Black Box Corporation (Black Box) subscribes to the policy of the United States Government
that small business concerns, including woman-owned small business concerns, small business concerns
owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, veteran-owned small
business concerns, service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns, and HUBZone small business
concerns, shall have the opportunity to participate in contracts by providing its services and/or
supplies to Black Box. Black Box shall endeavor to carry out this policy.
The Small Business Program that has been developed by Black Box is aimed at achieving subcontract goals
and includes the following initiatives as appropriate:
1. Assure that Black Box’s Small Business Subcontracting Program is publicized.
2. Communicate with Black Box personnel as necessary in order to increase awareness of Black Box’s
policy and commitment.
3. Provide information concerning the program and policy guidelines to both internal and external parties.
4. Ensure that requests for contracts are designed to permit the maximum practicable participation of
Small Business Concerns where appropriate.
5. Identify Small Business Concerns and coordinate inquiries from them about Black Box opportunities.
6. Assist Small Business Concerns to competitively conduct business with Black Box.
7. Monitor Black Box’s Small Business Subcontracting Program performance and make adjustments necessary
to assist in achieving subcontract plan goals.
8. Prepare, execute and submit reports in such form as the Government shall prescribe including forms SF294 and SF295.
9. Demonstrate compliance with the program by maintaining reports and records reflecting Black Box’s efforts including:
— Records of outreach efforts
— Records of organizations contacted to identify Small Business Concerns
— Records of source lists, guides, and other data utilized to identify Small Business Concerns
— Records substantiating internal educational activities to encourage buyers and other responsible
individuals to seek out and utilize Small Business Concerns when appropriate
— Reports reflecting Black Box’s purchases of products and services from Small Business Concerns
— Records to support data submitted on the standard forms
As used in this policy, the term small business concern shall mean a small business as defined
pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act and relevant regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.
Women-owned small business concern means a small business concern:
1. That is at least 51% owned by one or more women; or, in the case of any publicly owned business,
at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more woman, and:
2. Whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.
Small business concern owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals
means a small business concern that represents, as part of its offer, that it is a small business under the size
standard applicable to the acquisition and has received certification by the Small Business Administration
as a small disadvantaged business concern consistent with 13 CFR part 124, subpart B.
Veteran-owned small business concern means a small business concern:
1. Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more veterans (as defined at 38 U.S.C. 101(2))
or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is
owned by one or more veterans; and
2. The management and daily business operations, which are controlled by one or more veterans.
Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern means a small business concern:
1. Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the
case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned
by one or more service-disabled veterans; and
2. The management and daily business operations, which are controlled by one or more service-disabled
veterans or in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent
caregiver of such veteran. Service-disabled veteran means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101 (2),
with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 39 U.S.C 101(16).
HUBZone small business concern means a small business concern that appears
on the List of Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns maintained by the SBA.
Media converters interconnect different cable types such as twisted pair, fiber, and coax within an existing network. They are often used to connect newer Ethernet equipment to legacy cabling. They can also be used in pairs to insert a fiber segment into copper networks to increase cabling distances and enhance immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Traditional media converters are purely Layer 1 devices that only convert electrical signals and physical media. They don’t do anything to the data coming through the link so they’re totally transparent to data. These converters have two ports—one port for each media type. Layer 1 media converters only operate at one speed and cannot, for instance, support both 10-Mbps and 100-Mbps Ethernet.
Some media converters are more advanced Layer 2 Ethernet devices that, like traditional media converters, provide Layer 1 electrical and physical conversion. But, unlike traditional media converters, they also provide Layer 2 services—in other words, they’re really switches. This kind of media converter often has more than two ports, enabling you to, for instance, extend two or more copper links across a single fiber link. They also often feature autosensing ports on the copper side, making them useful for linking segments operating at different speeds.
Media converters are available in standalone models that convert between two different media types and in chassis-based models that connect many different media types in a single housing.
Standalone converters convert between two media. But, like a small apartment, they can be outgrown. Consider your current and future applications before selecting a media converter. Standalone converters are available in many configurations, including 10BASE-T to multimode or single-mode fiber, 10BASE-T to Thin coax (ThinNet), 10BASE-T to thick coax (standard Ethernet), CDDI to FDDI, and Thin coax to fiber. 100BASE-T and 100BASE-FX models that connect UTP to single- or multimode fiber are also available. With the development of Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps), media converters have been created to make the transition to high-speed networks easier.
Chassis-based or modular media converters are normally rackmountable and have slots that house media converter modules. Like a well-planned house, the chassis gives you room to grow. These are used when many Ethernet segments of different media types need to be connected in a central location. Modules are available for the same conversions performed by the standalone converters, and 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 100BASE-FX, and Gigabit modules may also be mixed.
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