Regarding the RDUP program, Tagliapietra said that a PCCA delegation met with RDUP officials and ACE members in August for a frank exchange of experiences and opinions.
The RDUP Task Force will continue its work on contract revisions with a report due in August.
The RDUP delegation included Gary Badlaw from the USDA's Office of the General Counsel, who is leading the rewrite effort; Broadband Division Director Ken Kuchno; Broadband Engineering Branch Chief Farwa Baqvi; RDUP Deputy Director Shawn Arner; and engineers from both the telecom and broadband divisions.
Participating from PCCA were RDUP Task Force Chair Kevin Mason, ElectriCom; PCCA President Herb Fluharty of Mears Group; PCCA Past President Steve Spears of Bonneville Construction; and PCCA member Greg Spalj, an attorney with Fabayanske Westra Hart & Thomson.
The newly listed cable products include the Company's Series 57 FTTP cables, which are designed to meet recently developed RDUP
performance specifications for fiber optic drop cables.
The chief of the RDUP
telecom program, Jacki Ponti-Lazaruk, attended PCCA's midyear meeting and provided an overview of the RDUP
program and the legislative and regulatory actions that affect it.
provides technical guidance and financial assistance to Independent Operating Companies (IOCs), Rural Local Exchange Carriers (RLECs) and utilities wanting to deliver technological advances to rural communities, with the goal of increasing the rate of broadband deployment.
We appreciate the confidence the RDUP
and our new investor have shown, and look forward to working with each of our partners to bring high-quality, high-speed wireless communications products and services to markets which have been ignored for too long.
Inclusion on the RDUP
List of Materials means that qualifying rural telephone companies, utilities, and municipalities may purchase products with long-term, low-interest loans funded by the United States government.
Accelerating network upgrades in rural areas require deployments today, and the RDUP
acceptance of our FTTX products allows rural carriers to meet the growing demand for advanced communications.
In addition to the newly added products, the RDUP
has previously listed Corning Cable Systems' OptiTect(TM) Advantage and Premier Local Convergence Point (LCP) Cabinets, OptiSheath Classic and Advantage Terminals and Closures, OptiDrop(TM) Pedestals, and SST-Drop(TM), SOLO(R) and ALTOS(R) Cable families.
We are proud to be able to contribute to the expansion of rural economic development by providing high-quality, cost effective FTTX solutions to RDUP
borrowers," said Pat O'Brien, president of Global Connectivity Solutions for ADC.