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July 2021

The July FOA Newsletter is focused on FTTH.
Over the last year and a half, the pandemic has shown us how important broadband Internet access is to people working and learning from home. In this special issue of the FOA Newsletter, we focus on FTTH and what the FOA has been doing to support the expansion of FTTH networks.

We've compiled all our information about FTTH and printed a new book,
The Fiber Optic Association Fiber To The Home Handbook. See below
 
We've updated FTTH pages in the FOA Guide including a new page of FTTH design, added 4 new FTTH videos to the FOA YouTube channel and updated the Fiber U FTTH self-study course, including adding a new lesson plan on Designing FTTH Networks.

As a gift to the fiber optic community we have updated the free Fiber U FTTH self-study course and made the Certificate of Completion test FREE too! Yes, from now until September 30, 2021, when you complete the Fiber U FTTH course, you can get your Fiber U FTTH Certificate of Completion FREE.

If you have already taken the
Fiber U FTTH self-study course, you may want to return to it and take the new lesson on Designing FTTH Networks.


Features
July Is also FTTH Month
New FOA FTTH Handbook
New FOA FTTH Tech Materials
4 New FTTH Video Lectures
Updated FTTH Course at Fiber U (AND FREE)
Broadband in California
FOA OJT-to-Cert Program


Plus sections on:
News:
Perils of Aerial Cable, Mapping Broadband in the US, Can Facebook Disrupt Wireless?
Technical:
Why Isn't My  FTTH Faster? Properly Managed Fiber Pedestal, Reusing Older Equipment
Worth Reading:
Review of the month's online articles of interest
Q&A: Reader's questions
Training/FiberU: New schools, videos and Fiber U courses

And Much More

Read The Latest FOA Online Newsletter


New FOA FTTH Handbook Plus FTTH Updates in FOA Guide and Fiber U

FOA has been busy updating our FTTH technical and learning materials and even published the materials in a new book. Great timing for all the FTTH projects we see right now!

New FTTH Handbook
For Planners, Managers, Designers, Installers And Operators Of FTTH - Fiber To The Home - Networks
FOA FTTH Handbook

FOA's FTTH Handbook:
We've gathered all our information on FTTH from the FOA Guide and past issues of the FOA Newsletter and edited it into a 112 page "FTTH Handbook." We even added a section on planning and managing FTTH Projects. The Fiber Optic Association Fiber To The Home Handbook is available from Amazon in print and Kindle editions.

FOA Guide: Added a section on FTTH Network Design, updated sections on Architecture and PONs (including 10G)
FOA's YouTube Channel: Added 4 new FTTH videos on Network Architecture, PONs, Network Design and Installation/Test.


Fiber U: Updated the free Fiber U FTTx self-study course using all this new material and added a lesson on FTTH Design. This uses the new materials created for the FOA Guide and FOA YouTube channel. (For a limited time you can take the Fiber U Certificate of Completion test FREE! See details here.)


New FOA YouTube Video Describes On-The-Job Training (OJT) And How To Use Fiber U To Make It Work Better.

To explain How OJT works and FOA's OJT-To-Cert program, FOA created a short 10 minute YouTube video that explains what OJT is, who uses it and how to use Fiber U to organize and enhance OJT for new employees and experienced workers too.

Lecture 62: On The Job Training For Fiber Optics Using Fiber U

OJT is the well-known term for "on-the-job training." Workers learn on the job under the supervision of experienced co-workers. FOA has been asked many times how its resources like Fiber U can be used to help employers and their employee trainees involved in OJT. The interest in OJT has been so high, especially during the difficult year in 2020, that FOA has worked with employers and employees to formalize an OJT program and create training aids to help employers develop qualified techs using OJT.

OJT

The FOA Fiber U “OJT-To-Cert” program  includes both fiber optics and premises cabling (copper, fiber & wireless), so it covers techs working in both outside plant and premises jobs.

The FOA Fiber U OJT program combines online study at Fiber U with OJT with mentoring by experienced co-workers and their supervisor to help new employees develop into FOA-certified technicians in only one year.  Upon completion of this program, the trainee will be prepared to take the exam for the FOA CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) and/or CPCT (Certified Premises Cabling Technician), the most widely recognized fiber optic and premises cabling certifications in the industry.

Like other FOA programs, the OJT-To-Cert program is free. The FOA provides directions for use of the free Fiber U online training programs and we provide a log for the trainee to keep track of their progress. The only cost is the two fiber U certificates of completion and the FOA certification exam at the end of the program.

