SCTE Eyes Compliance with NEC


The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ standards program announced a new initiative Tuesday to develop a standard guidance document for the installation compliance of broadband networks with the National Electric Code.

The work will be done by the SCTE’s working group seven, a new working group under the auspices of the society’s Interface Practices Subcommittee, and it will be led by Wayne Hall, vice president of engineering for Comcast Corp. and chairman of the SCTE’s board of directors.

"The National Electric Code is the base document for grounding and installation practices related to premises wiring, and there is no intent to develop any kind of competitive document," Hall said in a release.

"However, there are areas in the NEC where some interpretation is possible, and it’s important that how to do compliant broadband installations is understood by both the operators and local authorities," he added.

The group’s first meeting will be held Jan. 12 in conjunction with the SCTE’s Conference on Emerging Technologies, taking place Jan. 13–15 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Dallas.