Zero dB joins Corning's Total Access Program for FTTH deployment

September 8, 2005 Hickory, NC -- Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning's Telecommunications segment, today announced Zero dB as the newest member of the Corning Total Access Program (TAP).

September 8, 2005 Hickory, NC -- Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning's Telecommunications segment, today announced Zero dB as the newest member of the Corning Total Access Program (TAP).

Corning's TAP provides highly qualified design, engineering, furnishing and installation companies with the tools necessary to ensure successful fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments. Certified TAP members receive all-inclusive access to Corning's FTTH solution. After completing specialized training in the installation of optical access networks, TAP members are able to offer their customers up to a 10-year extended product warranty on complete Corning FTTH solutions (drop cables and assemblies carry a three-year warranty).

Founded in 1994, Zero dB is an experienced engineering and consulting firm that creates network and facility solutions to meet the voice, video and data needs of its clients. The company is committed to providing the engineering and consulting expertise required to support FTTH network projects and programs and is currently planning, engineering, and implementing FTTH networks for municipalities, green field real estate developers, and public utility districts.

"We have been behind the concept of the Total Access Program from the beginning," notes Dana Bisaro, chief executive officer of Zero dB. "The program gives everyone involved an advantage. It gives us the specific training we need to deploy FTTH networks, and it is great for the client to know that Corning is prepared to stand behind their products like no one else."

"Zero dB's capabilities in designing and engineering FTTH networks, as well as their one-of-a- kind interoperability lab, make them an exciting addition to the Total Access Program," adds Robert Whitman, Corning's manager of broadband market development.

Through its Evolant Solutions for Access Networks, Corning Cable Systems offers specialized portfolios of products and services that enable customers to cost-effectively deploy fiber in the last mile, say Corning representatives. Evolant Solutions for Access Networks encompasses products that reduce the cost of deployment and increase the networks efficiency and reliability. The Evolant Solution also contains Corning NexCor optical fiber, an SMF-28e innovation, which addresses the unique needs of FTTH networks, while maintaining total backward compatibility with legacy standard singlemode fibers.

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