is the more pressing issue of helping human beings.

To that end, BICSI should be applauded for initiating the Katrina Impact Zone, an information portal on the organization's web site that provides the estimated 300 members and hundreds more information transportation system professionals effected by the tragedy.

As with any close knit group, Donna Dunn, Executive Director writes on the BICSI site, when times get tough, competition often turns to cooperation and suddenly competing for the best grade on the RCDD exam becomes secondary to helping neighbors around the world.

"These members may well need the help of other members for everything from simply sharing stories of the storm to technical and professional advice on how best to start the restoration process required after Katrina. The first, and one of the most critical part of this help, is a convenient method of reaching the membership at large. "Any member may log in to the Katrina Impact Zone and seek advice, input or simply share information with any other member. This forum will remain active as long as there is a need."

Katrina's devastation has been both varied and widespread. In the first week of September, Bell South issued an update in which it stated that while it is too early to project the total magnitude of destruction, the initial estimate is a cost of US$400-600 million, including both capital and expense, for network restoration. From an ITS perspective, Katrina has also brought the importance of having a sound disaster recovery program in place.

Among the tens of thousands of words that have been written on the subject, was a column written by Judy Bell, president of Disaster Survival Planning Inc. that ran on the web site of Disaster Recovery Journal "Remember 15 years ago, when our profession thought that being able to restore critical systems and telecommunications within 72 hours was acceptable? In those days, we defined what we did as "disaster recovery" instead of "business continuity," wrote Bell. "Then our industry began to shift its thinking as we realized that it would be far better to continue operating than to recover from interrupted operations. In order to comply, critical businesses like banks and utilities were forced to change their critical processes to ensure continued operations. In the area of life safety, they invested in advance to purchase provisions for employees, to make sure their basic needs would be provided for if they are trapped at work.

"That is the lesson we must all learn from Hurricane Katrina. The 72-hour rule requiring citizens to be self-sustaining on their own is no longer realistic. Disasters of the magnitude we just witnessed will continue. When it comes to human needs, we must create solutions in advance that will provide continuity for life-sustaining necessities, and this continuity must persist until organized relief can arrive. Everyone should take action now, whether we're in the public or private sector, to be a part of that solution. The phrase "plan today … survive tomorrow" has never been truer than now."

A special electronic report on the tragedy has been posted on our site at www.cnsmagazine.com.

Graybar VIP Design Online is Enhanced with DWG/DXF Export Capability

Graybar, a leading North American distributor of electrical and telecommunications service solutions and products and related supply chain management and logistics services, today announced the addition of a DWG/DXF export feature to Graybar VIP Design Online.

Dubbed "Export Now," this new enhancement allows users to take XML-based vector graphics created "on the fly" within Graybar VIP Design Online and export them for use in AutoCAD. Design Online is the industry's first multi-vendor Web-based design and budgeting tool for complex structured cabling projects.

"Export Now" is anticipated to reduce the time structured cabling designers spend creating detailed engineering drawings for a project by:

Generating Web-based automated DWG/DXF files for import into AutoCAD,
Seamlessly taking drawings created in Design Online into overall architectural drawings/documentation,
Reducing conversion problems to ensure original graphic quality, and
Minimizing research and CAD library management headaches.

"We anticipate that users will realize time savings and improved configuration accuracy with 'Export Now,' an easy-to-use tool for exporting drawings into CAD programs," said Robert Weiland, Graybar national market manager-commercial market. "This new export feature reduces the time specially trained CAD experts have to spend creating drawings in CAD. This enhancement originated from numerous customer requests. Because we have worked closely with our customers on this, we are confident this release strongly boosts the value users will gain from Design Online."

"'Export Now' provides Graybar and its customers a critical link in the planning/budgeting design flow," said Leslie Swanson, president/CEO of eXalt Solutions. "A unified design flow takes drawings created in Design Online directly into leading CAD software packages using industry standard DWG/DXF formats. Users no longer struggle to find and maintain CAD libraries, improving overall quality and manageability. These additions to our product suite extend our leadership in this important market."

Users may participate in a free 60-day trial of Graybar VIP Design Online. For more information and to register, visit http://www.graybar.com/DesignOnline/default.htm.

About Graybar
Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, telecommunications and networking products, and an expert provider of related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of 250 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, serving as the vital link to hundreds of thousands of customers. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

About eXalt Solutions, Inc.
eXalt Solutions, Inc., is a market and technology leader in providing on-demand, Web-based services for solutions sales enabling suppliers of complex technical products and their channel partners to sell more product more profitably. The eXalt Powered Solutions Sales Platform (TM) incorporates a suite of modules tailored to the intricacies of the complex technical product sales/support process including Product Selection and Configuration, System Configuration, Design and Visualization, BOM Collaboration, Quote/Proposal Management and Product Support. More information about the company, its products and services is available at www.exaltsolutions.com.

