Daniel Ashton, Senior Engineer – Electrical Protection (ICEP), CenturyLink, has 34 years of telecom experience, primarily in the OSP environment, and is focused on network reliability. Dan initiated and managed a field trial for a lightning pro-tection system that helped reduce lightning and AC power damage to remote elec-tronic cabinet sites. He continues to work with surge protection manufacturers to improve the technology. Dan currently represents CenturyLink as a member of the IEEE (PES) Wire-Line subcommittee and SPD committee, is chairman for the ATIS STEP-NEP committee and annual ATIS Protection Engineering Group (PEG) conference, and is a member of the NFPA 780 working groups and TIA TR-42 standards committees. For more information, please email Dan-i[email protected] or visit https://www.centurylink.com/.