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Saturday, September 06, 2003


Hybrid fiber optic/wireless systems as an alternative to powerline broadband?

In reading over some of the responses to the FCC's inquiry into powerline broadband (also called BPL or broadband over powerline), I came across the following:

"We have seen suggestions for a BPL system based on 802.11 for its delivery from the power pole to the home and fiber from the central office to the power pole. This technology achieves the desired result without generating wideband RF signals and creating the risks of interference. The growth of 802.11 is bringing this technology quickly down the learning curve and costs are expected to continue falling."

This was in a response from AMRAD expressing concern about BPL interference to amateur radio operations.

This is an intriguing idea, although there are a number of outside plant implementation details that would need to be sorted out.

Does anyone out there have any more information on this concept? Is anyone working on it?


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