Communication Planning Corp. launches abandoned cable removal service

Aug. 10, 2005 - The service includes assessing a facility's abandoned-cable situation and providing connections to removal contractors.

Communication Planning Corp. ( has added abandoned-cable removal services to its cadre of communications-cabling service offerings. "With the focus on safety in the workplace and the changes in the building safety codes and standards, staying in compliance can be expensive and confusing," the company said when announcing the new service offering. "CPC's service has been designed to help building owners and tenants navigate through the process."

According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 60 billion feet of communications cabling has been installed in the United States. Communications Planning Corp. believes that a significant percentage of communications cabling has been abandoned in buildings, and represents a large potential fire hazard and a dangerous source of toxic gases in a fire scenario. The company's Abandoned Cable Removal Services will provide assessment services for identification of abandoned cable in office buildings, as well as connections with local contractors to handle the required removal to comply with the appropriate code, as approved by the local authority having jurisdiction.

"This package offering is available to building owners, property managers, tenants, and corporate network engineers," the company added. "This recommended abatement is based on concern over the accumulated buildup of combustible and toxic materials in the abandoned cable."

In announcing the service offering, CPC commented that nearly 4,000 people died in fires in the United States last year, and that toxic gases or smoke caused almost 80% of those deaths.

The company points out that its Abandoned Cable Removal Services program is delivered through professional cable-inventory specialists-local contractors-referred by CPC through its contacts at trade associations including the National Electrical Contractors Association, BICSI, the Building Owners and Managers Association, and the Continental Automated Buildings Association.

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