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TR-42 Opening Plenary – February 2021


Monday, February 1, 2021
8:00 am - 10:45 am - CDT
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TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee

Date:                            February 1, 2021

Time:                            8:00AM-10:45AM CST

Location:                      Virtual GoToWebinar

Chair:                            Greg Sandels

Vice Chair:                    Henry Franc

Secretary:                     Jonathan Jew

Meeting/Event Schedule: see TIA’s Events Calendar for the full schedule (https://tiaonline.org/events/)

Event Registration: (not required as meeting is not in person)

GoToWebinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4508463178652796941

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TIA is actively seeking participation in TR-42 standards projects from the user and general interest categories

  1. Administrative/General Business
    • Call to Order
    • Attendance (Call Quorum, Introductions, Roster)
    • Current Meeting Agenda Review and Approval
    • TIA Intellectual Property Rights (Early Disclosure Policy)

TIA’s Intellectual Property Rights Policy can be found in Statements of Policy (ANNEX C) and other clauses and annexes of TIA Standards Development Procedures. Participants in the work of the TIA Formulating Groups are urged to review the appropriate sections. Individual participants are encouraged to notify TIA of any patent(s) or published pending patent application(s) of which they are aware that may be essential to the practice of a proposed TIA Publication, including requirements introduced through normative references, early on in the development to reduce the possibility for delays in the development process and increase the likelihood that the proposed TIA Publication will become a Standard. However, a Patent Holder who has provided TIA with a TIA Patent Holder Statement with respect to the applicable proposed TIA Publication need not (but may elect to) identify its specific patent(s) or published pending patent application(s) that may be essential to the practice of the proposed TIA Publication in question. Patent searches are not required to comply with the TIA Intellectual Property Rights Policy.

  • Distribution of documents and contributions
  • Chair’s Report and General Items
    • Migration of TR-42 to TIA Connect
    • Leadership elections will be held during this meeting for odd numbered subcommittees 42.1, 42.3, 42.5, 42.7, 42.9, 42.11, and 42.13
  1. Task Group Reports
    • NEC Input Task Group
  2. Subcommittee work items this week
    • TR-42.1 – Generic Telecommunications Cabling and Premises Cabling
    • TR-42.3 – Telecommunications Administration, Pathways, Spaces, Bonding and Grounding
    • TR-42.5 – Telecommunications Infrastructure Terms and Symbols
    • TR-42.7 – Telecommunications Copper cabling Systems
    • TR-42.9 – Industrial Telecommunications Infrastructure
    • TR-42.11 – Optical Fiber Systems
    • TR-42.12 – Optical Fibers and cables
    • TR-42.13 – Passive Optical devices and Fiber Optics Metrology
  3. Registration links for the meetings are below:
TR-42 Opening Plenary


TR-42 Closing Plenary https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7489311769320984077
TR-42.1 – Feb 1 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2906018439656467212
TR-42.1 – Feb 2 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1952123932839938828
TR-42.3 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/220561344371963148
TR-42.5 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8975316027910700300
TR-42.7 – Jan 29 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5582124188546536204
TR-42.7 – Feb 4 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/910758877986862092
TR-42.9 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1282907280105990924
TR-42.11 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4022439456757662733
TR-42.12 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7553773937034774285
TR-42.13 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7433919473025963021
USTAG  86A https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/297499670526692621
USTAG ISO/IEC JTC1 SC25 WG3 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/362230119077263117
TR-42 Follow Up https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8649231665438650893


  1. Liaison letters and reports
    • Incoming liaison letters
      • Other incoming liaison letters
    • Liaison Reports
      • IEEE 802.3
      • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25/WG 3 (US TAG)
      • IEC TC 46, IEC SC 46C & IEC SC 48B
      • IEC TC 86
        • SC 86A
        • SC 86B
        • SC 86C
      • ODVA/SC65C JWG10
      • BICSI
      • NFPA
        • Panel 3
        • Panel 16
      • TIA
      • FOTC
      • SPEC
  1. Photography Contest

The Chair would like TR-42 members to submit photos reflective of the location of our meetings.  TR-42 will select the best photo for each meeting during the closing plenary and at the end of the year select the best photo of the year. The photo of the year winner will be presented with their winning submission printed on glass.

The winner of last meeting’s photo contest was Brian Shuman with his photo of Sunflowers, which also won photo of the year 2020.

  1. New business and output documents
    • Output documents to be reviewed at the closing plenary
    • Other
    • Action Items derived from meeting
  1. Upcoming Meetings
  • June 7-11, 2021 – Date fixed – Location TBD, preferably in Canada (e.g., Quebec City, Toronto)

Subsequent Meetings

  • October 4-8, 2021- date tentative, location TBD



All TIA non-members can download contributions and other meeting documents before the meeting by accessing the following TR-42 Standalone Library: https://connect.tiaonline.org/communities/community-home/librarydocuments?LibraryKey=3EAA9087-C7B2-4503-9DFB-C3787088B28D


TR-42 members/participants are instructed to download contributions and other meeting documents from TIA Connect (connect.tiaonline.org) before the meeting.

To access the meeting’s contributions, please follow the directions below:

  • Go to tiaonline.org
  • Enter your Username (your email address in the TIA database)
  • Enter your Password
  • Click “LOGIN”
  • Click the “Communities” tab and then select “All My Communities
  • Scroll down the page and select “TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems
  • Click on “Documents” and then select the “2021-02 Virtual” folder


Contributions shall use the approved templates and specific wording provided by TIA.  Contributions affecting a document are to include a TIA cover sheet, proposed text to be included in the document, and the rationale/substantiation for the contribution.  File templates are available on TIA Connect under the Standards Procedure Toolbox tab in the Form folder.  All contributions shall be submitted to the electronic document coordinator (EDC).  All electronic files shall be provided in either Adobe Acrobat (*.PDF); Microsoft Word (*.DOC); Microsoft PowerPoint (*.PPT); or in Microsoft Excel(*.XLS).  Compressed files shall be accessible using PKUNZIP or WINZIP (*.ZIP).

Early submittal and posting of contributions for consideration in meetings is highly encouraged.  Contributions shall be submitted to the EDC as soon as possible and then posted to the appropriate TIA Connect folders by the EDC as soon after receipt as possible, preferably within one business day.  All contributions shall be posted to the appropriate location on TIA Connect no later than 12:00 noon EST on the Monday preceding the week of the meeting in which the contribution is to be considered (example: if the meeting will be held on Thursday the 20th, the contributions shall be posted by noon on Monday the 10th).


Contributions not provided to the EDC within 24-hours of the meeting shall be classified as “late contributions.” They may be considered in the meeting to which they are addressed at the discretion of the chair.  All late contributions shall be provided to the EDC and to the committee members on a memory stick or other electronic media.  All late contributions shall be posted to TIA Connect within one week of meeting adjournment.

Questions and comments on this agenda should be submitted to:

Greg Sandels, Vice Chair gsandels@ofsoptics.com (770) 798-2036
Henry Franc, Vice-Chair Henry.Franc@belden.com (905) 819-0241
Jonathan Jew, EDC & Secretary jew@j-and-m.com (415) 515-4304


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