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Revised as of October 1, 2011
Goto Year:2010 |
§ 68.213 Installation of other than "fully protected" non-system simple
customer premises wiring.
(a) Scope of this rule. Provisions of this rule apply only to
"unprotected" premises wiring used with simple installations of wiring
for up to four line residential and business telephone service. More
complex installations of wiring for multiple line services, for use
with systems such as PBX and key telephone systems, are controlled by
§ 68.215 of these rules.
(b) Wiring authorized. Unprotected premises wiring may be used to
connect units of terminal equipment or protective circuitry to one
another, and to carrier-installed facilities if installed in accordance
with these rules. The provider of wireline telecommunications is not
responsible, except pursuant to agreement between it and the customer
or undertakings by it, otherwise consistent with Commission
requirements, for installation and maintenance of wiring on the
subscriber's side of the demarcation point, including any wire or jacks
that may have been installed by the carrier. The subscriber and/or
premises owner may install wiring on the subscriber's side of the
demarcation point, and may remove, reconfigure, and rearrange wiring on
that side of the demarcation point including wiring and wiring that may
have been installed by the carrier. The customer or premises owner may
not access carrier wiring and facilities on the carrier's side of the
demarcation point. Customers may not access the protector installed by
the provider of wireline telecommunications. All plugs and jacks used
in connection with inside wiring shall conform to the published
technical criteria of the Administrative Council for Terminal
Attachments. In multiunit premises with more than one customer, the
premises owner may adopt a policy restricting a customer's access to
wiring on the premises to only that wiring located in the customer's
individual unit wiring that serves only that particular customer. See
§ 68.105 in this part. The customer or premises owner may not access
carrier wiring and facilities on the carrier's side of the demarcation
point. Customers may not access the protector installed by the provider
of wireline telecommunications. All plugs and jacks used in connection
with inside wiring shall conform to the published technical criteria of
the Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments.
(c) Material requirements. (1) For new installations and modifications
to existing installations, copper conductors shall be, at a minimum,
solid, 24 gauge or larger, twisted pairs that comply with the
electrical specifications for Category 3, as defined in the ANSI
EIA/TIA Building Wiring Standards.
(2) Conductors shall have insulation with a 1500 Volt rms minimum
breakdown rating. This rating shall be established by covering the
jacket or sheath with at least 15 cm (6 inches) (measured linearly on
the cable) of conductive foil, and establishing a potential difference
between the foil and all of the individual conductors connected
together, such potential difference gradually increased over a 30
second time period to 1500 Volts rms, 60 Hertz, then applied
continuously for one minute. At no time during this 90 second time
interval shall the current between these points exceed 10 milliamperes
(3) All wire and connectors meeting the requirements set forth in
paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) shall be marked, in a manner visible to
the consumer, with the symbol "CAT 3" or a symbol consisting of a "C"
with a "3" contained within the "C" character, at intervals not to
exceed one foot (12 inches) along the length of the wire.
(d) Attestation. Manufacturers (or distributors or retailers, whichever
name appears on the packaging) of non-system telephone premises wire
shall attest in a letter to the Commission that the wire conforms with
part 68, FCC Rules.
[ 49 FR 21734 , May 23, 1984, as amended at 50 FR 29392 , July 19, 1985;
50 FR 47548 , Nov. 19, 1985; 51 FR 944 , Jan. 9, 1986; 55 FR 28630 , July
12, 1990; 58 FR 44907 , Aug. 25, 1993; 62 FR 36464 , July 8, 1997; 65 FR 4140 , Jan. 26, 2000; 66 FR 7583 , Jan. 24, 2001]
Goto Section: 68.211 | 68.214
Goto Year: 2010 |
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