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Electric Utilites and Cooperatives - Learn How AFL Can Be Your Total Solution Provider

Founded in 1984, AFL is a leader in providing inventive fiber optic and conductor accessories solutions for electric utilities and cooperatives. Join us over the next few months for this free webinar series to learn about the new and unique solutions AFL has to offer catering to the Energy market. We will explore a range of topics listed below. 

Who Should Attend:

• Transmission Line Engineers
• Telecom/Network Engineers
• Standards Engineer
• Project Engineers
• Transmission & Distribution Engineering Managers
• Fiber and Communications Technicians

Wednesday August 21, 2019 at 2 PM EST
Webinar #1: From Theory to Troubleshooting — Fiber 101
Presented by: Steve Wolszczak, Technical Manager, Light Brigade

This first session will serve as a foundation so that the attendee will better understand the following sessions in the series without the need to review basics. Topics covered will include the basics of a fiber optic network, both Point-to-Point and FTTx, as well as the theory of light transmission and network performance, including loss, reflection and dispersion. Attendees will learn basic terminology, units of measurement, fundamentals of fiber cable design and cable designs for utilities. The webinar will also touch on commissioning, maintenance and troubleshooting concepts.

Wednesday September 11, 2019 at 2 PM EST
Webinar #2: Selecting the Right Aerial Fiber Optic Cable for Your Transmission & Distribution System
Presented by: Carson Joye, Application Engineer, AFL and Tyler Tootle, Application Engineer, AFL

Electric utilities use fiber optic pathways for a variety of reasons including SCADA, protective relays, and internal WAN on their transmission and distribution systems. In most cases, the aerial right of way is seen as the most effective and efficient communication pathway. This webinar will explore the different aerial fiber optic cable options for electric utilities including optical ground wire (OPGW) and all-dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) cables.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 at 2 PM EST
Webinar #3: Vibration – An Introductory Understanding of Causes and Remedies
Presented by: Curt Turner, Application Engineer, AFL

This webinar will provide a synopsis of overhead transmission conductor motion, with a focus on Aeolian vibration and wake-induced oscillation. It will also dive into the explanation of causes, influencing factors in line design, risk assessment and mitigation methods.

Wednesday November 20, 2019 at 2 PM EST
Webinar #4: Inspect, Clean, Test… Now What? 
Presented by: Michael Scholten, Senior Product Marketing Manager, AFL

Utilities are increasingly applying fiber networks to monitor and manage utility assets, as well as to deliver broadband services to underserved municipalities and rural communities. Whether deploying point-to-point monitoring, management and communications networks, or installing and maintaining Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Passive Optical Networks (PONs), ensuring your network’s optical loss is within budget and no excess reflections are present are key to reliable performance. This session identifies key physical network issues that lead to poor optical network performance, the unique challenges FTTH PONs present, and how to prevent or overcome those challenges using connector inspection and cleaning tools, light sources and power meters, OTDRs and optical fiber identifiers.


  • One $25 Amazon gift card will be given away during each live webinar. Must be present on the webinar to win.
  • Attend all four webinars to be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The winner will be notified by December 1, 2019.
  • Additionally, our training division, the Light Brigade, will offer participants 15% off any of an instructor-led training class for attending the first webinar. If you attend at least 3 out of 4 webinars in the series (and stay for the entire session), you will receive a 20% discount off any instructor-led training class.
The Light Brigade works with the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) to provide UTC certifications for "Fiber Optics for Utilities" specific courses. Find more information on Utility courses here.