OCTOBER 15, 2007 -- The Fiber Optic Association (search for FOA) says it is working to fill a void in the information available about fiber optics by creating a web site devoted to information for end users considering fiber-optic communications systems and/or planning and installing a network.
End users often find it hard to get information about fiber optics aimed specifically at them, as industry standards are written by and for manufacturers, note FOA representatives. Most training material is written to train installation technicians, which is the group the FOA targets with its certification programs.
As such, the FOA has created a special section of its website where end users can find answers to their questions on fiber optics or even learn which questions they should be asking. In addition, the website includes step-by-step recommendations for making the decision to use fiber, including planning the system, choosing the components and system equipment, and even choosing the right contractor to install the network.
As a non-profit professional society chartered to promote fiber optics, the FOA says it offers an unique, unbiased perspective on this process that can assist users in making the best choices for their needs.Â