Light Brigade Announces 2005-2006 Dates For Advanced Hands-on Modules "On The Road"

The Light Brigade announces the national schedule for its Advanced Hands-on Modules "On The Road" training course for the remainder of 2005 and the first half of 2006.

The Advanced "On The Road" course is designed for those who will be working with singlemode fiber for voice, video or data communications. The course focus includes:

  • Mastery of new techniques and tools designed for cable mid-entry applications and related closure and patch panel techniques.
  • Testing for optical return loss using optical time-domain reflectometers, deadzone boxes and optical terminators.
  • Use of OTDR signatures to troubleshoot fiber spans.
  • Avoiding incorrect handling and installation at 1310 nm, 1550 nm and 1625 nm.
  • Enhancing troubleshooting, maintenance and restoration response techniques.

This course offers optional Fiber Optic Technician-Outside Plant (FOT-OSP) certification.
Upcoming "Oh The Road" dates:
Denver, Colorado November 7-10, 2005
San Jose, California March 20-23, 2006
Chicago, Illinois April 18-21, 2006
Anaheim, California May 1-4, 2006
Denver, Colorado May 8-11, 2006
Atlanta, Georgia May 15-18, 2006

For more information or to register for a course, contact Kimberly Blatter at (206) 575-0404.

Company Information
Over 29,000 attendees have participated in The Light Brigade's instructor-led fiber optic training courses worldwide. In addition, The Light Brigade has a wide variety of fiber optic training DVDs, videotapes, CD-ROMs, and computer-based training available.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Want to know more about how you can capture the business opportunities associated with integrated building systems? Mark your calendars for several key conferences and exhibitions.

AFCOM: April 17-21 Las Vegas www.afcom.com

BICSI SPRING: May 2-5 Las Vegas www.bicsi.org

BOMA: June 23-28 Anaheim http://s12.a2zinc.net/clients/Boma2004/Boma2005/

REALCOMM: June 27-28 Anaheim, CA www.realcomm.com/anaheim.htm

CONNECT 2005: June 28 Anaheim www.caba.org , www.ibfconferences.com

ACUTA: July 17 - 21 Gaylord Palms - Kissimmee, FL www.acuta.org/events/annual_conference/sce05.cfm

NECA: September 18-20, 2005 New Orleans www.necashow.org/

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April 5-7
FOSE: DC

April 6-7
SFBF: Ft.Lauderdale, FL

APRIL 13-17
BOMA Southern region conference. Memphis, Tenn

APRIL 17-22
Data Center World (DCW): Las Vegas, NV
www.afcom.com

April 20-22
Environ Design9
www.environdesign.com

April 21-22
Broadband Wireless World: Las Vegas NV
949-443-3735
www.scievents.com/bwwo5

May 1-6
Interop: Las Vegas, NV
415-905-2300
www.interop.com

May 2-5
2005 BICSI Spring Conference: Las Vegas NV
www.bicsi.org

May 4-6
Green Design Solutions: Hospitals & Schools: Chicago, IL
www.edcmag.com

May 4-6
13th National Conference on Building Commissioning: New York City, NY
www.peci.org/ncbc/

May 10-11
Expocom: Toronto
888-322-7333
www.reedexpo.ca/ee3

May 16-21
Affordable Comfort 2005: Indianapolis, IN
www.afordablecomfort.org

May 17-19
VOIP: Beijing China
852-2865-1118
www.china-voip.com

May 17-27
Sustainable Practices in Design and Construction: Maho Bay, St John U.S. V.I.
www.cahs.colostate.edu/cm//offsite_courses.stm

May 18
ACUTA Midwest Regional Workshop - "Strategic Tradeoffs in Campus Wireless Mobility": Chicago, IL - Hyatt Regency O'Hare
859-278-3338
www.acuta.org/?1303

May 19-21
AIA National Convention & Design Expo: Las Vegas, NV
www.aiaconvention.com

May 22-25
UTC Telecom: Long Beach CA
202-872-0030
www.utctelecom2005.utc.org

MAY 30-June 2
Broadband World Forum: Yokahama Japan

JUNE 1-3
Greening the Heartland 2005:Cost, Practice & Policy: Chicago, IL
www.greeningtheheartland.org

June 6-8
IEC: Chicago, IL

June 6-10
NFPA: Las Vegas, NV
www.NFPA.org

June 6-9
Supercomm: Chicago, IL
312-559-3327
www.supercomm2005.com

JUNE 20-23
Ecobuild America 2005: The Environmental Systems Techology Conference
www.ecobuildamerica.com

June 25-28
The North American Commercial Real Estate Congress & The Office Building Show
BOMA: Anaheim, CA
Vicki Cummins 888-777-6956
vcummins@pgi.com
www.bomaconvention.org


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