Senior Engineer Inductive Coordination and Electrical Protection, ATIS PEG Conference Chair
CenturyLink on Behalf of ATIS PEG
Dan Ashton has been employed by Centurylink (Qwest, US West, Mountain Bell, Illinois Bell) for 33 years, and is currently a Senior Electrical Protection Engineer. Dan started with Illinois Bell in 1977, transferring to Mountain Bell in 1979. After leaving the Bell System in 1983, Dan came back to work for US West in 1991 and spent 7 years as a cable and digital loop carrier repairman in Taos, New Mexico responsible for all noise mitigation work and all repairs and maintenance work on DLC remote equipment including proper grounding, TVSS maintenance and MLT maintenance. Dan spent the next 7 years as state wide (NM) technical support working on power influence/ noise mitigation, high voltage protection, grounding/ bonding, chronic DLC repairs, MLT maintenance and chronic DS0, DS1, and DS3 repairs. He also headed a multiyear field trial of Lightning Protection/AC Isolation technology in NM for remote digital loop carrier protection. During this time, Dan started attending PEG conferences and also began presenting at PEG. The following 2 years Dan continued as state wide (NM) technical support adding support for DSL remote equipment test and turn up including training CenturyLink (Qwest) personal on test and turn up practices. In July 2009, Dan was promoted to Lead Technical Support Engineer responsible for high voltage protection, power influence and noise mitigation and ground/bonding practices in 4 classic Qwest states. Since CenturyLink’s purchase of Qwest, Dan has been involved with high voltage protection and noise mitigation throughout CenturyLink’s territory. Dan has also been part of several internal committees rewriting grounding & bonding, high voltage protection and noise mitigation practices for the combined company’s. He has worked in the field extensively with technicians on noise mitigation, AC induction and lightning protection issues. Dan rewrote CenturyLink’s Tech Pub 77321 High Voltage Protection, which is now published on the CenturyLink Tech Pub web site. Dan has also written several electrical protection Methods and Procedures and job aids for CenturyLink. Dan is currently a member of the IEEE (PES) Wire-Line subcommittee, ATIS STEP-NEP committee (where he is technical editor for ATIS 0600012 series of documents), NFPA 780 technical editing committees for grounding & bonding and personal protection and has been involved with the latest editing of Erikson (Telcordia) GR 63 and GR 1089.
As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry’s business priorities. ATIS’ 150 member companies are currently working to address IoT, 5G, robocall mitigation, Smart Cities, artificial intelligence-enabled networks, distributed ledger/blockchain technology, cybersecurity, emergency services, quality of service, billing support, operations, and much more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle – from design and innovation through standards, specifications, requirements, business use cases, software toolkits, open source solutions, and interoperability testing.