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

2020-03-19T12:54:37+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 [...]

2020-05-28T13:23:18+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.

2020-03-19T14:28:43+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 [...]

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 [...]