Copper Clad Aluminum Cable Conductors Cause Concern
Contractors Beware! The Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (CCCA) and the Copper Development Association (CDA) have put out a warning on Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables being sold in the U.S. made with copper clad aluminum conductors. These cables violate NEC codes, UL 444 (safety standard) and TIA 568C.2 which all require solid copper conductors for multi-conductor comm. cables. If you install cables in buildings that require valid safety ratings (CM, CMR, CMP, etc.), these cannot be legally installed. How can you tell if you have received “faux” cable? Simply scrape the conductor – if the “copper” comes off and exposes a bright silver aluminum conductor, you do not have industry compliant product.