Earth Grounding for TV and Telephone

One example of an Intersystem bonding termination as required by the National Electrical Code. This installation was for the electrical service on a storage shed.
One example of an Intersystem bonding termination as required by the National Electrical Code. This installation was for the electrical service on a storage shed.


Dear Mr. Electrician: How do I ground my telephone and cable TV demarcation terminal blocks?  NOTE: Text links below go to applicable products on Amazon.com

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Answer: Your telephone and cable TV service each needs to be bonded to a ground rod or water pipe ground, or both if available.  This is for lightning protection.  If Lightning were to strike the outside cable TV wire and your home has good ground connections, the lightning energy would be channeled directly to earth.

With a weak or non-existent earth ground connection, the lightning will find a way to earth, but that could be a path through your TV, computer, major appliance, even the metal ducts in your house.  That is how things get damaged or fires start.  Click here for photos of one example of a TV and Telephone bonding and grounding on an older house.

A whole house surge protector will add more protection against lightning and power surges.  Some surge protectors can protect additional electrical system threats such as solar flares and an electromagnetic pulse.  Check out EMP Shield surge protectors (Warning, I am an affiliate).

Grounding Other Utilities

The grounding electrode conductor (Green wire) passes through the Intersystem Bonding Termination and continues to one ground rod and then terminates on a second ground rod several feet away.
The grounding electrode conductor (Green wire) passes through the Intersystem Bonding Termination and continues to one ground rod and then terminates on a second ground rod several feet away.  The conduit poking out of the ground is the electric utility company’s underground service feed for the electric meter.

The Photo above depicts an Intersystem Bonding Termination which is required by the National Electrical Code.  This simple terminal block makes it easy for telephone and cable TV installers to connect their grounding electrode conductor wire to a good earth ground connection.  It takes one large grounding electrode conductor and up to four smaller grounding conductors for cable TV and telephone services.  It is important to have this for lightning protection.  The Intersystem Bonding Termination is required as per article 250.94 in the National Electrical Code.  You should also read NFPA 780 on lightning protection.

Something else to consider is the installation of a surge protector.  Read my post on that subject here.

You should also read my post about the grounding electrode system.