Cat5 cable sources

Who is everyone using for cable these days?

For customer installs, we’re still buying the cheap CMR-CMX chinese crap from It is outdoor rated and underground capable with a jacket and a foil shield. The twists aren’t real tight. It used to be $100-$130 for 1000ft with shipping. Now it’s closer to $170 per 1000ft.

For tower sites, we use the chinese stuff or nicer Belden cable (7719 IIRC?). Of course anything really nice usually goes up to $300 per 1000ft.

Tessco. We use Belden 7919A (1000’ @ $325) for tower runs and 1594A (1000’ @ $160) for customer installs.