AFL is committed to supporting the expansion of broadband access in underserved communities across
America. For nearly 40 years, AFL has proudly manufactured fiber optic cable, components, and conductor
accessories in the United States, creating thousands of jobs across the nation.
We are proud to offer fiber optic cable and components that meet domestic preference requirements for federally funded projects. AFL offers superior products leveraging our international manufacturing network with a robust supply chain, allowing us to meet our customer’s needs.
Questions or comments? Email us at ConnectingAmerica@AFLglobal.com.
Products that Connect America
Department of Treasury compliance supplement - Awards made under the Corona Virus Capital Fund Program authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) are not subject to the Buy America Preference requirements set forth in section 70914 of the Build America, Buy America Act included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Pub. L. 117-58.
2023 CPF Compliance Supplement (treasury.gov)
Department of Treasury provides final rule - Awards made under the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) are not subject to the Buy America Preference requirements set forth in section 70914 of the Build America, Buy America Act included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Pub. L. 117-58.
SLFRF Final Rule FAQ (treasury.gov)
Depart of Agriculture provides final rule on RUS Rural eConnectivity Program - only Non-Federal Entities must be compliant with Buy America Preference requirements set forth in section 70914 of the Build America, Buy America Act included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Pub. L. 117-58.
Depart of Agriculture provides final rule on RUS Rural eConnectivity Program - For-Profits and Electric Cooperatives may source materials from eligible counties. Where “eligible country” is any country that applies with respect to the United States an agreement ensuring reciprocal access for United States products and services and United States suppliers to the markets of that country, as determined by the United States Trade Representative.
Department of Commerce Middle Mile Waiver has been approved providing waivers for several different equipment areas including optical connectivity - cabinets, splitters, terminals, cable assemblies, and DWDM mux and transponders - see
National Telecommunications and Information Administration Limited Applicability Nonavailability Waiver of the Buy America Domestic Content Procurement Preference as Applied to Recipients of Middle Mile Grant Program Awards for more detail. It should be noted the waiver does not cover Optical Cable.
- Build America, Buy America Act – Federal Financial Assistance
- The Build America, Buy America Act ("BABA") requires that all of the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in infrastructure projects are produced in the United States. This is also known as a "domestic preference."
- More information can be found at MadeinAmerica.gov.
- Exceptions and Waivers to Domestic Preference
- Exceptions and waivers will be made by the head of a Federal agency – but first the agency must post the proposed waiver online for 15 days to allow the public to review it and submit comments. Waivers posted for public comment are posted by each agency.
- A consolidated list can be found here.
- International Trade Agreement Obligations
- The BABA provisions apply in a manner consistent with United States obligations under international agreements. Typically, Federal financial assistance awards are generally not subject to international trade agreements because these international obligations only apply to direct procurement activities by signatories to such agreements.
- In certain circumstances, however, 37 of 50 States and some sub-Federal entities have opted to obligate their procurement activities to the terms of one or more international trade agreements, and as such, are included in schedules to the international trade agreements.
- A list of the U.S. States, other sub-Federal entities, and other entities that are subject to U.S. obligations under international agreements can be found here.
- NTIA/Department of Commerce BABA website:
- USDA BABA website:
NTIA Estimated Timeline