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Light Brigade Exhibiting & Presenting at the 2024 BICSI Winter Conference

Light Brigade is excited to announce that they will once again be exhibiting and presenting at the BICSI Winter Conference held in Orlando Florida, January 28 – February 1.

In support of the 2024 BICSI Winter Conference, Light Brigade is an apparel sponsor for the Cabling Skills Challenge, which supports all BICSI-credentialed Installers and Technicians.

Light Brigade’s Technical Director, Sean Kelly, RCDD, will be presenting a Pre-Conference Masterclass and participating in/moderating a concurrent session.

The Pre-Conference Masterclass: Help Close the Digital Divide – FTTx Outside Plant Design.  This masterclass will focus on the proper design of FTTx point-to-point and point-to-multipoint passive optical networks (PON) with home-run, centralized, and distributed topologies. Students will learn about the importance of customer take rate and density, and how they apply to your design. The masterclass will review various network configurations, design benchmarks, splitter locations, termination techniques, and installation parameters for FTTx systems. Economic node location decisions based on various architectures will be examined, followed by a comparison of PON vs. Active Ethernet design considerations. Finally, co-existence with the next generation of FTTx systems, futureproofing, future growth and migration, and fiber sizing will be explored. This masterclass will be presented on Monday, January 29, at 1:00pm in Sebastian II.

The Concurrent Session: TALES FROM THE FIELD: TOP 5 MISTAKES WE SEE AND HOW TO AVOID THEM. With higher data rates and faster speeds, proper installation and testing is more critical than ever before. Our experienced presenters have seen it all -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Whether forgotten, unintentionally overlooked, or simply not known, these common errors can spell disaster for not only timelines and budgets but the long-term reliability of critical systems. This panel of seasoned experts — including Rodney Casteel of CommScope, David Tannis of AFL, Cole Bondy of EXFO, and Brian Teague of Old Castle — will highlight the potential pitfalls and discuss proper methodologies to avoid them. Sean Kelly, RCDD, will serve as moderator and presenter for this panel session, which will take place on Wednesday, January 31, at 1:00pm in Sebastian L4.

Interested in learning more about Light Brigade and its fiber optic skills training?  Stop by Booth 417 to meet with Pam Wooten, Business Development Manager, and Sean Kelly, RCDD, Technical Director and Head of Marketing.

About BICSI:

BICSI is a professional association supporting the advancement of the information and communications technology (ICT) profession and currently serves more than 26,000 members and credential holders. BICSI is the preeminent resource for the Connected World. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.

About Light Brigade:

Since 1987, Light Brigade has trained 85,000+ students in courses ranging from basic fiber optic theory and practices to comprehensive design and installation courses. We are not just theory-based. Our hands-on labs reflect real-world work scenarios, providing the practical training needed to improve operational efficiencies by reducing costly errors. Our diverse team of trainers allows us to ensure the right instructor is leading the right course where their industry knowledge and experience can be leveraged. We work with our industry veteran instructors to tailor programs for technicians, installers, engineers, designers, and other support staff from a variety of industries. We offer several routes for training and can tailor any program to suit your needs. To learn more about Light Brigade training, visit

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