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FOA Creates Web Site To Assist Users In Planning and Installing Fiber Optic Communications Systems

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The FOA is working to fill a void in the information available about fiber optics, creating a web site devoted to information useful to the end user who is considering using fiber optics in their communications systems or planning and installing a network. The end user, who owns and uses communications systems, often finds it hard to get information about fiber optics aimed specifically at them. Industry standards are written by and for manufacturers. Most training material is written to train installation techs, the group the FOA focuses on with its certification programs.

contemporary The FOA has created a special section of its website where end users can find answers to their questions on fiber optics or even find out what questions to ask. In addition, it includes step-by-step recommendations for making a decision whether fiber is the best choice for them, planning the system, choosing components, communications system equipment and even a contractor to install everything.

As a non-profit professional society chartered to promote fiber optics, the FOA offers an unique, unbiased perspective on this process that can assist users in making the best choices for their needs. Besides basic information needed by users, the web site has links to many technical references and standards they will find helpful. The web site is http://www.thefoa.org/user/

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. is an nonprofit educational organization chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards. Over 170 FOA-Approved schools around the world have certified more than 22,000 fiber optic technicians. The FOA offers free online introductory fiber optic programs for everyone and training for instructors at FOA-Approved schools. For more information on the FOA, see the organization's website http://www.thefoa.org/, email info@thefoa.org or call 760-451-3655.




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