During new construction of dwelling units, what must be provided for communication equipment?

  1. An outlet.
  2. A surge protective device grounded to the outside metal water spigot.
  3. A plywood backboard, minimum ½-in. thick and at least 4 sq ft in area.
  4. One RJ-45 telephone jack for connection to the local fire department.

Answer: A

As noted in 800.156, "For new construction, a minimum of one communications outlet shall be installed within the dwelling and cabled to the service provider demarcation point." The communications equipment also needs accessible power.

Owen is the owner and president of National Code Seminars and the holder of master electrician certifications in 46 states. He can be reached at necexpert@aol.com.