Codes and Standards

Our goal is to be proactive in maintaining and developing codes and standards to help assure the safety, quality and performance of communications cable and connectivity products.

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Codes Exist to Ensure Safety, Quality and Performance

What We Do

CCCA works through, and contributes to, technical committees in standards bodies such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Telecommunications Industries Association (TIA).

Please consult these and other organizations for codes and standards relevant to communications cable and connectivity products. CCCA does not issue, ratify or publish codes and standards for these products, nor does CCCA certify compliance of products to industry accepted codes and standards.

What We Focus On

Safety

Our members collaborate with standards organizations to make products safer and codes clearer.

Some of our recent activities

  • NFPA 70 NEC® / 90A / 75 etc. Code & Standards Revision Contributions
  • 2023 NEC® Public Inputs by CCCA
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) safety reviews and collaboration amongst industry manufacturers

Quality

Our members work together to advise codes and standards that ensure product quality

Some of our recent activities

  • NFPA 70 NEC® / 90A / 75 etc. Code & Standards Revision Contributions
  • 2023 NEC® Public Inputs by CCCA
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) safety reviews and collaboration amongst industry manufacturers

Performance

As some of the most advanced connectivity manufacturers on earth, our members work with industry organizations that define performance standards.

Some of our recent activities

  • NFPA 70 NEC® / 90A / 75 etc. Code & Standards Revision Contributions
  • 2023 NEC® Public Inputs by CCCA
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) safety reviews and collaboration amongst industry manufacturers

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Topic Resources

CCCA Provides the industry with a wide variety of resources to educate and inform. From videos to articles to white papers, we encourage everyone interacting with cable and connectivity to refer to these resources when making buying or installation decisions.

Articles and Resources

2021-05-06T17:59:38+00:00

Non-Compliant and Counterfeit Cable: A Risk Too Real to Ignore

In recent years, the industry has heard a good deal of discussion about noncompliant and counterfeit communications cable used for in-building information and communications technology (JCT) infrastructures that support network, security and building automation systems. Much of this has been [...]

2021-05-11T05:07:37+00:00

What to Specify When Buying Safe, Performing Patch Cords

As we have reported previously, over 80% of patch cords surveyed in the market, primarily from off-shore suppliers, failed to meet the performance specifications of ANSI/TIA-568-C.2. In these tests, almost half of the non-compliant samples failed 568-C.2 requirements by at [...]

2021-05-11T05:12:41+00:00

Case Study: Learning from an Encounter with Counterfeit Cable

Case Study Learning from an Encounter with Counterfeit Cable Over the past six years, one computer educator and IT coordinator for a small K-8 elementary school, had been pushing for the school to upgrade its aging category 5 cabling [...]

2021-06-07T20:56:09+00:00

Local Area Network (LAN) Cable Performance Testing for Patch Cords

Performance Verification for Category 5e, 6 & 6A Patch Cords In addition to UL’s Channel and Permanent Link performance testing, UL offers Patch Cord performance (verification) testing. Patch Cord performance is critical to the quality of system performance and data [...]

2020-08-31T15:42:36+00:00

Counterfeit Communications Cable Fire Test Video

CCCA conducted fire tests at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), comparing counterfeit communications cable to compliant cable. This video briefly introduces the problem of counterfeit cable and shows the actual fire test and the spectacular results. View the other [...]

2021-05-11T05:06:52+00:00

Raising the Bar on Patch Cord Performance in the Real World

This paper examines patch cord field performance problems relating to the 8-pin modular connector and cable assembly construction in general. Applicable standards such as ANSI/TIA-1096, IEC 60603-7, and IEC 60512-99-001 are reviewed. Compliance and verification issues and how they relate [...]

2021-06-07T19:07:20+00:00

Press release: INFORM Consumers Act

CCCA endorses and recommends the passage of legislation to protect consumers from counterfeit and stolen products sold online. This urgently needed INFORM Consumers Act will bring greater transparency and accountability to dominant online marketplaces.

2021-05-06T17:54:49+00:00

Impact of Copper Clad Aluminum Conductors Within Balanced Pair Cables

This paper by the Fiberoptic Industry Association (FIA) reviews the implications of using low cost imported products that claim to be “Category 5” or “Category 5e” using Copper Clad Aluminium (CCA) conductors. This document supports many others prepared by [...]

2021-06-22T21:00:38+00:00

SHOP SAFE Act – One-page Summary

CCCA is part of an industry consortium supporting the effort to generate the SHOP SAFE Act in the U.S. House of Representatives and the INFORM Consumers Act in the Senate. These two pieces of legislation aim to fight the sale [...]

2021-06-07T21:42:14+00:00

Fluke Application Note: Copper Clad Aluminum (CCA) Cables

The existence of non-standards compliant, and often counterfeit, cabling products in the market can present serious problems for the companies using them, as well as the cabling installers and engineers who place these products within their customers’ network environments. [...]

2021-06-07T21:07:41+00:00

2 Simple Ways to Comply with the 2020 NEC

As the number of applications utilizing Power over Ethernet (PoE) technologies continues to grow, 4-pair cables are increasingly being used to transmit both data and power, adding new dimensions to cabling performance and safety requirements.

2021-05-11T05:05:54+00:00

How Smart Infrastructure Can Become Dangerously Dumb

The evolution and growth of applications and new technologies are driving the need for high-performance and high-value cable, a crucial infrastructure necessity that is often overlooked or thought of as a “commodity”. Today’s critical applications require 100% reliability and ever [...]