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Wednesday, December 03, 2003


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Additional powerline broadband news and links:

Amperion reports it successfully demonstrated its' BPL (broadband over power line) technology on a 69,000 kV line belonging to American Electric Power. Amperion claims this is the first time a BPL system has worked on that high a voltage.

In Oregon, Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) is considering deploying BPL next year.

EPRI -- the Electric Power Research Institute -- is the research laboratory and think tank collectively funded by major North American utilities. They are offering a report on BPL.

Ed Hare with the ARRL pointed me towards a good overview of BPL business and strategy issues given last March at a federal Rural Utilities service symposium by Steve Collier with the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC).

The NRTC web site also has two other BPL presentations from an April meeting. One was by Brett Kilbourne with the United Telecom Council, a utility-backed group; it does a good job of summarizing the regulatory issues associated with BPL deployments. The other presentation was by Allen Todd, Director of Utilities for the City of Manassas, Virginia; Manassas was an early adopter of BPL technology and this presentation addresses some of the practical questions other utilities might have. The Manassas presentation also has good pictures of the equipment Manassas uses.

The latest issue of Public Power magazine has an article on the Manassas project and BPL in general.


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