TIA’s Fiber Optics Technology Consortium Elects 2016 Officers

Arlington, Va. (February 12, 2016) – The Fiber Optics Technology Consortium (FOTC) of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has elected its slate of officers for 2016. Serving for his ninth consecutive term as Consortium Chair is Rodney Casteel, CommScope; Vice Chair is Lee Kellett, AFL/Light Brigade; Co-standards Chairs are Cindy Montstream, Legrand and Adrian Young, Fluke Networks; Membership Chair is Robert Reid, Panduit; and Communications Chair is Dede Starnes, Corning.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to lead this group,” said Casteel. “The enterprise network continues to evolve, with an ever increasing need for more bandwidth and higher data rates. There is a real need for information and training among network designers, consultants and end users and it’s very powerful to have representatives from different companies present a unified, vendor neutral message.”

“This year we are pleased to welcome Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies as a returning member of the Consortium along with The Siemon Company which joined at the end of 2015,” said Casteel. “The expertise and knowledge that these member companies bring to the discussion is extremely valuable.”

In 2016 the FOTC will continue to focus on educational materials and seminars. The FOTC presented pre-conference seminars at the past three BICSI conferences to standing room only audiences. “It’s great to see that there is so much interest in the market for more information,” said Casteel. “Because we are part of the TIA, our educational sessions teach about standards-compliant practices and technology, presented by members who have years of industry experience.”

The FOTC’s free webinar series continues to be the Fiber Optics Technology Consortium’s most popular program. Attendees earn one BICSI continuing education credit (CEC) for attending either the live conferences or watching them later on-demand. “It’s a great way for our members to offer training, information and guidance to interested people worldwide like network designers, consultants, engineers, technicians and end users who need the most current standard’s based information,” said Casteel.

The Fiber Optics Technology Consortium represents technology leaders committed to providing the most current, reliable and vendor neutral information about fiber optics and related technologies for advancing new and better communications solutions. Visit the FOTC at www.tiafotc.org to access the organization’s free network architecture model, watch Webinars, or read White Papers, fiber FAQs or standards updates.

About TIA’s FOTC
FOTC members are leading fiber cable, component and electronics companies including AFL, Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies, CommScope, Corning, EXFO, Fluke Networks, General Cable, JDSU, Legrand/Ortronics, OFS, Panduit, The Siemon Company, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, Superior Essex and Viavi. Visit the FOTC at www.tiafotc.org.


Ashley Simmons, 703-907-7704, asimmons@tiaonline.org

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.