White paper addresses NEC changes affecting comms, data cabling

The paper published by the CCCA provides must-know information on 10 articles changes within the National Electrical Code.

A white paper posted on the website of the Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (CCCA) summarizes changes to 10 articles in the 2011 National Electrical Code that the CCCA believes will be of interest to users, installers and manufacturers of communications and data cable as well as code-enforcement officials.

The paper summarizes notable changes in the NEC, including revisions to Article 645 covering computer rooms that establish a new category of data centers with enhanced fire protection as well as the adoption of Article 840, which deals with optical-fiber-based broadband communications. Additionally, applications and installation rules for optical fiber and communications cables have been extensively revised, the CCCA notes, including new restrictions on wiring in air ducts.

CCCA executive director Frank Peri said the white paper is "a great example of how CCCA strives to stay on top of key developments that affect our industry. We are pleased to provide this well-organized and informative guide to help navigate through the changes in the 2011 NEC of interest to the structured cabling industry and code-enforcement officials responsible for inspecting installations for code compliance."

Download the white paper.

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