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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

 

Links to FCC statements today on powerline broadband

Links to FCC statements today on powerline broadband

Documents are available in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf):

Microsoft Word versions:
FCC news release
Chairman Powell's Statement
Commisioner Abernathy's Statement
Commisioner Copps' Statement
Commisioner Martin's Statement
Commisioner Adelstein's Statement

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FCC news release
Chairman Powell's Statement
Commisioner Abernathy's Statement
Commisioner Copps' Statement
Commisioner Martin's Statement
Commisioner Adelstein's Statement

excerpt from Martin's statement:
"I wish to emphasize that the inquiry we commence today should in no way slow down BPL deployment. Several companies have told me they can deploy BPL technology under our existing rules. I strongly support such efforts. This inquiry is meant to facilitate BPL technology."

[Commissioner Martin is referring to the potential for powerline broadband -- or BPL as the FCC calls it -- to interfere with radios and other electrical devices. This concern will be a major focus of the FCC's investigation.]

excerpt from Copps' statement:
"Important questions include: How do we avoid cross-subsidy from a corporation’s regulated energy businesses to its communications business and resulting price hikes for energy customers in noncompetitive markets? What are the implications of power line communications to universal service? To rural communications? Are there pole attachment or rights-of-way issues we should address? I am not suggesting that we need to answer these questions, and I am sure many others, right now. We do not have anywhere near enough information. But I believe that the FCC works best when it tackles the tough questions early on."

excerpt from Powell's statement:
"As I recently witnessed first hand at a local site visit, the potential of this new technology is immense. Broadband over power lines can offer consumers freedom to access broadband services from any room in their home without need to pay for additional wiring, by simply plugging an adaptor into an existing electrical outlet. For our nation’s power utilities, Broadband over power lines can improve the utilities’ ability to manage their electric grids through applications like remote power outage notification, load management to reduce peak power usage, load balancing, and remote meter reading. Power line technology also provides for useful redundancy and diversity in communications networks that are key aspects of secure homeland communications."

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