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  1. We Have Moved

    Teamwork makes the dream work. This was true in early May when Team Light Brigade packed, unloaded, and powered up in anticipation of welcoming students to our new training facility. All the hard work paid off three days later when our first class of Fiber Optic 1-2-3 students arrived at our new headquarters.

    Our bright and open classroom can accommodate up to 21 students when COVID restrictions are lifted and currently allows for social distancing. A large conference room provides ancillary space for hands-on labs or additional instruction space.

    Students will appreciate the easy freeway access, ample parking, and proximity to several dining and lodging options. Seattle and Tacoma are just a short Uber or taxi ride as well as Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

    “No one is ever keen on moving, but our dedicated team pulled together and made it work for our customers a ...

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  2. Take Our New Website for a Spin

    Go from zero to reserved fiber training in just minutes with our new eCommerce website. Effortlessly view all open classes, class locations (cities), and then book your training. It is a simplified and time-saving enhancement we know you will appreciate. As always, Light Brigade sales representatives will be a phone call or email away to provide expert assistance.

    Buying fiber optic gear like cleaning supplies, splicers, or tools is also convenient on the new website. Visitors can browse Light Brigade’s vendor-agnostic products, make their selection, proceed to check out and track their order.

    A blog, with a variety of resources and articles, is an additional value-add for website visitors. Blog content will feature product reviews, expert advice from our instructors, and helpful downloads.

    Our new branding is showcased throughout the website. The u ...

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  3. The first successful automatically switched rotary dial phone network was installed in La Porte, Indiana in 1892?

    The inventor, Almon Brown Strowger was motivated because his undertaker business was losing clients to a competitor whose telephone operator wife was redirecting all calls for Strowger to her husband’s business. He formed the Strowger Automatic Telephone Exchange Company and installed and opened the first commercial exchange in his hometown of La Porte, Indiana on November 3, 1892, with about 75 subscribers and capacity for 99. He sold his patents to his associates in 1896 for $1800 and sold his share in the Automatic Electric Company for $10,000 in 1898. His patents subsequently sold to Bell Systems for $2.5 million in 1916 ...

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  4. The growing trend to high fiber count cables?

    Deployments of 1,728 and 3,456 fiber cables are growing rapidly? They are used in everything from Hyperscale data centers to long-haul backbones. These ultra/super high count cables present lots of opportunities and perhaps a few challenges along the way. Today’s cable designs using standard flat and newer collapsible ribbons, along with options using 200um coated fibers, are providing new opportunities for high-density applications in a very small cable package. We have seen 1728 fiber cables with an outer diameter under 0.90 inches with several options right around the 1” diameter size. These space-saving options require a little training and practice for handling and managing all those fibers, binders, and new identification markings. They can provide significant savings in installation and splicing times, making some front-end training worthwhile ...

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  5. The importance of third-party professional certification?

    Third-party professional certification adds a layer of critical checks and balances to the training and certification process. Accredited certification bodies follow a strict set of rules for vetting exams and supporting training to assure that the subject matter is relevant and complies with industry standards. Learn More ...

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  6. That hands-on learning increases retention and comprehension?

    Training that provides a significant amount of learn-by-doing boosts a student's retention of information by 10-fold. With hands-on learning students are physically engaged and understand difficult concepts better. This type of training also give students an opportunity to apply knowledge to real-world situations. And, when mistakes are made, they facilitate the learning process by allowing students to troubleshoot and determine what went wrong. Hands-on learning is much like riding a bike. One doesn't read a book about riding a bike and then hop on and cruise down the road. No - it takes practice and likely a few falls. That’s hands-on learning - the time to try, figure it out and succeed ...

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  7. 200 micron fibers and collapsible ribbons are two hot trends in the fiber optic space?

    Be in the know on all the emerging trends in fiber – Check Out our Trends in Fiber Optics Webinar ...

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