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FCC vows to resolve BPL interference issues as they arise

Post by LoBuck » Tue Aug 08, 2006 2:16 pm

From CED Broadband Direct

By Brian Santo, CED
8/4/2006 12:18:00 PM

The Federal Communications Commission decided to forge ahead with its current favorable policy toward broadband over power line (BPL) systems, with a few minor concessions, the most notable to the ham radio community.

Despite the potential of "notching" -- the filtering out of spectrum used by ham radio operators -- hams have long complained about interference from BPL systems, and petitioned the FCC to recognize the problem and put a halt to the rollout of BPL until the interference problem could be studied and fully understood.

The FCC in its announcement Thursday denied the request to put a hold on BPL development, but said it will maintain safeguards against harmful interference to existing radio services, and that if harmful interference does occur, the Commission will take appropriate action to remedy the situation.

The agency also upheld a requirement that information regarding BPL deployment must be provided in a public database at least 30 days prior to the deployment of that equipment, and it updated rules that create exclusion zones around radio astronomy stations.

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We don't have this in the Yuma Area, but I know there are some areas in the Southeastern US that do. Anyone on the board heard of the power companies in thier area launching BPL?
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