Communications Cable & Connectivity Association

CCCA is the voice of the structured cabling industry. Leading manufacturers of cable and connectivity products, distributors, and material suppliers have joined together in CCCA to inform, educate and provide thought leadership on vital issues and topics. 

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BICSI Virtual ICT Forum

June 25, 2020 1:00-5:00 PM EST

CCCA will present Non-Compliant & Counterfeit Cable at the first virtual BICSI ICT Forum.  The topic will focus on the Safety and Performance Impacts and Liabilities of Installing Counterfeit Cables.  A registration link will be here when available.


2020 National Electrical Code® Article
This Cabling Installation & Maintenance article by Stan Kaufman explains in more detail the key changes that are of interest to manufacturers, installers, distributors, and users of communications cable. 
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2020 NFPA Codes & Standards - News Flash
The National Fire Protection Association has published the 2020 National Electrical Code® (NEC®). 
CCCA has summarized several changes that are important to the communications cable industry.
CCCA 2020 NFPA 70 NEC Summary

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.
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CCCA Advisory: Legislative Actions Affecting Contractors for Low Voltage Circuits & Equipment

CCCA is aware of State Legislative Initiatives to Restrict Low-Voltage Contractors and Integrators from Installing Equipment, Cabling and Infrastructure.

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CCCA Executive Director, David Kiddoo, highlights the association - what types of companies are members and some of the organization's goals.


Watch presentation and videos from BICSI General Session - February 6, 2018. .BICSI asks for your email address to access the video, then just click on the BICSI ad and you'll be at the video.



Cable Fire Test Video
CCCA conducted fire tests at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), comparing counterfeit communications cable to compliant cable. Watch the dramatic results! 
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How to Specify Safe, Performing Patch Cords
For anyone who purchases patch cords, here’s a quick reference of what to put in your procurement contract! When specifying this UL 3992 verification program from your Supplier, you can be assured of the performance of your patch cords!
What to Specify

Raising the Bar on Patch Cord Performance in the Real World
Presentation Video by Randy Ivans of UL


UL Launches Data Center Reliability and Safety Certification Program
A new program to certify the reliability of data centers is now available. The program from UL and ESD Consulting helps mitigate risk for critical business infrastructure through the new UL 3223 Standard.
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Dave Kiddoo, explaining CCCA's Good Cable - Bad Cable display at InfoComm.


TIA Announces Sustainability Standard for In-building Technology Sytems.
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International Effort to Stop Counterfeit and Non-compliant Cables


CCCA research and activities were presented to the European Union (EU), world law enforcement and customs officials – Europol, Interpol and World Customs Organization.

Europol Conference Press Release

Buyer Beware! Verify, BEFORE you buy!
UL warns of potentially hazardous communications cable
(Release 17PN-13)
UL Public Notice

UL warns of potentially hazardous communications cables (Releases 15PN-01, 15PN-03 and 15PN-04)
UL Public Notice 

UL warns of potentially hazardous communications cable (Release 14PN-08)
UL Public Notice

Hot Topics

Actual Case Encounter with Counterfeit Cable Certification
CCCA is raising the alarm again and cautioning by citing real-life failures with copper clad aluminum (CCA) communication cables offered by low cost, online suppliers.
Press Release 

The Dangers of Cutting Corners
Inside Networks  features expert commentary on copper clad aluminum issues.
Article PDF 

Wire & Cable Technology International  publishes "Potential Liability for Contractors Installing or Manufacturers Marketing Falsely Labeled Copper Clad Aluminum" white paper.
White Paper Article PDF

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

BICSI’s ICT Today  discusses how staying informed and maintaining a degree of due diligence can make or break your reputation in this industry. Includes case studies of real encounters with counterfeit cable.
Non-Compliant Cable Article in ICT Today

Risk, Responsibility and Reputation: What You Need to Know about Non-Compliant Cable

CABA’s iHome and Buildings addresses the safety, performance and liability risks associated with compliance.

CABA article_Non-Compliant Cable