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HOT TOPIC - Abandoned Cable Removal - Who Pays?

In the world of cabling, we have seen many advances in technology during the past two decades. The net result of cabling and re-cabling for improved networks is a vast quantity of abandoned communications cables in the structure. Several experts estimate there is considerably more than 8.5 million miles of abandoned cable in the US workplace. The National Electric Code (NEC 2002), which has been adopted by most states and most Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), requires the removal of abandoned communications cabling, unless marked for future use. Admittedly, the code is poorly written in terms of clarification, however, the intent is clear. Miles of abandoned cable may constitute fire and health threats to the building occupants. Commercial real estate and electrical contractors are struggling to deal with this new requirement.

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Recent changes to the National Electric Code now prohibit abandoned cables and wires in risers and plenums. What do you do about abandoned cables? Who pays for their removal? Failure to remove prohibited wires can render buildings out of compliance and jeopardize insurance policies.


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