FOA Knowledge Base For Fiber Optics & Cabling
it began in 1995, the FOA has been developing an extensive
knowledge base for fiber optics. Until we began, most
information on fiber optics was in the form of academic
textbooks, not appropriate for installers and contractors,
and application notes from manufacturers on their specific
products. The FOA focus was on the practical side of fiber
optics, the design, installation and operation of fiber
By tapping the knowledge of dozens of technical experts
worldwide who were working in the field and training other
fiber techs, the FOA has created an extensive knowledge
base on fiber optics and premises cabling. FOA has
published this material online and printed in textbooks.
With the advent of YouTube, we created a channel and began
uploading instructional videos, now over 100 total,
including more than 50 short lectures on fiber optic
topics. This knowledge base also allowed FOA to create
Fiber U online training which now includes many free
online self study courses. And the FOA network of
worldwide experts has also worked to create fiber optic
curriculum resources which are made available at no cost
to appropriate organizations.
FOA knowledge base is widely used. About 1/2 million users
download 4 million pages from the FOA guide every year.
The FOA YouTube videos have been viewed 3 million times.
And the FOA textbooks are used to train fiber optic techs
around the world - even in Spanish and French.
Policy For FOA Copyrighted Materials:
FOA Online Reference
Guide, Textbooks, Videos on YouTube and Fiber
U contain much information relevant to fiber optics
and communications. The FOA has prepared this information
as a technically correct, non-commercial reference guide
to fiber optics and cabling for use by everyone in the
All FOA materials, including text and graphics, are
copyrighted and subject to legal restrictions on its
material may be linked from other websites with no
The FOA is glad to grant permission on request have
the material used for reference, education, etc. on a
non-commercial basis as long as the source (FOA) is
identified with attribution and no claims are made that
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material to promote any company or organization.
By non-commercial use with attribution, we mean:
use means the material is not reproduced in any
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etc.) and sold or used in commercial activities
which may include marketing or training for payment.
material may be printed or copied in small quantities
for non-commercial use in presentations, training
handouts or other uses internal to an organization
with no permission required as long as the following
attribution is included: "Reproduced from the Fiber
Optic Association Online Reference Guide.
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in activities which may include marketing,
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for each individual use.
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