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NECA/FOA 301 Standard

Installing and Testing Fiber Optics

 NECA/FOA-301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard
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The FOA and NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) in 2001 cooperated to develop the first ANSI standard (American National Standard) covering the installation of fiber optic cable plants. The NECA/FOA-301 standard is unique in the standards world as it was written by contractors and installers for contractors and installers to provide guidelines on how fiber optics should be installed properly. This standard was written to clarify the meaning of the National Electrical Code (NEC) that calls for the installation of equipment in a "neat and workmanlike" manner. The standard covers the installation and testing of the fiber optic cable plant and is intended to be complementary to other appropriate component and testing standards such as those written by TIA and ISO/IEC. NECA/FOA-301 has been kept up to date with revisions in 2004 and 2009.

NECA/FOA-301is not just for US users. The standard covers basic practices used worldwide and is an excellent document to use for creating the proper project documents such as a statement of work (SOW), request for proposal (RFP) or request for quote (RFQ) on any fiber optic project.

NECA/FOA-301 is part of the NECA NEIS (National Electrical Installation Standards) series that includes not only standards appropriate to electrical installations but also the installation of pathways and spaces and low-voltage cabling, in many cases the installation of components not covered by the usual cabling standards. More information on the NECA-NEIS standards can be found at

The NECA/FOA-301 standard is free to all FOA members (download a copy here, PDF, 1.3MB) or printed copies may be purchased from the NECA-NEIS website for $20 for NECA members or $40 for others

Table Of Contents

1.0 Scope                                            
1.1 Products and Applications Included                        
1.2 Regulatory and Other Requirements                        
1.3 Fiber Optic Topologies    
2.0 Definitions, Abbreviations, and Acronyms                    
2.1 Definitions                                        
2.2 Abbreviations and Acronyms  
3.0 Safety and Cautions for Fiber Optic Installation    
3.1 Fiber Optic Installation Safety                             
3.2 Cleanliness        
4.0 Installation Requirements                                
4.1 General Guidelines                                    
4.2 Support Structures                                    
4.3 Removal of Abandoned Cables                            
4.4 Fire Stopping                                        
4.5 Grounding & Bonding   
5.0 Fiber Optic Cables                                    
5.1 Cable Types                                        
5.2 Flammability Rating - Cable Ratings and Markings    
5.3 Fiber Optic Cable Color Codes                            
5.4 Installing Fiber Optic Cable                            
5.5 Cable Plant Hardware                                
5.6 Use of Cable Ties         
6.0 Fiber Optic Termination                                
6.1 General            
6.2 Fiber Optic Connectors                                
6.3 Fiber Optic Splices 
7.0 Testing the Installed Fiber Optic Cable Plant        
7.1 General                             
7.2 Continuity Testing                                    
7.3 Insertion Loss                                        
7.4 OTDR Testing    
8.0 Administration, Management and Documentation        
8.1 General                                     
Annex A: Calculating The Loss Budget For a Fiber Optic Cable Plant    
Annex B: Field Test Requirements                            
Annex C: Reference Standards

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