If you and/or your company is interested in the FOA Fiber U “OJT-To-Cert” program, pleae contact FOA.



Fiber U

New Fiber U MiniCourses

Got An Hour? Learn Something New About Fiber Optics.

Online learning has been growing even more popular during the pandemic, and FOA's Fiber U free online courses have certainly been popular. We've just introduced a new type of short course, one you can finish in an hour or less, that covers a specific topic. The topics were easy to pick; they are ones we're asked about often.

The courses have two components, video lectures and readings, that are complementary. As usual there is a self-test to allow you to check your comprehension. As with other Fiber U courses if you desire, you can take a short test for a Fiber U Certificate of Completion that costs
only $10.


New Fiber U MiniCourse - Color Codes

color codes

FOA has created another Fiber U MiniCourse, the Fiber U Color Codes MiniCourseThis course covers the color codes used in fiber optics. We cover fiber color codes for numbering, cable jackets and connectors used to identify fibers. After we finished, we wondered "Why didn't we do this a long time ago!"



All these free courses and many more are available at Fiber U.


FOA Guide "Basics Of Fiber Optics" Now Available Online in Portuguese

FOA has now translated the Basics of Fiber Optics  in our Online Guide into Portuguese, joining Spanish and French translations. For those speaking Portuguese, we have the technical information and for schools we also have curriculum available.

Here is the FOA Guide in Portuguese, Spanish and French translations.


Try The FOA's New Online Loss Budget Calculator

FOA has written many articles about loss budgets, something everyone involved in fiber optics needs to know and needs to know how to calculate. We've created a online Loss Budget Calculator that does the work for you. Just input your cable plant data and it calculates the loss budget. It works on any device, especially smartphones and tablets for field use and even allows printing the results.
 

FOA Loss Budget Calculator


Bookmark this page (especially on your smartphone): FOA Loss Budget Calculator Online


SPECIAL OFFER - Save 1/3 On Your Certification Renewal Cost

In the near future, there will be a requirement for continuing education to renew your FOA certifications. FOA is testing an option for renewals where you take a short Fiber U online self-study course with certificate of completion exam and pay for renewal when taking the exam. 

If you would like to help FOA test this option, you can save 1/3 the cost of your renewal.  Go here to take the Fiber U CFOT Renewal Course:



New Sections In FOA Guide

FOA Guide

The FOA Guide Section on FTTH is completely updated - lots of new material including a "FTTH Design" section.

Have you seen the new  FOA Guide section for OSP Construction? Most CFOTs deal with fiber after installation - splicing, terminating ans testingyou, so this section tells  what happens before the CFOTs arrive. It's a great lesson for managers and supervisors too! 

A new page on Sources For Fiber Optic Transmitters - LEDs And Lasers  

There is a new page on coherent communications too - how fiber goes farther and faster.

Also new - FOA Guide section on inspecting and cleaning connectors.


Fiber U

Fiber U Offers Free Online Self-Study Programs, and "Fiber U Certificate of Completion" For All FOA Certification Courses.

New MiniCourses - Learn something useful in an hour or less.

New Fiber U Basic Skills Labs - Updates on the Fiber Optic Basic Skills Lab and new Copper Premises Cabling Basic Skills Lab. Both fiber and copper basic skills labs includes a DIY (do-it-yourself) course where you can buy equipment inexpensively and learn the skills at home.

There is a new free Fiber U course on  OSP Construction.


Read more at Fiber U.



For Schools and Instructors

If your organization is interested in becoming an FOA Approved School, see New School Requirements and Application Procedures and Requirements For FOA Training Programs

If you are a current FOA Approved School, here is the School Update/Renewal Form.  

Classroom Resources For STEM Teachers In K-12 And Technical Schools

STEM teachers resources

Teachers in all grades can introduce their students to fiber optic technology with some simple demonstrations. FOA has created a page for STEM or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) teachers with materials appropriate to their classes. Fiber Optic Resources For STEM Teachers.

FOA also has a new YouTube Video on "Careers in Fiber Optics" and a "Careers In Fiber Optics" Website. See below.


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Corporate Members

Search for products and services offered by hundreds of FOA corporate members worldwide. Corporate members are  listed on the FOA website in map and list form.


FOA Corporate members

FOA offers corporate memberships to companies involved in fiber optics as manufacturers, contractors, installers, etc. FOA Corporate Members get substantial discounts on membership/certification renewals and direct certifications. Other benefits include access to training and direct certifications. Read more.


