Corning granted acceptance for pedestal families

Oct. 7, 2005 - Move will allow service providers to purchase the pedestals with loans and grants.

Corning Cable Systems has been granted Rural Utilities Service acceptance for its Versatile Access Pedestal and OptiDrop Pedestal families.

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers loans and grants in order to increase the rate of deployment of technology to small towns in rural areas. RUS acceptance allows service providers to purchase the pedestals with these funds.

Corning Cable Systems OptiDrop Pedestals are optimized for optical access architectures, allowing cost-effective installation with savings in labor and consumables. The pedestals are easily re-enterable for future expansion and are available for both below-grade and aerial applications. The standard pedestal is molded from a plastic resin specifically designed to resist impact, ultraviolet and environmental degradation.

The Corning Cable Systems Versatile Access Pedestal (VPED) is a flame, impact and UV-resistant housing designed to provide mounting facilities and security for copper and optical fiber cable splicing and termination in a buried plant environment. The pedestal can be stake-mounted, pole-mounted or self-supported with the optional integral stake feature.

The pedestals are listed in the "List of Materials Acceptable for Use on Telecommunications Systems of RUS Borrowers."

The Versatile Access Pedestal and OptiDrop Pedestal families are part of Corning Cable Systems Evolant Solutions. Through its Evolant Solutions for Access Networks, Corning Cable Systems offers specialized portfolios of products and services that are designed to enable customers to cost-effectively deploy fiber in the last mile. Evolant Solutions for Access Networks encompasses products that are designed to reduce the cost of deployment and increase the networks efficiency and reliability.

Corning Cable Systems is based in Hickory, NC. For more information visit

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