Arlington, VA., April 28, 2003. The Fiber Optics LAN Section (FOLS) of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has elected officers to lead the Section's expanded mission in 2003. John Struhar, Distinguished Member of the the Technical Staff at OFS Optics was named as Section Chair. He will lead the initiative, which will provide IT and MIS managers information about the benefits that optical fiber can bring to newly emerging applications in customer-owned networks.
In addition to Struhar, the following other leaders in the fiber optic industry have been elected:
- Vice Chair, Mike Lynch, 3M
- Communication Subcommittee Chair, Louise Bryant, OFS
- Membership Subcommittee Chair, Bob Jensen, Fluke Networks
- Standards Subcommittee Chair, Herb Congdon, Tyco Electronics
Now in its 10th year, FOLS was originally founded to provide information on the use of fiber in the backbone and horizontal portions of premises networks. To meet the emerging needs of end users, FOLS members decided that in 2003 it would expand its scope. "Our members see fiber being used to help organizations meet system needs in a variety of customer-owned networks, ranging from industrial applications and Storage Area Networks to internal networks inside Central Offices. We have an opportunity to help them better understand where fiber can offer them solutions that are cost effective and effective both in terms of installed first cost and lifecycle cost," said Struhar.
The FOLS focuses on educating end users and influencers about the technical advantages and affordability that optical transmission brings to the desktop as well as a full range of additional customer-owned network applications. FOLS members are leading fiber cable, component and electronics companies including, 3M/Volition, AMP/Tyco Electronics, Corning, Fluke Networks, Leviton Voice & Data, OFS, Optek Technology, Ortronics, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave and Transition Networks.
Visit the FOLS at www.fols.org .
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The association provides a market-focused forum for its more than 1,000 member companies that manufacture or supply the products and services used in global communications. TIA represents the communications sector of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA).
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