Lennie careers
FOA has a new YouTube Video on "Careers in Fiber Optics" and a
"Careers In Fiber Optics" Website.
Interested in exploring a career in fiber optics? FOA has created a YouTube Video and a webpage that describes what a fiber optic worker does, where they work and how to get started. It's mainly aimed at high school students but it's relevant to anyone interested in changing careers also. Go here for the Y
ouTube Video on "Careers in Fiber Optics" or the  FOA Careers In Fiber Optics webpage.



FOA Jobs

FOA "Finding A Job" Website
We get many questions from CFOTs, students at FOA-Approved schools and others contemplating getting into the fiber optic business regarding jobs in fiber optics - and how to find them - so we’ve created a new web page to share some information we've gathered about jobs in our industry. The information is designed to help you understand what jobs are available in fiber optics, how to find them and apply for them.

Looking For A Job In Fiber Optics?
Where Are The Jobs In Fiber Optics? This FOA YouTube Video talks about all the applications for fiber optics, what the jobs involve and the qualifications for the workers in the field. If you are currently looking for a job in fiber optics, here is the FOA's guide to jobs web page. The FOA Jobs Web Page has been updated and a new page added on Using your FOA Training/Certification to Find the Right Job in Fiber Optics


If you have job openings, let us post them on FOA on LinkedIn.




 

Free From FOA: NECA/FOA 301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard

NECA 301
Because of its importance to users, contractors and installers of fiber optic networks, The FOA and NECA have agreed to make the NECA/FOA 301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard available free from FOA.
Standards usually cover components and systems and how to test them, but rarely get into installation issues. This standard is derived from FOA educational material put in standards form and approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. It's specifically written to be used in contracts to define "installation in a neat and workmanlike manner."   Go to
NECA/FOA 301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard to learn more and download your free copy.
FOA videos  FOA Videos

The FOA has created a special FOA channel on YouTube, thefoainc, where we've posted over 110 instructional videos and lectures for everyone's use. We've got lectures on premises cabling and fiber optics and  hands-on demonstrations about fiber optics and communications cabling - yes, even "Cat 5"!

FOA channel on YouTube, thefoainc


FOA on LinkedIn


FOA on LinkedIn

FOA - official company page on LinkedIn

FOA - covers FOA, technology and jobs in the fiber optic marketplace

FOA Fiber Optic Training - open to everyone, covers fiber optic technology and training topics

FOA School Instructors - a closed group for instructors and administrators at FOA-approved schools



FOA Reference Books (Printed or Kindle eBooks!)

FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics book
FOA text in Spanish FOA Text in French FOA Reference Guide to Premises Cablng book  FOA Reference Guide to OSP Fiber Optics book FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics Design book  FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optic OSP Construction book  FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics Testing book  FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optic OSP Construction book
Fiber Optics (4 languages), Premises Cabling, OSP fiber and construction, Network Design, Testing and FTTH

   The FOA has it's own reference books for everyone working in fiber optics - contractors, installers and end users as well as for use as textbooks in classes at educational institutions. They are available as printed books or Kindle at much lower prices than most textbooks since we self-publish and sell online, cutting out the middlemen. Click on the book images for more information. The Reference Guide To Fiber Optics is also available in Spanish and French (print and online) and Portuguese (online only.)

Click on any book for more information about it.



Getting Started Guides
Lennie    Uncle Ted

These two guides are simple introductions to the subjects. They will explain the applications, jargon, components and installation in a quick overview.
Lennie Lightwave's Guide to Fiber Optics (online) and available as PDF download or a free iBook on iTunes  
Uncle Ted's Guide to Communications (Premises) Cabling   (online) and available as a PDF download or a free iBook on iTunes  

Lennie Lightwave's Guide - Printed Edition

FOA has reprinted "Lennie Lightwave's Guide" on its 25th anniversary in a special print edition.

Lennie 25th Anniversary

Many of you have used the current online version of Lennie's Guide on the FOA website. Now you can have a slick printed version - real paper and colored pictures - you can hold in your hand and read. Leave a copy on your desktop to impress your friends, or on the table in your company's reception area instead of out-of-date magazines. Give them to your customers and employees to help them learn fiber optics. Use it to prepare for FOA certifications.

You can get your own copies of
Lennie Lightwave's Guide at Amazon.com, only $9.95 each US$.


 
Looking For "Hands-On" Fiber Optic Training With FOA Certification?
You can find a list of FOA approved schools that offer CFOT® certification here on the list of FOA approved schools. 


 
 
Certification Renewal
FOA Certified persons must renew their CFOT® or CFOS certifications when they expire. Please make sure we have your current address. Download the renewal form, or renew online.




 

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