APACN's OSP line achieves USDA RUS certification

February 27, 2006 Minneapolis, MN -- APA Cables & Networks (APACN) announced that its line of Outside Plant (OSP) cabinets for FTTX networks has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) for use in its RUS loan program for funding broadband network deployment projects.

February 27, 2006 Minneapolis, MN -- APA Cables & Networks (APACN) announced that its line of Outside Plant (OSP) cabinets for FTTX networks has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) for use in its RUS loan program for funding broadband network deployment projects. APACN claims to be one of a limited number of OSP cabinet suppliers in the country that have been granted this approval.

To satisfy the USDA RD's standard requirements for OSP cabinets, APACN chose to complete the testing procedures for Telcordia GR-487 CORE. The GR-487 CORE certification assures APACN's Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) meets, and in most cases exceeds, the USDA RD's standards for a variety of hazards including corrosion, weather, fire, earthquake and vandalism.

"APA Cables & Networks is proud to be granted this distinguished designation by the Department of Agriculture," comments Cheri Podzimek, president of APACN. "We share the USDA Rural Development's vision and commitment to provide rural communities throughout America with the benefits that broadband services bring."

Prior to being listed by the USDA RD, suppliers must provide independent certification that their product can withstand the harsh conditions of an uncontrolled environment, such as extreme variations in temperature and humidity. In addition to the mechanical conditions, companies must satisfy the USDA RD's "Buy American" requirement that stipulates a minimum of 50% of the total cost of all components utilized are manufactured in the United States and eligible countries.

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