USDA Rural Development Telecommunications Program accepts ADC fiber-optic panels

JANUARY 6, 2010 -- ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) says its portfolio of fiber-optic panels has been accepted by the USDA Rural Development Telecommunications program, allowing ADC’s products to be used in bringing improved, widespread broadband services to underserved and rural communities.

JANUARY 6, 2010 -- ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) says its portfolio of fiber-optic panels has been accepted by the USDA Rural Development Telecommunications program, allowing ADC’s products to be used in bringing improved, widespread broadband services to underserved and rural communities.

The fiber-optic panel product portfolio is designed to provide cable protection and management. It includes the FMT Series Fiber Optic Panel, the FPL Series Fiber Optic Panel, and the FL2000 and FL100 series of modular panels for rack and wall mountings.

Specific features include:

  • FMT Series Fiber Optic Panel -- Featuring a modular design, these panels are designed to enable termination, termination/splicing, termination/storage, splicing only, and slack storage for optical fibers in a 1 or 2 RU panel.
  • FPL Series Fiber Optic Panel -- These panels use an internal splicing system that creates a compact, high-density product that provides a wide range of features and options.
  • FL2000 Series Fiber Optic Panel -- The FL2000 system comprises a line of modular panels, for rack and wall mounting, that are fully adaptable to small distribution frames, telephone closet applications, or active equipment racks.
  • FL1000 Series Fiber Optic Panel -- This offering is designed to be mounted within standard 19- or 23-inch EIA equipment racks where limited floor space and small fiber counts often require multiple pieces of communications equipment share common racks.


The panels join what ADC described as “hundreds” of the company’s other products listed by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) that carriers serving rural areas in the United States and seeking funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 can use in their networks. Acceptance by the USDA Rural Development Telecommunications Program enables service providers seeking funding from the RUS to propose the use of these products in applications they submit for the agency’s loans and grants.

“As the first broadband stimulus awards are announced, rural carriers across the country can expand broadband access to their customers as they invest in broadband infrastructure development,” said Jaxon Lang, vice president of Global Connectivity Solutions - Americas for ADC. “ADC recognizes the importance of expanding broadband services to underserved and rural communities, and with the acceptance of these additional ADC fiber-optic products, we can ensure that the broadband connectivity solutions our customers require will be available when and where they need them.”

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